Memorial State Beach,
East Bay Regional Park District,
3.2 mile out and back on paved sidewalks and the beach.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 3.2 mile out and back walk is very easy. Trail and beach are flat.
Paved sidewalks and sandy beach.
Nice year round.
From Interstate 880 in Alameda County, exit Broadway/Alameda (exit 42). Follow the signs for the Webster Tunnel, and when you come above ground again, stay to the left on Constitution Way. Constitution Way changes to 8th Street at Lincoln Avenue -- proceed on 8th Street to Otis Way and the park entrance on the right. Once past the entrance kiosk, continue to the last parking lot.
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, stores, and restaurants back along Webster (runs parallel to Constitution Way), and in a shopping center off Shoreline Drive. No camping.
$5 entrance fee -- no charge when kiosk is unattended. $2 dog fee. There is plenty of parking in a series of paved lots, with pit toilets, drinking water, and pay phones in the park as well as along the beach. There are designated handicapped parking spots, wheelchair accessible pit toilets, and a flat paved trail suitable for wheelchairs. This beach is accessible by public transit. Visit 511.org for details.
Beach is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., unless otherwise posted. Dogs are permitted on leash on the paved trail, but not on the beach.
The Official Story:
EBRPD's Crown Memorial Beach page
Use AAA's San Francisco Bay Region map to get there.
Map from EBRPD
Crown Memorial Beach in a nutshell -- a printable, text-only guide to the featured hike.
View photos from this hike.
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is surrounded by water yet miles from
the coast, but at the southwestern edge of the island, locals stroll a
sandy shoreline and enjoy the sound of waves at
Crown Memorial Beach. Although the beach mimics an ocean shoreline, the
waves and wildlife are pretty tame. The park's paved trail runs parallel
to Shoreline Drive, and is more a sidewalk than nature path. Dog walkers,
parents with strollers, cyclists, and folks in wheelchairs will likely
get the most from this paved Bay Trail segment. A leisurely walk along
the beach is much more enjoyable, but you'll likely see some garbage,
and plenty of squirrels, seagulls, and geese along the route. The beach
is probably at its best on a hot summer day, when cool breezes drop the
ambient temperature significantly.