Carquinez Scenic Drive is a hiking and biking trail in Contra Costa County, California. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 67 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 600 feet. Along the trail there are residentials, benches, and a meadow.
Carquinez Scenic Drive Professional Reviews and Guides
"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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