Ferry Point Path, San Francisco Bay Trail and Ferry Point Loop Trail

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Ferry Point Path, San Francisco Bay Trail and Ferry Point Loop Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Richmond, California that features a lake 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 but must be kept on leash.

Length1.9 miElevation gain39 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningBeachForestLakePavedViewsWildflowersWildlifeHistoric site
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Offering stunning views of the San Francisco Bay, this trail is suitable for all skill levels as well as dogs on leash. The trail is almost completely paved and flat making it suitable for biking and wheelchairs. Bathrooms and water are located next to the Ferry Point Parking area as well as along the loop portion of the trail. Bring a picnic lunch for after your hike or check out the train museum across the street. From Ferry Point parking area, head east toward the fishing pier along the Ferry Point paved path. When you arrive at the fishing pier there will be a water fountain. To the right you will see where the gravel path starts. Follow the gravel path left along the shoreline until you reach the paved Ferry Point Loop trail .2 miles. Follow the loop around the pond. On your way back toward the pier, when you reach the gravel path intersection head left on the paved path back to the Ferry Point parking area. Accessibility: The main trail surface is paved (asphalt, cement, and wooden boardwalk) and typically at least six feet wide. The grade is estimated to be gentle (3% grade or less) except for one very steep (over 12% grade) section at about the 1.8 mile mark. Trail goers using mobility equipment may need to avoid this area. The section between about the 0.2 and 0.5 mile mark may be grassy and uneven. Some trail goers using mobility equipment may need additional assistance through this section. There are at least 3 designated wheelchair accessible car parking spots with striped access aisles at the trailhead (south end). There are at least 4 additional designated wheelchair accessible car parking spots with striped access aisles at another parking lot marked with a waypoint. If wishing to avoid the estimated very steep and uneven sections, it is recommended to commence the loop from the alternate parking lot marked with the waypoint.

There is parking off of Dornan Dr. There are bathroom facilities in multiple places along the trail, including right by the parking area.

Driving Directions: From I-580 West in Richmond, exit at Canal Boulevard. Turn left (south) at the light onto Canal Boulevard and proceed for about 0.1 miles Cutting Blvd. Turn right onto Cutting Boulevard and proceed about .5 miles to the end. Turn left onto South Garrard Boulevard, and continue south through the tunnel. After the tunnel, South Garrard Boulevard becomes Dornan Drive. Follow Dornan Drive until you reach the Ferry Point Pier parking area at the southern most end of the park on the right.

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Cora Young
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This isn’t a hiking trail. This is a stroll around a flat park

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Ashley Boyd
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Pleasant enough but really just a path in a city park. Great views and it did get us to explore a path to the beach we hadn't known about before.

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Naomi Calaway
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Easy flat path, nice view of the city. Kayakers and dog friendly

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Alex Lee
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Chris L
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Maria Tuttle
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Lovely day and equally lovely Easy peasy my friends!

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Rashad Timmons
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Nice and easy!

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luis montes
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David Biggs
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Great views to Oakland, the Bay Bridge, SF, Angel Island, Marin & Mt. Tam, and the Richmond San Rafael Bridge. Did two loops.

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Amy McC
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This is definitely more of a leisurely stroll around a park, rather than a “hike”. The views are beautiful and the breeze on a warm & sunny day is divine. Perfect if you’re looking for a short, flat walk to get fresh air. No shade, so bring a hat on a sunny day. Lots of dogs, kids, picnickers, and birds.

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M C
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The trail is nice for what it is. It is paved the whole way and has some nice views of the bay. There is freeway noise at the beginning, but that fades the further down the trail you go.

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Jeff Parker
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Nice bay views.

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Senior Cali
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Smooth and no people

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Enrique Villanueva
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Aleksandar Bogdanoski
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Tyler Chuck
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Lovely trail to walk at sunset!

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Jane Blunck
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Weston Schaffert
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Adele Bidet
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Chiraag Patel
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Kelsey Gielen
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Meg McCall
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It’s a nice, flat trail with a lot of wide open space and the option of going off the paved path. Maybe it’s the time of year and the haze in the sky, but it was a little bit dreary. Brown grass, sporadic greenery. I can imagine it’s beautiful on a sunny day.

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Yilda Campos
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Valeria Fedyk
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Well, for a hiking trail..this wasn't my favorite at all! A lot of the "trail" went right next to parking lots, which obviously isn't the best area to get a nature feeling. It also felt much more like a park walk than a trail, with picnic tables and people just relaxing galore. It was quite crowded (a lot of Mexican families having barbeques and so forth) which especially given COVID isn't a great thing, and crowded trails were never my thing (or anyone's, probably) to begin with. You do get some views of San Francisco from the shoreline, there's a little lake you walk around, lots of birds and geese which is cool, and some educational signs along the way. But overall, I think there are much more beautiful and secluded and challenging places to hike in California.

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Alejandra Covarrubias
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Mike Bond
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This trail is sort of story of two trails. The hilly part is a great workout and has a fence you have to hop over. The lower part of the trail is perfect for all ages and is mostly ADA accessible. Beautiful views all around!

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Jung Fitzpatrick
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5 stars for ease and views. Great for an easy stroll for diverse groups - young and old, human and canine, fast or slow. Paved pathways make it ideal for strollers or city bikes. Dogs must be on leash. Notes for dog-owners - great for dogs that are slower. Lots of trash cans throughout the park and poo bags available at main entries to park. If your dog loves critters, he will love the shoreline gophers that love to tease dogs.

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Xan Walker
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Steep in parts, don’t go when it’s rainy or too hot

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Carlos A
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Nice little park to come picnic/bike/run

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Bob Taylor
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Hike trails, fire roads, roads and see vista views, historic town, walk through a tunnel and along the shoreline, into a pier and see wildlife along the way.

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