Pinole Shores Park and Bay Trail

  • Wildlife viewing
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Bicycling

Amenities

  • Accessible Parking
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Bicycling

Information

Website:
ebparks.org
Address:
Foot of Pinole Shores Dr. (west of San Pablo Avenue)
Region:
San Francisco Bay Area
Phone:
Info: (888) 327-2757
Dogs:
On leash
Last Reviewed:
January 2020
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Views of San Pablo Bay are magnificent from the paved hillside trail of this park at Point Wilson, just northeast of Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. Mount Tamalpais rises in the west, to the east are the oil refinery in Rodeo and the hills ringing Carquinez Strait. In spring, the grasses along the trail are tall and green, wildflowers and birds are out in force, and cool breezes swirl off the bay. A 1,000 foot bridge built in 2019 closed the gap between this park & Bayfront Park further north allowing for a 2.5 mile continuous stretch of Bay Trail.

Trails and Pathways

Trail:
Pinole Shores Bay Trail
Trail Length:
2-4 total miles
Typical Width:
4 ft. & above
Typical Grade:
Steep
Typical Terrain:
Hard
Trail Overview:

From the parking lot you can follow the trail to the left for .5 mile or right for a longer hike­­—both have steep hills. Turning left takes you toward Point Wilson, along the moderate slopes of a grassy hillside that partly skirts suburban backyards and from which you can see across the water to the eucalyptus forest at Point Pinole and watch trains pass nearby below the hillside. 

A right turn from the parking lot leads you east, briefly along an oak-shaded clifftop section then down a steep slope into Gately Gulch, a willow-shaded streamside area where I saw many red-winged blackbirds. The trail then climbs steeply to reach the top of an open hillside, where it levels off and crosses a 1,000-foot bridge to small Bayfront Park beyond. Expansive bay views and benches are plentiful throughout.

Accessibility Notes: The steep slope's were no problem for me in my power wheelchair but would be quite a workout for a manual wheelchair user

Amenities

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking:
Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm

Additional Information:

The nearest accessible restroom is at Bayfront Park.

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