Coyote Point to San Mateo Bridge is a 10.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Burlingame, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, bird watching, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length10.4 miElevation gain95 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlykid friendlystroller friendlyRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningBeachPavedViewsWildlifeNo shade
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According to Access Northern California (http://accessnca.org/access-northern-california/explore/explore-detail-view/?site_id=156): The Bay Trail skirts the eastern perimeter of the park, parallel to Coyote Point Drive for much of the way. Starting near the Peninsula Humane Society shelter on Airport Boulevard, you quickly leave the Bay views behind, turning inland to travel past many of the park's amenities. Across Coyote Point Drive is the Poplar Creek Golf Course. Approximately a half-mile in, a grove of eucalyptus trees atop a nearby hill wafts a sweet aroma into the air and, depending on the time of day, provides a little shade. The Bay Trail briefly touches Coyote Point Marina, then travels south out of the park for 2.5 miles to the San Mateo Bridge. No matter where you are on the trail, you can hear planes circling to land at nearby San Francisco International Airport and shots ringing from the shooting range, but the sounds of songbirds and other small animals provide a calming balance to the manmade racket. Coyote Point was once an island separated from the mainland by a large salt marsh that was later filled in. Much of the 670-acre park is flat, except for a few knolls among eucalyptus trees that often reveal scenic overlooks of the marina, the remaining marsh, and the Bay. With an outstanding nature museum, several playgrounds, plentiful picnic areas, a beach, large lawns, and an accessible playground at the Eucalyptus Recreation Area, the park makes a great day-long outing for families. Adults can also enjoy a shooting range, marina, yacht club (not wheelchair accessible), and fishing jetty. Situated on the east side of a tree-shaded knoll in the eastern part of the park, the CuriOdyssey Museum is a top-notch interactive science and education center that allows visitors to observe a variety of native California animals up close. Indoor exhibits include interactive displays, computer activities, videos, and films about Bay Area ecosystems. The open floor plan makes it easy to maneuver. In the outdoor animal habitats you can learn about and get close to various reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and, in the walk-through aviary, nearly two dozen native birds. The butterfly and hummingbird gardens are scenic and peaceful spots in which to rest and watch the wildlife. ACCESSIBILITY: There is firm, designated handicapped-accessible parking with a slope no greater than 2% at the marina, trailheads, promenade, museum, and playground. The trail surface is paved asphalt and it is typically at least six feet wide. It is mostly gentle, all estimated to be 5% or less. Most wheelchair and stroller users will find this trail navigable. The restrooms in the park are partially accessible (most only allow front-transfers, are too shallow to close the stall door, and have no grab bars on the back wall). The most accessible one is by the drop-in picnic area below the museum, which has enough clearance for closing the stall door and pulling alongside the toilet. Numerous picnic areas have accessible tables with a firm and stable path and surface, and at least 27 inches of knee clearance. The most accessible tables are downhill from the CuriOdessey Museum.

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Warren Woo
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WalkingClosed

About 1 mile into the walk (from the Coyote Pt starting point), trail is CLOSED off due to levee construction. A sign says to take the detour, but none was found.

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Rakesh L
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WalkingGreat!

Nice trail! Construction in progress so some detours. Can get super windy in evenings so dress appropriately

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Alex J. Zhang
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Kunal Jain
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Alex J. Zhang
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Nancy McGee
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Hiking

Too many detours no access to Bay Trail. Walking along 101 is yucky.

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Jesus Magana
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Kathleen Eppolito
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Leonid Kontsevich
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Road biking
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Jais Raja
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Hiking

Easy and relaxing!

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Reynaldo Perez
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Hiking

Nice for running and stroller

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Ken C
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Hiking

Nice easy walk along the bay. Recommend taking a detour around the bay-side of the Coyote Point recreation area instead of inside the park for better views.

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Cate Cattano
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Road bikingGreat!

Nice view!

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Stephanie Tong
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Road biking

Beautiful view of the Bay. Airplanes landing in Oakland airport to the delight of one of my kids, and beautiful wetlands teeming with life to the delight of my other two kids. Cover your head it’s very sunny and not much shade. A nice easy bike ride for kids that still gives them plenty of exercise.

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Robert Christensen
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HikingNo shade
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Jian Jiang
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Walking

Nice trail, a bit windy. A lot of traffic for sure. Most people keep social distancing.

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Aki M
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Hiking

Nice trail for an afternoon walk by the bay. A lot of people use this trail.

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Anastasia Dubova
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Hiking

Our first trail with Sophia in the stroller

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Mary Alden
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Hiking

Coyote Point is a wonderful park to get miles of flat walking or riding a bike in. This is a park I use to frequent many years ago when I lived in San Mateo. The trail can go clear to Foster city, then a short roundabout can get you as far as Palo Alto. Miles of bike trails well paved but often windy near the water. On a clear day, you can see San Francisco. At Coyote Point, the trails are more like walking paths then actual hiking trails. If your looking for a elevation workout then head down to Seal Point Park that connects to Coyote and Ryder Park where you will find a large hill used specifically for elevation workouts. The park is most notable for watching the airplanes land and due to the wind direction, you don’t hear the planes as loudly as one would expect. At Coyote Point don’t miss the many beautiful and very old eucalyptus trees as well. Really nice restrooms with flushing toilets and soap and water! This was a perfect park for a quick walk before having lunch and a perfect in the middle destination if your friends live at a distance. Last, the wildflowers here were beginning to bloom! As I recall, the wildflowers are stunning in the spring here!

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Erik Boxhoorn
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Hiking

Flat trail and the right distance for kids. The Magic Mountain playground a great destination. Great area for a picnic.

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Mark Babineau
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Hiking

This portion of the bay trail is great for meandering. Every morning is different with the tides.

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SURABHI SINDHUJA
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Been here! it's a great place to jog. one side of the trial has dogs play area and the other side it has children's play area. it's crowded in evening.

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Sarah Fahey
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Hiking

Very flat and great to walk with kids (stroller friendly). Beautiful views of the Bay and landing planes.

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Amber Moss
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pretty easy trail, kids can take bikes and there is a park along the way.

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Melissa VanderMolen
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Jeffrey Chang
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Alexis G.
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Jeff Rymer
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Samara West
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Ariel Margulis
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