"It’s tempting to call this an explosive hike, given that the Bay View Trail and Point Pinole Trail wander through the former dynamite works of the Giant Powder Company. Instead, the hike is a peaceful affair, perfect for bird-watchers and hikers alike. Wandering along the edge of San Pablo Bay, with shorebirds wheeling on the sea breeze, it would be difficult to envision Point Pinole as the site of a dynamite factory. Yet it was on this point that the Giant Powder Company churned out explosives in a thriving enterprise that, according to the park brochure, included a company town, railroad, production facilities, and a dance hall. For eighty years, the brochure explains, “[two] billion tons of dynamite were manufactured here.”"