One mile loop walk through park near Point Richmond.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 1 mile loop walk is easy. The paved path is perfectly flat.
Some pockets of shade, otherwise exposed.
1/2 hour or less.
Any time is nice.
From Interstate 580 in Contra Costa County, exit Canal/Garrard (exit 8).
Drive south on Canal (if you've exited westbound, turn left at the base
of the ramp; if you've exited eastbound, turn right at the base of the
ramp), one block to West Cutting. Turn right and drive to the first stop
sign, then turn left onto South Garrard. Proceed through the tunnel, and
then drive (you'll now be on Dornan Drive) about 0.3 mile more to the
first park entrance on the right side of the road.
GPS Coordinates* for Trailhead:
(* based on Google
Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
Gas, food, and lodging:
Pay phones, gas, stores, and restaurants about 0.6 mile to the northwest
in Point Richmond. No camping.
No parking or entrance fees. Lots of parking. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms
and drinking water available in several locations throughout the park.
The park has several handicapped-designated parking spots, and the park's
western area, around the lagoon, is highly wheelchair-accessible. There
is no direct public transportation to the park, but AC Transit bus #73
will drop you within walking distance: visit the Transit
Info website for details.
Trails are multi-use. Dogs are permitted. Park is open from 5 a.m. to
The Official Story:
Park Office 510-235-1631
Use AAA's San Francisco Bay Region (or better still, West
Contra Costa Communities) map to get there.
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Regional Shoreline's pretty lagoon area
is the scenic setting for a short brisk walk or a day-long family get
together. With picnic areas, restrooms, easy parking, and a playground,
families should consider adding this small park to their outdoor repertoire.
Folks with strollers or wheelchairs who want a bit of easy exercise while
enjoying views of Mount Tamalpais, Point Richmond, and San Francisco Bay
can make the 1-mile circuit on the paved path around the lagoon. The well-manicured
grounds boost a mixture of native and non-native trees, and you're sure
to see plenty of ducks, geese, seagulls, and squirrels frolicking through
the grass and near the water. When I visited, I watched a feisty squirrel
steal a 4-inch hunk of baguette from a raven.The
result was a comical chase with lots of squawking, scampering, and flapping.
Ah, nature in the big city....
When you schedule a day-long visit, keep
in mind that it can get windy so close to the water, and bring layers
If the 1-mile loop doesn't get your blood
pumping, you can cross the street and roam the hills on a series of hiking-only
paths (not suitable for young children or anyone who has a problem climbing).
Learn more about the eastern section of Miller/Knox at http://www.bahiker.com/eastbayhikes/millerknox.html.
Total distance: around 1 mile
Last walked: Tuesday, February 13, 2001