Bay Trail: Hudeman Slough to Black Point

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San Pablo Bay Wildlife Area

Bay Trail: Hudeman Slough to Black Point is a 19.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Vineburg, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length19.8 miElevation gain52 ftRoute typePoint to point
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This is a segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail: a 500 mile long mile trail around the Bay. This is the 19th section of the Bay Trail, taking hikers from Hudeman Slough to Black Point. Please be aware that sections of this route are still being planned and the complete trail cannot be done at this time. The northern end of San Pablo Bay is a vast expanse of marsh plain, sloughs, mudflats, egrets, herons, sandpipers avocets and more. But what about the trail? While this area represents the least complete portions of the Bay Trail system, the four segments currently open to the public - the Tubbs Island Trail, Sears Point Bay Trail (Elliot Trail), Sonoma Baylands Bay Trail and the Port Sonoma Marina Trail - are all spectacular and should not be missed. The Tubbs Island Trail can only be accessed from Hwy 37 in the eastbound direction as a solid highway barrier prevents access to the westbound travelers. From 37 East, look for the pull-out approximately 1/2 mile after Arnold Drive/Hwy 121 intersects Hwy 37. There is parking here for approximately 8 vehicles. This 3-mile trail once formed a loop, but several levee breaches now make this an out-and-back journey. The trail will take you to Midshipman Point on a levee-top, windswept, jackrabbit-laden trip to what feels like the ends of the earth. Please note that no dogs are allowed on the Tubbs Island Trail. Driving west, turn left at the Lakeville Highway/Reclamation Road signal and look for the public parking lot a few hundred yards ahead. A dirt path parallels a paved road heading south toward the Sears Point and Sonoma Baylands levees. Once on the levee trail, head east for a 2.5 mile out-and-back (5 miles total) trek alongside a recently restored wetland-in-progress. Head west for a 1.5 mile walk or ride along the Sonoma Baylands marsh, created with clean dredged material from the Port of Oakland. Nearly 3 million cubic yards of clean silt were removed from the Oakland harbor to create deepwater channels for shipping. What might have gone to waste at an ocean disposal site was instead put to beneficial use in this project to restore 322 acres of diked baylands to salt marsh. Nearly twenty years on, wetland vegetation has taken hold and abundant bird life abounds. The Petaluma River Trail is a work in progress. While more trail currently exists at the northern end in downtown Petaluma, the trail will eventually reach the bay at Port Sonoma and connect to the Bay Trail. All of these trails are natural surface, comprised of compacted dirt or gravel.

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