Carquinez Loop Overlook Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Contra Costa County, California. It is within Carquinez Regional Shoreline. It is a mile long and begins at 252 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 365 feet. The Bull Valley Staging Area parking and the Carquinez Straight Regional Shoreline information are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. Along the trail there are benches.
Carquinez Loop Overlook Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Circling a high ridge overlooking Carquinez Strait, this semi-loop has some steep sections, but your efforts are rewarded by terrific views of the strait, Suisun Bay, the west delta, Mt. Diablo, and the hills of Napa and Solano counties. Using the California Riding and Hiking Trail and the Franklin Ridge Loop Trail, your route explores open grassland, oak savanna, and shady, tree-lined ravines. Parts of this loop may be extremely muddy during and after wet weather."
--David Weintraub, East Bay Trails: Hiking Trails in Alameda & Contra Costa Counties (Wilderness Press).
"Pass through swaths of grassland and stands of eucalyptus on this easy trail overlooking the strategic Carquinez Strait. This short loop trail overlooks what once was one of the busiest shipping lanes in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Carquinez Strait links San Pablo Bay to Grizzly Bay and, hence, San Francisco to the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Delta. The strait also presented a short paddle from the East Bay to the North Bay for native people, a relitively easy, protected traverse from one set of oak- and grass-covered hills to the next. This region of the Bay Area, though growing more residential as time passes, has long been industrial."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourré, Hiking Through History San Francisco Bay Area (Falcon Guides).
"Roam rolling ridgelands in northern Contra Costa County on a trail named for longtime East Bay Regional Open Space District planner and trail enthusiast Hulet Hornbeck. It follows the old California Riding and Hiking Trail, a round-the-state trail system planned in the mid-1900s. One of the few remaining segments of this trail it follows wide, unpaved service trails along the exposed ridge south of the Carquinez Strait and ends in the Alhambra Valley of Martinez, where you can visit John Muir’s home. The first and last legs of the trail are short and steep."
--Jean Rusmore, Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians (Wilderness Press).
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