Chavez/North Waterfront Park,
City of Berkeley,
1.7 mile loop walk along the bay.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 1.7 mile loop walk is very easy, traveling on flat paved trails.
Less than 1 hour.
Nice any time.
From Interstate 80 in Berkeley (Alameda County), exit University (exit 11). Drive west on University about 0.4 mile, then bear right onto Marina Boulevard. Drive north on Marina Boulevard 0.3 mile, at which point the road turns sharply left and becomes Spinnaker. Continue 0.3 mile on Spinnaker to the parking lot at the end of the road.
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 in nearby Berkeley; a few restaurants in the Marina area, with more choices on nearby Berkeley streets. No camping.
No parking or entrance fees. Parking in a small lot, with additional space along the length of Spinnaker. Map display at the trailhead. There are several designated handicapped parking spots, wheelchair-accessible portable toilet near the parking lot, and paved trails perfectly suited to wheelchairs. Drinking water in several locations throughout the park.
Park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs are permitted on leash throughout the park, and off leash in a designated area.
The Official Story:
City of Berkeley's Cesar Chavez Park page
City of Berkeley's Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront: 510-981-6700
Map from Bay Trail website (download pdf)
Go to Bay Area Hiker Home page
the Bay Trail follows the Alameda County shoreline, the trail travels from
park to park, like charms spaced on a bracelet. Berkeley's Cesar Chavez/North
Waterfront Park is a small park situated right on the waterfront just
north of Berkeley Marina, and hosts a Bay Trail segment with great views
of the Berkeley Hills, Angel Island, and San Francisco. This former landfill
is also a great place to fly a kite, romp with a dog, or cool off on a
scorching hot summer day, on paved, almost perfectly flat trails that
are well suited to strollers and wheelchairs.