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Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area
Large regional park with several artificial lakes.
park offers picnicking, boating, swimming as well as several trails for hiking and
opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Where? : Located in the east bay side in Fremont, part of the East Bay Regional Parks system.
Year round, the hikes are fully exposed so not recommended for rainy days.
note 1: During weekends this park is crowded with many visitors that are coming
for picnic and fishing as well as leisure and recreation hiking, so do not
expect to have it to yourself…
2: The Trails are wide gravel road, easy to walk around the various lakes. Dogs
are allowed on leash
thoughts: Good place if you want to hike, run or to bike as well as picnic and fishing.
You can view here many water birds as well as nesting Bald eagles.
Lakes Regional Recreation Area is a regional park located in Fremont, before
being converted into a park, the site was used as a gravel quarry.
open space and lakes attract many birds, this is ideal place for hiking and bird
watching, you can also spot a small herd of deer in the open grasslands.
When hiking at the far section of the park you can spot the pair of Bald Eagles. You may see them at the long
island at Lago Los Osos lake (need binoculars) or at the large eucalyptus trees near Sequoia
Bridge (see red circles in the map).
park's trails connect to the Alameda Creek Regional Trail system.
trail extends from Niles Canyon westward all the way to Coyote Hills and the
Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge on San Francisco Bay.
hike (4.3 miles loop):
you start at the main parking lot cross the picnic area, take the trail on the
ramp. Once you will reach the trail junction with an open field in front of you
turn left, in the open field you may spot deer’s, mainly at the afternoon. After
few hundred feet take right and soon after turn into the trail on your left, adjacent
to the large lake. Once you reach the bridge in front of you, turn left and
walk along the Alameda creek, you may spot birds in the creek down below you.
before the railroad crossing turn left into the park. On this trail you can
hike all the way directly to the parking lot or take the second large trail on
your left and walk the inner “island”.
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