Bay Trail: San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge

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Oakland, California

Bay Trail: San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge is a 14.5 mile point-to-point trail located near Oakland, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length14.5 miElevation gain587 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 11th section of the Bay Trail, taking hikers across the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge. In 1955, the American Society of Civil Engineers honored the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge as one of the seven “Modern Civil Engineering Wonders” of the world. At first, the bridge carried autos on its top deck, and trucks, buses, and two tracks for the Key System rail service on the lower deck. In 1958, the rails were removed and both levels were assigned to motor vehicles. Today, the Bay has been transformed with the new east span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. Rising over the bay between Oakland and Yerba Buena Island, a self-anchored suspension span extends for 2.2 miles with a single signature tower. Following damage to the east span as a result of the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989, it was determined that the existing span would be completely replaced. Under construction since 2002, the new bridge opened in 2013 with a 15-foot-wide bicycle and pedestrian path on its southern edge. Take the four mile Bay Bridge Trail from the entryway off Shellmound Street in Emeryville to Yerba Buena Island and gaze up at the aweinspiring tower of the new Bay Bridge. Work to plan, design, and complete the bicycle/pedestrian connection between Yerba Buena Island and San Francisco on the West Span of the Bay Bridge is underway. Where the bridge lands in Oakland, a future regional park, known as Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline, is being planned to welcome travelers to the East Bay and to serve as an entry point for the bridge pathway. East Span Bay Bridge Tower Treasure Island was created with bay fill in the late 1930s, and was the site for the 1939–40 Golden Gate International Exposition or World's Fair. Some 4,000 trees and 2 million flowering plants were planted for the occasion. Many of the palms and varieties of eucalyptus are still alive. Future redevelopment plans include a mix of residential, hotel, marinas, restaurants, retail and entertainment venues—plus nearly 300 acres of parks and open space. With this project, a new segment of the Bay Trail will encircle the island and connect to the Bay Bridge pathway. Two segments of Bay Trail currently exist on Treasure Island and are worth a visit. This trail is the 11th section of the Bay Trail. Ultimately, this section of the trail should be extended to the city of San Francisco. There is currently no way to walk the Bridge from Treasure Island to San Francisco, but the construction of a trail is planned. If you wish to reach San Francisco from Treasure Island instead of going back to Oakland, you can take bus 25 (bus stops map and schedule available here: https://www.sfmta.com/routes/25-treasure-island)

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Scott H
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the Bay Bridge Trail has contributed to my mental health throughout the covid-19 pandemic. It's a fantastic place to go for an afternoon run / Walk. for the part that you're on the bridge itself, I recommend wearing some earbuds with an audiobook or some music, because the traffic noise can be a little annoying. the Bay Bridge portion of the trail is roughly three miles with a slight uphill grade then 3 miles down hill. there are very nice clean public bathrooms on yerba buena island. there is a East Bay Regional Park parking lot at the foot of the Bay Bridge.

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Albert Gussmann
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Nice trail to get the blood bumping , it can get a little windy so bring a jacket it’s actually 16.2miles so be prepared for the little extra mile or two have fun :)

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Alvin Louie
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Despite haze from fires we got to see awesome views of city and life on Treasure Island

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Trail Ninja
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If you do this hike, just remember that the gates at both ends of the bridge close at 9 pm.

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Yoel Dirar
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Yoel Dirar
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Ev H
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Celeste Chavez
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Paul WalkaMile
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Pj Rosano
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East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD)
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Shak T
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Anil kumar Desabhaktula
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Natalie Leon
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Porcha B
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Ada Karlstrand
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Trail Ninja
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David Battey
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Gerard Salva Cruz
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Shervon Thomas
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Roy Wood
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Linda Buell
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Trail Ninja
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Justin Wethington
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Colleen McGarry
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Devan Salazar
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Hiromi Mcneil
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Ellen Chen
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Jeremy Bunch
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