Alameda Creek Trail

  • Picnic
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Parking


  • Picnic
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Parking


2250 Isherwood Way, Fremont, CA, 94536
San Francisco Bay Area
Info: 510-544-3137
5 am-10 pm
On leash
on-leash dogs allowed
Last Visited:
October 2007
This paved 12-mile trail along Alameda Creek from Niles Canyon to the bay attracts bicyclists, skaters, runners, and equestrians. It will lead you west a couple of miles out into the salt flats at the Bay, or east following Alameda Creek to its source ten-miles away in Niles Canyon. For the first four miles heading east there's no shade or facilities until you reach the Beard Staging Area. You'll pass residential areas and some sections are partially shaded by locust, pepper, pine and eucalyptus trees.

Trails and Pathways

Alameda Creek Trail
Trailhead Location:
Old Canyon Road
Trail Length:
Over 4 total miles
Typical Width:
4 ft. & above
Typical Grade:
Typical Terrain:
Trail Overview: This trail was reviewed by someone using a rear-wheel motorized wheelchair.

Begin in the east at Niles Staging Area where the creek runs over a rocky bed and people picnic or fish (not accessible) from willow-shaded banks. Following the creek downstream on the southern trail, you pass under Mission Blvd. and, .75 mile further, pass the Alameda County Water District’s three rubber cofferdams. Inflated year-round except during storms, these dams transform the creek into a series of long ponds. In the dry season, they reduce the creek’s flow to a trickle, leaving the exposed streambed covered with cattails. A little farther on, the trail is partially shaded by locust, pepper, pine, and eucalyptus trees, and a few coast live oaks, sycamores, and cottonwoods. Wherever the trail passes under a road you will encounter steep slopes that may be challenging for manual wheelchair users.

Sequoia Bridge spans the creek 2.25 miles from Niles Staging Area,providing access to the northern trail and Isherwood Staging Area. If you choose to start your trip from this staging area, it’s best to head upstream to Sequoia Bridge and cross to the southern trail before heading west. The automobile bridge on Isherwood Way has no curb cuts, and the surface of the northern trail makes for a very bumpy wheelchair ride. Continuing on the southern trail, you pass residential backyards for the next two miles before coming to the Beard Staging Area, the last stopping place with amenities before you reach Coyote Hills Regional Park, another four miles down the trail.This staging area has picnic grounds and a shaded lawn. If you look across the channel you will see the floodgate that leads to the former natural creek.The channel widens here, and the trail passes through farmland and alongside the marshes of Coyote Hills Regional Park. The junction leading to Coyote Hills is less than 1.5 miles from the bay.

NOTE: Wherever the trail passes under a road you will encounter steep slopes that may be challenging for manual wheelchair users.

Accessibility Features

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking:
Yes – designated accessible parking, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;

At Isherwood, Niles, and Beard staging areas.

Accessible Picnic Table:
Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance

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