If you have a dog or simply like them, check out Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, a 23-acre park where dogs are allowed off leash. It's one of the largest public off-leash dog parks in the nation. A self-serve/full-service pet-grooming business, Mudpuppy’s, is in a small building off the Isabel Street parking lot. Adjacent to it is the Sit and Stay Café, with a patio where you’ll find dog owners hanging out while they wait for their clean pups.
On the west side of Isabel Rd just before it ends is a launch area for small watercraft that is part of the Bay Water Trail. A concrete ramp takes you to the high tide line but there is a slight drop off so assistance might be required.
From the park’s eastern end you can connect to a section of Bay Trail that follows the shoreline nearly 2 miles north to Shimada Friendship Park, then continues several miles farther, almost to the Richmond–San Rafael Bridge. Water activities are popular at the pocket-sized Shimada Park, where on a breezy day you’re likely to see people surfboard sailing. Or heading south on the Bay Trail you can travel nearly 2 miles to Albany Beach.
Trails and Pathways
- Channel Trail
- Trailhead Location:
- Foot of Isabel St.
- Trail Length:
- 2-4 total miles
- Typical Width:
- 4 ft. & above
- Elevation Change
- 19 feet
- Typical Grade:
- Typical Terrain:
- Moderately Firm, Hard
From the Isabel Street lot, follow the asphalt (rough in places) Channel Trail for .5-mile to a wooden bridge over Hoffman Channel where you have 2 options to continue. Turn right and travel past the restrooms to the Rydin St. entrance to connect to the Bay Trail that is paved and continues north or south for more than 5 miles in either direction or to stay in the park's boundary cross the bridge to an undeveloped section, North Point Isabel. Here a perimeter trail makes a .9 mile loop around an open field with sparse grasses and low bushes. The terrain on this loop is rock strewn and very bumpy but if you can handle it there is a reward at the halfway point: a picnic table at waters edge with views across the bay. The second part of the loop feels more secluded with some taller coyote bushes and fewer people. On my visit I was captivated by a pod of low-flying pelican's who every time they circled back, grew in numbers. At .7 miles around the loop you can exit to the paved Bay Trail or retrace your route back where you started.
More Info: At .4 miles there is a dip and the short uphill section may be slightly steeper than 8 % (a typical ramp is 8%) Only the Channel Trail is asphalt; across the channel the surface is large gravel with a firm base. It can be quite bumpy in places.
The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria
unless otherwise noted.
- Accessible Parking:
- Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;
The lot at the end of Isabel St. has accessible spaces in several locations: at the trailhead, by the restrooms, and in front of Mudpuppy’s, and two spaces are at the end of Rydin Rd.
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – Restrooms with sinks are at the first parking lot off Isabel St. and vault toilets are the Rydin St. entrance.
- Accessible Picnic Table:
- Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance