Coyote Hills Regional Park

Introduction:

Where? : located on the east side of Dumbarton Bridge (hwy 84) on the east bay waterfront, near the cities of Fremont and Newark.

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What? : A local busy park that has a lot to offer, marshland and grassland covered hills, bay front view with sunset view and bike trails for all levels.

 

When? : Year Round

 

Due note: Park has car entrance fee but if you are coming with bike you can park at small parking lot at the entrance to the park road.

 

My thoughts: From some reason I did not visit this place for many years, always thought to do this “sometime”… Finally, I visit the park at early December 2020.

This is a fun nearby park to visit with many things to see. I really enjoy the afternoon visit and I’m sure I will re-visit this park soon.



 

The visit:

There is one road that get into Coyote Hills Regional Park, you pass the entrance fee satiation and soon you will see on your left the first parking lot, after few hundred feet there is another parking lot near the small Visitor Center.

It is not so much important where you park and there is a trail connecting them.

The park offers many different activities as hiking, bicycling, bird watching, nature exploration, and picnicking and even offer overnight campground.



 

Most of the trails are accessible to bikes and they are also good for trail strollers. The paved 3.5 mile is good for any stroller.

 

There are 2 sections of the park, the lower marshes on the east side of the park and to the west hills and bay waterfront.

Water marshes:

There are many large water marshes at the south and east section of the park. There are many trails that will take you need the water and offer nice bird watching viewing points. You can go all the way to the north east park section and connect to the long Alameda Creek Trail. At the east side of the marshes you will find the 2,000 years old native American village site.


 

Hills and bay waterfront:

Many trails are covering this section of the park. The hills are no to high so you can hike all hill tops or there are many connecting trails that do not climb the hills top.

The Bayview Trail is relatively easy and cover this park section.

 

Hiking:

There are many different hiking options and you can have short very easy stroll near the north water marshes, do the 3.5 mils paved trail loop (Blue loop in my map) or climb the hills (Yello trails in my map). Once you are done you can easily find the trail that will take you to your parking lot.



 

Bike:

The Park is very bike friendly and can offer trails in all levels, including for kids.

Most trails including in the marshes are accessible to bike and if it is not it clearly state in the map and with sighing that this is hiking trail only.

This is not “mountain bike park” but rather for long epic rides.


 

Bayview Trail:

A 3.5 paved trail loop that is relatively easy to ride (i.e. do not climb the hills). The trail is passing both parking lots (so no matter where you park) and keep going north near the marshes, it keeps going north and west to the waterfront. Then it is following the waterfront and the foothills all the way south and back to the south parking lot.




 

Red Hill trail:

This is a nice trail that is following the hills top from south to north. There are some climbing to the hills top, but the scenic vistas of San Francisco Bay and surrounding areas of Alameda County is worth it. Ramble 'round a marsh or climb to the top of Red Hill to catch the breeze.

At sunset you can be at Red Hill viewing point and see the wonderful scenic views of the south San Francisco Bay and the peninsula mountain to the west as well as the view to the east.

 

Nearby parks:

The park is also connected to nearby parks and trail system, on the south you can go to Don Edward San Francisco Bay preserve (bridge over Highway 84) and on the north side of the park it is connected to the Alameda Creek Trail system that can take you far to the east. Both connecting trails are allowed for hikes and bikes.


 

www:

https://www.ebparks.org/parks/coyote_hills/

 

Map:

https://www.ebparks.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=24173

 

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