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Northern Shoreline

Point Pinole - Northern ShorelineThe Northern Shoreline is a unique area.

Wildcat and San Pablo Creeks -
the two largest creeks in Contra Costa County - flow under the Bay Trail within 0.6 miles of each other creating large scenic and biologically productive tidal marshes as they enter San Pablo Bay south of Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. Extending boldly into San Pablo Bay, 2,650-acre Point Pinole Regional Shoreline is the largest shoreline park in the entire Bay Area. 

As shown on the inset map, the spine Bay Trail has been completed from the hub at the intersection of Cutting and Garrard Blvds. in Point Richmond to the Wildcat Creek Regional Trail, Wildcat Marsh & Landfill Loop TrailsPoint Pinole Regional Shoreline and San Pablo Avenue via Atlas Road.

Wildcat Marsh & Landfill Loop Trails

Click Here to see a slide show of the April 30, 2011grand opening. festivities for the Landfill Loop of the San Francisco BayTrail providing public access to the shoreline of San Pablo Bay and the rich tidal wetlands at the mouths of San Pablo Creek and Wildcat Creek. In addition to the 2.8-mile Bay Trail loop, Republic Services has provided a one mile scenic trail on the upper slopes of the former landfill plus a 0.2 spur trail along Wildcat Creek’s tidal wetlands. Click Here to read about the Wildcat Marsh Trail.
Wildcat Marsh Trail - Photo by Misterken

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline (PPRS)

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline has had 4.5 miles of Bay Trail within the park since adoption of the Bay Trail Plan in 1987. On April 22, 2017, East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) celebrated completion of two major projects opening up 1.8 miles of new Bay Trail connections with the park. This includes the Dotson Family Marsh staging area with restrooms and motor vehicle parking accessible from the northern end of Goodrick Ave. on the south end of PPRS. CLICK HERE to view an 8-photo slide show of the spectacular 1.5 miles of new Bay Trail leading north over Rheem Creek from this staging area into the heart of PPRS.
Dotson Family Marsh

The $11 million Atlas Road Extension Improvement Project created a third entrance to PPRS via a bridge over UP railroad tracks with a two-lane road and 0.23 miles of Bay Trail connecting the Atlas Road Bay Trail section with Cook’s Point Trail, as well as a parking area, restrooms and picnic areas. In addition, a 1/8-mile Bay Trail spur was built heading north from Atlas Road toward Pinole. This connects with 0.9 miles of new Bay Trail nearing completion as part of warehouse projects as discussed below.

1.3 Miles of Gaps To Close.

Referring to the inset map, 1.3 miles of Bay Trail gaps remain on the northern shoreline as follows beginning in the south and working north:

  • Parkway/Wildcat Marsh Trail on south side of San Pablo Creek = 0.3
  • Parkway/Goodrick Ave. = 0.3
  • Goodrick Ave. = 0.4
  • Atlas Road/Richmond border = 0.3
    • Total 1.3

The City of Richmond has completed final design for a Class I Bay Trail section east of Goodrick Ave. to connect EBRPD's Dotson Family Marsh staging area with the Class I Bay Trail along the Richmond Parkway. Construction will be funded by grants of $976,000 from Contra Costa County Measure J and $130,000 from Association of Bay Area Governments Bay Trail Project.

The Bay Trail extending one mile north from Atlas Road was nearing completion at year-end 2018. As discussed above, EBRPD built over 0.1 mile as part of their Atlas Road bridge project. LDK Ventures completed 0.5 miles as part of their Bay Area Logistics Center in 2018, and OneCorp, LLC is completing the rest with a viewing area as part of Point Pinole Business Park Phase 3 warehouse project at the terminus of Giant Highway.

This sets the stage for EBRPD to begin planning to close the gap connecting PPRS with the San Pablo Bay Trail running through the cities of Pinole and Hercules to Lone Tree Point in Rodeo.

Avocets in Landfill Tidelands Wildcat Marsh & Landfill Loop
Avocets in Landfill Tidelands Wildcat Marsh & Landfill Loop
North Richmond Shoreline