Looking for a great trail in Carquinez Shoreline Regional Park, California? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Carquinez Shoreline Regional Park ranging from 3.3 to 11.4 miles and from 22 to 754 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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This parkland comprises 1,415 acres of bluffs and shoreline between the towns of Crockett and Martinez. It is home to mule deer, gray fox, and many small mammals. Birds such as the western meadowlark and American goldfinch forage and nest in the area. Visitors might also spot owls, hawks, and other birds of prey roosting in the eucalyptus. Equestrians, hikers, bikers, and picnickers enjoy this scenic space. Boats cruise through the strait into the river delta. Remnants of a grain warehouse, residences, and a brick office building in the Eckley area are reminders of the history of this region.

2 days ago

Has some pretty tough uphill to start, no matter which direction you go. Challenger yourself not to stop till you get to the top!

A reason to visit Port Costa. Great views of the Carquinez strait and Benicia. No parking at trailhead. So park at Canyon Lake Dr, then walk up Prospect Ave.

Nice short loop with good views. Okay for kids but do not recommend for strollers unless you have a sturdy jogging stroller. Trail is bumpy. Also lots of cow poop which can be an unwelcome distraction/hazard for younger kids.

12 days ago

Loved the combo of field, woods and city trails as well as the bridge walk! Will def be up for it again. Maybe even jog.

off trail
14 days ago

Great if you want a shorter hike. A couple steep hills but still a moderate trail overall. Pretty views at the top and some shade in parts.

27 days ago

Nice trail, very steep in parts. Once on ridge it is very open, not much shade. App glitched and we got a little confused, figured it out. Watch poison oak in shaded areas.

Did this on my bike. The west side of Bull Valley Trail is not bike friendly but was short. The sunset views were nice at the bridge and back at the hills

I took my son with me and it had a great view easy walk. My only complaint is cars can drive to the top, and most of them were not obeying the speed limit. They came around the corners way too fast and having my son with me was scary.

This was an unexpected gem of a hike. You hike through wooded switchbacks, wide open wind-swept spaces and amazing panoramic views of the bay. Clicking “directions” to the trailhead led us to the Rankin pool instead of the trailhead. But, that worked as well as you walk through the Rankin Park (stay left) and you’ll find yourself on the trail. If you want the official trailhead, it’s here. (38.0179429, -122.1474760). Enjoy! This is a great hike. Wear pants. There are sections where you’d get scratched in the tall grass.

1 month ago

Great views and shade at the start and end, bring a hat and sunblock for the middle part of the hike. Always take water! First part is steep, then you get a nice flat, mildly down hill hike, then a moderate incline, and finally moderately steep downhill return to the car park. There are some flies that pester you towards the end of the hike, but it’s nature people! Little to no poison oak! My favorite local hike! In the summer, this is a morning hike only, unless you like to hike hot!

Yes, nice views of the Strait. Hiking wise? Meh. Wide (width) open trail and not much else. On the positive side, you can’t enter from 2 different locations. There are much better trails in this same general area.

Solid trail that's ideal for kids and the elderly. Beautiful views.

Trail has nice views of Benicia, Glen Coce and the strait. You can see both the Carquinez and Martinez Bridge.

no shade
over grown
2 months ago

We went on a SUPER HOT day and were ill prepared. Needless to say it was brutal. It had very beautiful views but there is no shade. It would be perfect for a spring or fall hike.

It was a good trail with nice views not very green but still beautiful.

over grown
3 months ago

Trail going up was a bit overgrown. But nice views of the Carquinez Strait. Glen Cove. And Benicia

Nice little hike. Dog friendly, kid friendly, some climbing but very manageable. Nice place to picnic too. The views are nice. Good hike for first timers. I like to hike down into the town of Port Costa.

Very relaxing trail perfect for beginners. Scenic and close to the water. Good trail for pet owners. I highly recommend for locals.

The rail map is a little off in one stretch, so keep an eye on the trail where the small pond is. You can see this in my/others recordings. Also, pants are advised as some parts of the trail are narrow with some spikey weeds. Nice quick hike overall.

Good workout. Starts off straight up for 500+ feet and then the views are awesome. Rolling hills till the giant drop down to Muir’s house... and then you turn around proceed directly back up it. Almost not worth it to go all the way down. Tons of wild flowers right now with all the rain that happened last weekend. Good hike.

This was an excellent easy hike. Lots of places to take beautiful pictures. Nice walk through a eucalyptus forest. I saw birds, lizards and flowers. There was an outhouse at the trailhead that appeared to be well taken care of. I intended to do the 1.6 mile loop, but ended up doing the 1.9 mile loop.

We didn’t complete the out and back as intended, but instead added in a loop before turning back because of time constraints. BUT, the trail was great. On a sunny but mild day in May just after some rain, the steepest part of the trail was muddy and slippery. It’s not a long stretch, but wise to be careful and/or bring poles. Views were beautiful and panoramic. I did have to flick a tick off my arm on the trail and later found one still with me when I got home. Long sleeves would have been a smarter choice on my part. Still, my hiking partner and I are planning to return to do the whole trail next month to see what we missed.

Kinda weird walking through town and one part we had to turn around because the trail let to private property. Closer to 14 miles.

4 months ago

over grown
washed out
4 months ago

great views but overgrown. access trails are pretty washed out. the dog loved it.

One of the most unique hikes in the entire Bay.

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