Bay Trail: Coyote Point to San Mateo Bridge
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Parking
- Particularly good for families
Trails and Pathways
- Bay Trail: Coyote Point Recreation Area to San Mateo Bridge
- Trailhead Location:
- Entry points include the parking lot behind the yacht club at Coyote Point Recreation Area, and at Ryder, Seal Point, and Bayside/Joinville parks.
- Trail Length:
- Over 4 total miles
- Typical Width:
- 4 ft. & above
- Typical Grade:
Just past the park, take the pedestrian bridge over San Mateo Creek and follow the levee trail as it enters 50-acre Seal Point Park, built on a former dump. Here you will find a dog park, restrooms, paved and dirt trails, a paved windsurfing launch (with a level platform that’s accessible at low tide), and an outdoor classroom facing the wetland on the park’s south side. From Seal Point Park, the trail runs along J. Hart Clinton Drive for approximately .5 miles to Mariners Point Golf Center. Just past Seal Point Park you come to Marina Lagoon. For a side trip to Bayside/Joinville Park, leave the Bay Trail at the parking lot at the south end of the pedestrian bridge over Marina Lagoon. Go through the lot to the intersection of J. Hart Clinton Drive and Anchor Road. Follow Anchor Road inland 10 feet, turn right at the sign for the park, and continue to another bridge that leads to the park’s back entrance.
Returning to the Bay Trail from Bayside/Joinville Park, cross Marina Lagoon on the pedestrian bridge. Where Clinton Drive turns into East Third Avenue, the trail turns slightly inland alongside Bay Marshes Open Space, also known as Seal Marsh, with mudflats, rocks, and an open field on the Bay side. An accessible pier suspends you over the wetlands for a closer look at the wildlife. The trail then turns sharply toward the Bay and travels behind Mariners Point Golf Links, where tall net fences protect passersby from stray golf balls. Next is a series of small, inaccessible sandy beaches.
Follow the trail another .5 miles along East Third Avenue, past a municipal maintenance yard and an office complex and under the San Mateo Bridge. Fishermen wait patiently on the windy shoreline, hoping to make a catch. Traveling beneath the bridge is an unusual experience; amid the whir of auto and truck traffic, you can hear it vibrate and creak. Nearby you can see a section of the old bridge that was turned into the 4,000-foot San Mateo County Fishing Pier, closed indefinitely as of 2006.
- Accessible Parking:
- Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;
At Ryder, Seal Point, and Bayside/Joinville parks. A trailside lot is on East Third Ave. at Anchor Rd., and public shoreline spaces are in the office complex at the end of East Third Ave. See Coyote Point for parking at the trail's northern end.
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – Ryder Park, Bayside/Joinville Park, and Seal Point Park
- Accessible Picnic Table:
- Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance; Ryder Park and Harbor View Park