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Best trails in Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach

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Explore the most popular trails in Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

This 2.5-mile stretch of shoreline (once known as the “Coney Island of the West”) is commemoratively named for the late Assemblyman Robert W. Crown. Today the shoreline lacks the roller coasters and thrill rides it once had, but the beaches are popular for swimming, board sports, kayaking and more. Private equipment rentals and lessons are available during the summer season.The shoreline is an important habitat for native birds and sea creatures. At low tide, visitors explore the abundant wildlife that exists below the water’s surface. The Crab Cove Visitor Center offers extensive knowledge about the shoreline to the public and charter groups. Interpretive programs are offered on the weekends, and on weekdays by reservation.

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Map of trails in Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach
Park information
Park hours
Monday
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Contact
510-562-PARK
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Top trails (2)
#1 - Shoreline Trail: Salt Marsh Overlook
Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
Please note that as of June 2020, due to COVID19 the following will be closed: Crab Cove Visitor Center, McKay Parking Lot and the Shore Line Trail from Willow St. to Broadway (July 6-20). This trail has scenic views of the shallow bay waters and the far cities and hills, as well as easy beach access and moderate temperatures. From the Crab Cove Visitor Center, head south on the Shoreline Trail and follow it to Salt Marsh Overlook. The beach will be on your right and the city on your left. There are multiple beach access points, as well as many bathrooms and water fountains. The route ends at Salt Marsh Overlook. There is a nice viewing area for shorebirds here and you may want to bring binoculars. From the late 1880s until just before World War II, Alameda Beach was the largest beach in San Francisco Bay and a popular amusement park. Now it is operated by the East Bay Regional Park District and no longer has rollercoasters and rides. It is now used for swimming, kayaking, beachcombing, and birdwatching. There are over 2.5 miles of shoreline with beach access. The Crab Cove Visitor Center has interesting exhibits on life in the San Francisco Bay, including an 800-gallon aquarium. The Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary is at the far end. Accessibility: The trail surface is partially paved and partially dirt/sand. The paved sections are considered wheelchair and stroller friendly and are typically at least five feet wide. The trail is flat with an average grade of 1% and a max grade of 2%. Beaches may not be accessible without special tires due to deep sand.Show more
#2 - Crab Cove Visitor Center to USS Hornet: SF Bay Trail
Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
Please note that as of June 2020, due to COVID19 the following will be closed: Crab Cove Visitor Center, McKay Parking Lot and the Shore Line Trail from Willow St. to Broadway (July 6-20). Park Features: Bay Area locals and neighborhood friends have long loved the shores of Alameda. This 2.5-mile stretch of shoreline (once known as the “Coney Island of the West”) is commemoratively named for the late Assemblyman Robert W. Crown. Today the shoreline lacks the roller coasters and thrill rides it once had, but the beaches are popular for swimming, board sports, kayaking and more. Private equipment rentals and lessons are available during the summer season. The shoreline is an important habitat for native birds and sea creatures. At low tide, visitors explore the abundant wildlife that exists below the water’s surface. The Crab Cove Visitor Center offers extensive knowledge about the shoreline to the public and charter groups. Interpretive programs are offered on the weekends, and on weekdays by reservation. Trail Highlights: This featured route follows the SF Bay Trail to Encinal Beach. From Encinal Beach continue for about a half mile to the USS Hornet Museum, which is open daily for tickets, tours, and a comprehensive history exhibit. The trail is mostly paved (gravel just before Encinal Beach). Parts of this route utilize city streets, so double check your understanding of the route before taking off. Trail Directions: Portions of this route are on city streets. Turn right on the paved trail at the end of McKay Ave. (in front of large park office building). Follow through a small gate (this gate and the one at Central Avenue remain open from dawn to dusk). Continue for .4 miles, passing by the private residences of Crown Harbor toward Central Avenue. Upon meeting Central Avenue turn left. Follow the sidewalk for .6 miles. After passing in front of Encinal High School, turn left down the road marked SF Bay Trail and Encinal Boat Ramp to Encinal Beach; this is a long, straight stretch to the parking lot – be aware of cars as you head to the shore. After passing though the parking lot, turn right on the SF Bay Trail and continue for about a half mile to the USS Hornet Museum. Explore the exhibit or retrace your steps back to the Crown Cove Visitor Center. Park Curfew/Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fees: $5 parking fee (when attended)Show more