Albany Neck and Bulb Loop is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Berkeley, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length1.7 miElevation gain19 ftRoute typeLoop
dog friendlyKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViews
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Please note that beyond the Albany Neck area, the Albany Bulb is not managed by the East Bay Regional Park District and the trails unmarked. They are worth exploring and easy to follow with a map or the app. The adjacent Albany Beach may be closed and under construction for much of this year. The route below features some of the sculpture art the park has to offer, as well as views of San Francisco and beyond. Trail Directions: From the parking lot, make a left to take the interior dirt and gravel path, not the paved path along the bay. Follow the path until you come to a large crossroads where four paths intersect, almost like a roundabout. Take a sharp right to follow the “Castle Trail” north. At the next fork, keep right. Continue straight until you reach a statue of a woman, then turn left. Follow the path along the water until the path makes a sharp right. Do not turn right; instead, take the steep path up the hill. Once up the hill, head left, then climb another small hill by a cypress tree. Continue straight to reconnect with the “Castle Trail.” Turn right and then keep left to stay on the wide trail. Head right at the next junction, then right again to take a trail around the southern edge of the Bulb. The trail will meander back to the main trail. At the junction with the main trail, make a right to return to the parking lot.

From I-580 W, take exit 13A for Buchanan Street towards Albany. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Buchanan Street. Continue down Buchanan Street until you come to a parking lot. From I-580 E, take exit 13 for Buchanan Street. Turn right onto Buchanan Street. Continue down Buchanan Street until you come to a parking lot

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Valerie Ngo
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Walking

A bit crowded on a Sunday afternoon

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Steven Bowls
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Old concrete junk yard with a lot of urban art. Follow the shoreline and it will take you to the yellow brick road. Honestly one of my favorite hikes in the area. Lots of cool graffiti and beautiful views. Bring a sweater or windbreaker, it get windy . Great views of San Francisco and is an easy mile. Hike up the hill once you round the outer perimeter and there is cool concrete chunks to (bolder) jump on. Great for kids.

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Tyler Chuck
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Hiking

An amazing and quirky little area! There are some nice berries to eat this time of year. Great views of the ocean. Feels like a perfect walk and a nice escape!

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Renee Gonzales
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HikingOff trailRocky

My phone died before I could complete my recordings but this place is beautiful. Loved all the graffiti and side trails. It was windy but a beautiful walk. I'll be back to visit more near by trails and come back to the albany beach for a picnic and sunset

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Nathan Tsang
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Running

Too small place to run or hike, it is more like a dog park. Saw an Albany police car patrolling the area.

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Reshmi Basu
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WalkingNo shade

Great place to bring my pups on a clear, sunny day. Friendly people, happy dogs, beautiful views of the panoramic cityscape and its bridges.

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Carlos A
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Walking
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Cute little place to walk/run/bring your dog. W some interesting art around

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Allie Gomes
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Hiking
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Nicola G
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Hiking
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Ryan Van Fleet
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Meg McCall
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Sander Kim
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Hiking
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marc barach
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Yolanda Ware
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E B
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William Stutts
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Anthony Lovera
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Earl Hampton
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Earl Hampton
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Yolanda Ware
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Hiking
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Christopher Eassey
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Hiking
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Christina Grossenbacher
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Greyson Abid
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Abby Tiongco
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Michael Ramos
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Mike Pfeffer
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Scott Snibbe
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Ha Nguyen
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Valerie K
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