McLaughlin Eastshore State Park
- Wildlife viewing
Trails and Pathways
- Bay Trail
- Time to Complete:
- Trailhead Location:
- Shorebird Park-south end Albany Bulb-north end
- Trail Length:
- 2-4 total miles
- Typical Width:
- 4 ft. & above
- Typical Grade:
- Typical Terrain:
This 3- mile trail (one way) section of the Bay Trail within McLaughlin Eastshore State Park has several side trails where you can extend your trip. I started at the north end and travelled south because parking was easier there. The one downside is that the only two hills on the trail are at this end and come up pretty quickly. Just across from the Albany Bulb parking lot is a small beach with an accessible path onto part of it. It’s a great spot to watch all the beach activity which on my visit included wind surfers, dogs running, and kids building sand castles.
As you begin your journey along the shore there are expansive views of the Bay and Golden Gate fields is on your left. You quickly encounter the steepest part of the trail—the remainder is flat. When the dedicated trail ends at Gilman turn left and travel on the sidewalk about 50 feet to Frontage Rd., then turn right to reconnect to the Bay Trail that now parallels Frontage Rd. From here on you’ll hear traffic noise. After about a half-mile you can sidetrack into Berkeley Meadow and continue further towards the water to explore Cesar Chavez Park. If you don’t divert here, continue to University Ave. where, once you cross the road you can turn right towards the Bay to explore the Berkeley Marina, or a little further along Frontage Road looms the pedestrian bridge over Interstate 80 which will take you over to Aquatic Park. The remainder of the Bay Trail from University Ave. south to Emeryville, is a straight shot along the shoreline.
- Accessible Parking:
- Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;
At the Albany Bulb at the foot of Buchanan St., one space at Pt. Emery, multiple spaces at the Tom Bates Sports Complex lot at the foot of Gilman St., and street parking along West Frontage Rd. in Emeryville
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – Portable unit at the northwest corner of the Tom Bates Regional Sports Complex and at the foot of Gilman St., Vault toilet at the Albany Bulb.
- Accessible Picnic Table:
- Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance
- Additional Information:
At Aquatic Park you can rent an adapted bicycle from the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program. Check their website for details.
No shade on the trail