Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Bay View Trail

Pinole, California

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Point Pinole juts north like a thumb into San Pablo Bay, and the more than 10 miles of easy trails through its marshlands, grassy fields, and groves of eucalyptus offer a sanctuary from the almost continuous industrial and residential development stretching along the East Bay shoreline from San Leandro to the Carquinez Bridge. This loop trip follows The Bay View Trail to the tip of the point, then returns via the Marsh and Cook’s Point trails. History buffs will especially enjoy this hike, because Point Pinole was the location of a large explosives manufacturing industry, which, from 1880 to 1960, turned out 2 billion pounds of dynamite. A few remnants, in the form of sunken bunkers and half-buried railroad ties, of this dangerous yet prosperous enterprise are still visible. Before starting out, you might take a moment to visit a commemorative plaque, just west of the entrance kiosk and beyond the parking-area fence, which designates Point Pinole a California Historical Landmark and tells more about the area’s unique history.
East Bay Trails: Hiking Trails in Alameda & Contra Costa Counties

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East Bay Trails: Hiking Trails in Alameda & Contra Costa Counties

by David Weintraub (Wilderness Press)

Point Pinole juts north like a thumb into San Pablo Bay, and the more than 10 miles of easy trails through its marshlands, grassy fields, and groves of eucalyptus offer a sanctuary from the almost continuous industrial and residential development stretching along the East Bay shoreline from San Leandro to the Carquinez Bridge. This loop trip follows The Bay View Trail to the tip of the point, then returns via the Marsh and Cook’s Point trails. History buffs will especially enjoy this hike, because Point Pinole was the location of a large explosives manufacturing industry, which, from 1880 to 1960, turned out 2 billion pounds of dynamite. A few remnants, in the form of sunken bunkers and half-buried railroad ties, of this dangerous yet prosperous enterprise are still visible. Before starting out, you might take a moment to visit a commemorative plaque, just west of the entrance kiosk and beyond the parking-area fence, which designates Point Pinole a California Historical Landmark and tells more about the area’s unique history.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pinole
Length: 5.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Topo Map: Point Pinole Regional Shoreline: Bay View Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: East Bay Trails: Hiking Trails in Alameda & Contra Costa Counties Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
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10/30/2008

Pt. Pinole is a great place to ride or hike especially during the winter as it drains well and is never muddy after a rain! Bayview trail follows the coast line and has great view of Marin. There are a lot of other trails that wander through the park. Even on hot days it's pleasant due to the bay breeze and shaded trails. Most of the trails are fairly flat and easy. It is a great place to take beginner riders or horses. Most dog owners are good about keeping their dogs under control. There are two hitching posts at the picnic area by the pier and a water trough near the utility yard on Owl Alley trail. Good horse trailer parking in upper unpaved lot. Rangers are horse friendly!

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