Tiburon Peninsula Historic Trail
- Accessible Restrooms
- Fishing pier
- Accessible Parking
- Wildlife viewing
- Particularly good for families
Toward the end of the trail, in linear Shoreline Park, is the Tiburon Railroad and Ferry Depot Museum. Constructed in 1885 as part of the San Francisco and North Pacific Tiburon terminal, this depot was the railroad and ferry link to San Francisco until 1967. The ground floor houses a working scale model of the rail yard and ferry terminal as it was in 1909, historic photographs, and artifacts. The second floor (not accessible) has a reconstruction of the stationmaster’s residence.
Trails and Pathways
- Tiburon Peninsula Historic Trail, Tiburon Bike Path
- Trailhead Location:
- Blackieâ€™s Pasture
- Trail Length:
- Over 4 total miles
- Typical Width:
- 4 ft. & above
- Typical Grade:
A landscaped area with more than 250 native plants is at the start of the asphalt trail that leads toward downtown Tiburon. A statue of Blackie stands tall off in a field; on my visit, the field surface was firm enough to roll across and get close to the statue. Back on the trail, you cross over a small creek bed on Schapero Bridge (named after the Tiburon town treasurer responsible for protecting Blackie’s Pasture), then pass some restrooms before reaching a junction. Continue uphill on the asphalt trail or, as we did, follow the hard-packed gravel trail for less than .3 miles as it hugs the shoreline; some of the best views are on this stretch. I paused here and enjoyed listening to ducks skittering across the water. McKegney Green, a large grass playing field, is on the inland side. A children’s play area that is tucked against the hillside can be reached from either trail, but access is easiest from the asphalt trail. After the trail curves inland, it climbs a very steep incline and reconnects to the main trail.
Back on the main trail, Bay views soon disappear. Instead you see residences and tennis courts, and hear traffic from nearby Tiburon Boulevard, for the next 1.5 miles. After you cross San Rafael Avenue, trees enclose the trail, providing shade and obscuring nearby residences. At Cove Road, bicycles are directed to an on-street bike lane and pedestrians continue on sidewalks another .5 miles to downtown.
Here you can opt for a lunch break or drinks at one of the waterside cafes along Main Street, or continue a quarter-mile on the trail as it curves along the Bay through Shoreline Park. Grassy areas with benches provide opportunities to stop and admire Angel Island, which looms large across the water. You’ll pass the Railroad and Ferry Museum before you reach the trail’s end at Elephant Rock, which is a few feet offshore and is reached by a ramp. The wooden deck surrounding the rock has small gaps through which you can see the water below.
- Accessible Parking:
- Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;
At Blackie’s Pasture, along Tiburon Blvd. (south of Lyford Drive), and at Donohue Depot on Paradise Dr.
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – Accessible restrooms are a few hundred feet past the bridge at Blackie’s Pasture (open sunrise to sunset); by the children’s play area; and on Main Street at the ferry landing for Angel Island. When I visited, an accessible portable unit was at the west end of Paradise Drive.
- Accessible Picnic Table:
- Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance; Located at the childrenâ€™s playground at McKegney Green and at Blackie's Pasture.
- Other Things of Interest:
- Scheduled passenger ferries to Angel Island leave from 21 Main St. in downtown Tiburon.