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Carquinez Loop Overlook Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Port Costa, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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 1.6 mi Elevation gain 114 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Kid friendly Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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A great walk, this trail will give you a great taste of the Carquinez regional shoreline with views of the Carquinez Strait, this is a great location for birders. Don't forget your binoculars!

Park at the Bull valley Staging Area

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Kyle Blomseth
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yingxiang kang
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Heliodoro Moreno Jr.
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Easy hike with great views, but it gets pretty windy, so make sure to bring a sweater.

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Elena K.
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Nice, easy trail lined with trees. Windy at the top.

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Kara Guerrero
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Lots of horse poop so watch out! Shady in some area but mostly sunny. Went off trail a bit

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Sean McAllaster
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Beautiful trail with great views of both bridges in the area.

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Selin Firat
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One of my favorite overlook trails in the area. Has beautiful views of the carquinez bridge and lots of open green hills. There are a lot of cows grazing this area so you definitely have to watch where you step for cow droppings. Lots of sun but the further you go down the more eucalyptus trees there are. There are also a few random picnic tables on the trail that would make a great place to sit and watch the view. There is a restroom available but it is currently closed because of the stay in place order.

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Dee Turbin
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always a nice hike. cow herd kept me from going into Port Costa (blame it on the cows!) beware poison oak is coming out! this actually was the Bull Valley trail I hiked

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Tim Gesell
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Short trail perfect for my 4 and 5 year olds. Great bay views of surrounding towns. Still green. It’s a ranch so there are some cow patties along the way. Some shade in the eucalyptus, mostly sun.

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Josh Song
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Rated 4.2

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Naomi Hurley
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Nice short loop with good views. Okay for kids but do not recommend for strollers unless you have a sturdy jogging stroller. Trail is bumpy. Also lots of cow poop which can be an unwelcome distraction/hazard for younger kids.

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Kyle Flores
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Solid trail that's ideal for kids and the elderly. Beautiful views.

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Carlos A
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Trail has nice views of Benicia, Glen Cove and the strait. You can see both the Carquinez and Martinez Bridge.

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Stan Inzer
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This was an excellent easy hike. Lots of places to take beautiful pictures. Nice walk through a eucalyptus forest. I saw birds, lizards and flowers. There was an outhouse at the trailhead that appeared to be well taken care of. I intended to do the 1.6 mile loop, but ended up doing the 1.9 mile loop.

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Luci Randall
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I inadvertently headed down Eckley Rd in trying out this trail earlier today, and realized almost immediately I headed the wrong way (15% grade); headed back up, and entered the "cow gate" towards the outhouse, and this was the beginning of the trail. I saw only one other person on the trail (altho there were several cars in the parking area). Offers nice views of the bay and bridges... in the "loop" part (middle of the walk), there is some shade provided by the fairly dense forestry. Also in the loop area, there are some spots where it's hard to know if you're on the trail... stick to your gut and stay to the gently trodden grass. Altho, there appear to be some other trails along the way heading off in different directions. Just stick to the map provided here, and you'll do fine. There is some slight incline on the trail; I'm in my 60's with a bum hip, and it was fine. I ended up walking about 1.72 miles, nice and fairly easy walk.

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Wendi Castro
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Great views of the bridge. Spotted some hawks. Easy walk.

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Mimi Broderick
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Great view, easy walk, and the dog loved it.

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Susan Williams
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Beautiful views of the bay, Benecia and bay bridge.

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Bill Crain
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Nice little flat walk with great water views.

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Eric Guzman
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Great trail, encountered someone with their dog off leash was not friendly with my dog. Also people need to pick up after their dogs as well. Well maintained trail though.

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Donald Peterson
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Nice easy loop.great view. nice breeze..

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Sarmed Anwar
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Easy hike with great views.

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All Trails
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Easy short trail hike. I might wait until our rainy season goes away because it was still quite muddy. The grazing cows were cool! And the views are amazing!

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Carissa Nelson-Espinosa
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although I didn't get to hike the entire trail because of the mud, I did love this park. it had lovely rolling hills a beautiful view of the bay and lots of birds. look forward to revisiting this place once it dries up a bit. The mud was just to much for me but my pooch loved it !

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Ari Barrett
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Easy trail over gentle, emerald green rolling hills dotted with friendly cows, other hikers and their dog's. great views too!

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AllTrails User B.Rambles
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Great hike for little ones....

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Nathan Tsang
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I started at the Carquinez Scenic Dr trailhead, hiked up to Port Costa and back, then continued to the Eckley Pier for a total of 3.2 miles. This was an easy hike and I enjoyed the views of the Carquinez Strait and the Carquinez Regional Shoreline.

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Bruces Mom
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Good day hike with Yummy Foods nearby in Vallejo..!

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Brandon Vegas
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AllTrails Chris Haskell
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