Strait Regional Shoreline (west),
East Bay Regional Park District,
Contra Costa County
1.5 mile partial loop on hills above Carquinez Strait.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 1.5 mile partial loop hike is very easy. Total elevation change is about 210 feet.
Dirt fire roads.
Too hot in summer. Best in late winter and early spring.
From Interstate 80 in Contra Costa County, exit Cummings Skyway (exit 5). Drive south about 1.5 miles, then turn left onto Crockett Boulevard. Drive north on Crockett Boulevard about 1 mile, then turn right onto Pomona Street. After about 0.5 mile Pomona ends at a three way intersection. Bear right onto Carquinez Scenic Drive. Continue east less than 1 mile, then turn left into the Bull Valley Staging Area. Once inside the gate, turn right into the small parking lot (the road continues downhill to Eckley Pier).
Get driving or public transit directions from Transit and Trails:
GPS Coordinates* for Trailhead:
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
Gas, food, and lodging:
Gas, pay phones, stores, and restaurants in Crockett. No camping.
No parking or entrance fees. Small paved parking lot. There's no drinking water, but there is a pit toilet, and maps are available at an information signboard. No handicapped parking, and trail access for wheelchairs is blocked by a cattle gate. There is no public transportation to the trailhead.
Carquinez Strait is open from 8 a.m. to dusk (unless otherwise posted). All trails in this part of the park are multi-use. Dogs are permitted.
The Official Story:
EBRPD's Carquinez Strait page
Use AAA's San Francisco Bay Region map to get there.
Map from EBRPD
101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area, by Ann Marie Brown (order this book from Amazon.com) has a simple map and descriptions of a featured hike.
In a nutshell -- a printable, text-only guide to this hike.
Go to Bay Area Hiker Home page
Strait Regional Shoreline is comprised of
two separate parkland parcels, both fronting their namesake waterway.
The eastern portion, on the outskirts of Martinez, offers hikes that climb
from the staging area to loop around grassy Franklin Ridge, with a series
of dead-end paths hanging off the loop like charms on a bracelet. The
park's western section, squeezed between Crockett and the tiny settlement
of Port Costa, hosts a handful of short trails, most of which directly
overlook Carquinez Strait. The two parts of this shoreline used to be
linked via Carquinez Scenic Drive, but a landslide closed the road and
now you must travel from west to east via CA 4.