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Big Break Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oakley, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 82 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Partially paved

River

Views

Wild flowers

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Big Break Regional Shoreline is a part of the great 1,680-square-mile San Francisco/San Joaquin Delta estuary in Northern California. The water flowing past Big Break Regional Shoreline through the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers drains half of California's watershed, and creates the largest estuarine environment on Pacific shores. This "Inland Coast" is home to 70 species of birds, and provides valuable habitat for beavers, muskrats, and river otters.

Big Break Regional Shoreline Exploration at KQED http://www.kqed.org/quest/exploration/big-break-regional-shoreline-exploration Official website of Big Break Regional Shoreline http://www.ebparks.org/parks/big_break

Getting There From Highway 4 in Oakley, go north on Big Break Road. Take the first right just past Vintage Parkway and follow the road to the Big Break Pier. You can also enter the park by walking in on Marsh Creek Regional Trail, just adjacent to Marsh Creek off E. Cypress Road in Oakley, east of its intersection with Main St./Highway 4. Public Transportation Tri Delta Transit #300 provides service to Vintage Parkway and Big Break Road on weekdays. Call to confirm route: Tri Delta Transit-(925) 754-4040 or see www.trideltatransit.com. Park Activities Many park users come to Big Break simply to enjoy cool marine breezes in the summer. Birdwatchers are drawn by the constant birdsong from the marshes, and everyone comes to enjoy the solitude and escape from the nearby urban landscape. Hiking The Big Break Regional Trail, which runs along the southern edge of Big Break through the Ironhouse Sanitary District, provides access for hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians to the southeastern edge of the estuary. The trail connects to the northern end of the Marsh Creek Regional Trail, providing access to Brentwood and Oakley. The Marsh Creek Regional Trail connects to the Delta de Anza Regional Trail via West Cypress Road. Special thanks to Mike Moran, Shelly Lewis and Isa Polt-Jones of the East Bay Regional Park District for assisting us on this project. Robin Marks, Joshua Cassidy, Craig Rosa and Ron Wolf all contributed to this Exploration.

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Chris Whitmore
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This was a good walk..not a great hike. It was a pretty day though. The walk is across the street from houses...and you don't get too many views of the water areas. I would recommend biking.

Alexa Ordon
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Hiking

Nice trail. But if you’re going with your dogs apparently you can’t have more than three or you will get a citation....

Melissa van Ruiten
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Walking

Super easy trail on pavement. Great for walking, jogging, and biking. Quite peaceful, with a good assortment of birds and other estuary wildlife. Good if you’re looking for something nice and even.

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Nathan Ladd
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WalkingNo shade

There are no restrooms open along the trail. Plan accordingly.

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Mike Owen
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Hiking

Pretty next to the river now, in late spring. Lots of colors, a few small critters. Once you get to toward the Cypress end Way from the river, it’s a little monotonous.

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Markus Powell
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Hiking

Nice and clear tody.

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Jessica Bello
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HikingNo shade

What a trail! Super pretty and seemingly went on for days! We ran it today and it was a little too hot to have ventured out with out water, but the breeze made it tolerable. This trail is very flat, making it pretty easy for all to enjoy. Wasn’t too busy but we did see some bikers, walkers, runners, and even a rollerblader! Overall, a great trail. I don’t care for shade, but I know most do, so I can see how that could be a problem.

Julee Selders
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Walking

Nice paved trail that goes in and out of the neighborhood. Wear sunscreen there is little to no shade.

Jennifer Van Blair
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Walking

This winding trail through neighborhoods and along the river was an adventure. Some goats escaped and came running down the trail. It was a warm day and there was little shade. A nice little stroll for a cooler day, or perhaps when there is a good breeze. Great nature center though!

Jamie Vang
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Walking

Trail is super easy. A straight easy shot to walk, and run. No worries there is no mountain and steep trails to climb. I love it so far. Will definitely do it again.

Spencer N.
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Hiking

Great views, saw wild turkeys, coyotes, hawks, and turtles.

Armando Torres Jr
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Road biking

I usually take this trail along with Marsh Creek trail and it is a good ride both ways. If you are coming from Marsh Creek Trail, the end of Big Break has the water and park area to rest up for the return trip. Very nice area.

Jasper Monreal
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all flat that's it.. but the map makes it all worth it

Jennifer Haley
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Walking

Easy trail, lots of educational infographics throughout. Took my kids and dogs, fun was had by all. The coolest thing was the enlarged map of the Delta with a 3D rendition of Mt. Diablo.

Brian Martinez
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Walking

This is a good trail for handicap as well as the older generation folks. The hike is hardball and no dirt. You will go through 2 subdivisions. Just stick to the left hand side.

Rob Lewandowski
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Mountain biking

good trail need maintenance can get lost having to transfer from points wind is brutal but good views with Mt Diablo the antioch bridge and the delta

Jacob Perry
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Ronni Hernandez
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David Popino
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Andrea O.
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Farrah Vidal
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Andrea O.
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AllTrails User
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Jazmin Martinez
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Edwin Hernandez
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Maribel Ruvalcaba
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Sutton McGraw
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Joanna Calderon
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Veronica Vazquez Houck
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Veronica Vazquez Houck
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