Carquinez Loop Overlook Trail

Carquinez Regional Shoreline, California

Elevation Gain365ft
Trailhead Elevation252ft
Elevation Min/Max238/304ft
Elevation Start/End252/252ft

Carquinez Loop Overlook Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Bull Valley Trail.

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East Bay Trails: Hiking Trails in Alameda & Contra Costa Counties (Wilderness Press)
David Weintraub
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"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."
Hiking Through History San Francisco Bay Area (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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"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."
Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians (Wilderness Press)
Jean Rusmore
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"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."

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Beautiful trail, with wonderful views when you reach the top. The climb was very very steep, which means of course, the way back down was death itself. Whatever you do, don't take the path past the bench on your way back down. Go back the way you came... steep but better footing.

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Trail Information

Carquinez Regional Shoreline
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East Bay Regional Parks District, 2950 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland, CA 94605; (888) EBPARKS or (888) 327-2757;
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