SF Bay Trail: Point Isabel to Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park

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Point Isabel Regional Shoreline

SF Bay Trail: Point Isabel to Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Richmond, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length6.6 miElevation gain68 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningViewsWildflowersWildlifeHistoric site
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Park Features: There are beautiful views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin County and Brooks Island from this popular 23-acre park. The San Francisco Bay Trail that runs through the park continues in both directions along the shoreline in a 500-mile trail network. One of the park’s most popular features is the large dog play area, which allows dogs to be off-leash. The shoreline also offers birdwatching opportunities, fishing, bike riding, kite flying, kayaking, and picnicking. The park draws over one million visitors annually. Trails Highlights: This trail is completely paved; it not only offers pristine views of the bay, but also the marshlands and hills to the East. This scenic trail follows the San Francisco Bay Trail along the waterfront passing through two local parks before reaching the Rosie the Riveter World War II Homefront National Historical Park. The visitor center there is free and open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pack water, lunch and sunblock for an active day exploring the Richmond shoreline and its rich historical past. Trail Directions: From the Rydin Road parking lot, walk toward the bathrooms and pick up the paved path to the East that is outside the fences and behind the bathrooms. This is the San Francisco Bay Trail. Follow the SF Bay Trail to the left, to the North; stay on the trail, keeping the water on your left. You’ll pass a connecting side route on the right, and you’ll cross a short bridge within the first mile. After about 1 mile, you will cross another short bridge and come to a fork in the path. Stay left, keeping along the SF Bay Trail and the shoreline. Turn right at Shimada Friendship Park, to go through the parking lot and cross Marina Bay Parkway. Follow the paved trail, passing apartments on the right, and reconnect with the SF Bay Trail on the waterfront. Turn right and continue along the SF Bay Trail as it winds around and along the inner harbor and public boat launch area. After another 1.5 miles, you will reach the Rosie the Riveter World War II National Historical Park visitor center. To return to the starting point, simply turn around and retrace your steps. Park Hours: 5am to 10pm Fees: None According to Access Northern CA (http://accessnca.org/access-northern-california/explore/explore-detail-view/?site_id=182): Accessibility: There are designated, van-accessible parking spaces at the end of Isabel St in several locations - at the trailhead, by the restrooms, and in front of Mudpuppy’s. There are also two spaces are at the end of Rydin Rd. The spaces at Shimada Friendship Park lack access aisles but are very wide and may accommodate some vans with lifts. The trail surface is paved and it is typically at least five feet wide. It is estimated to be gentle, all 3% or less. There are accessible restrooms at the Rydin St. entrance to Pt. Isabel Shoreline Park and Shimada Friendship Park. Restrooms at the Isabel St. entrance have limited access—grab bars and a wide door, but room for only a frontal transfer, and the stall isn’t deep enough to close the door. There are accessible picnic tables by the Sit and Stay Cafe and there is one picnic table at the Shimada Friendship Park but the fixed seating makes it difficult to pull up close to the table.

Health Tip: When you get outside and enjoy fun activities – hiking, walking, boating, or swimming – it’s important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water during light activities, and sports drinks with electrolytes and carbohydrates for more strenuous activities.

Driving Directions: To Rydin Rd. entrance: From either I-580 or I-80, take Central Ave. west to Rydin Rd. Continue to the end of Rydin. Turn left into the parking lot. To Isabel St. entrance: You can also enter the dog park from Isabel Street. Exiting on to Central, continue to the end of Central; turn right onto Isabel St. Turn right into the parking lot.

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M C
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Bike touringGreat!No shade

A lovely little bike ride, uninterrupted, and with only a few choke points to slow down for peestrians. Plus it ends at the Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park visitor center, so you can get your national park geek on (when the visitor center reopens).

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Katherine French
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Road bikingGreat!

Nice trail for cycling. Watch out for the wind. Marina Bay is lovely.

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linda martinez
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WalkingGreat!

best trail, clean and there is not a lot of people early in the morning.

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B Sommer
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Hiking

Long, mellow walk along the water. Lots of dogs at the start and bikers throughout. Almost everyone wearing masks and very crowded on Sun AM.

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Amy Miller
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Larissa Goni
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HikingGreat!

Very flat and highly trafficked with bikes and people with dogs. Great views.

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Steve Conn
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Bear !!
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Sonia Dominguez
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Hiking

Beautiful trail!!

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Carm M
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WalkingGreat!
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Jane Blunck
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WalkingGreat!

Great views of the bay plus plenty of space for social distancing!

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Jane Blunck
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Hiking

Great views, lots of space on trail ( social distancing)

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Alicia M
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Hiking

Nice, breezy, bay views

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Lester Pamplona
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Mountain biking

Nice ride in the rain!

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Alicia M
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Hiking

Smooth, well traveled- beautiful bay views... all Paved.

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Harriet Schwartz
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Hiking

Tour around Marina Bay Harbour including Rosie Riveter murals, marsh, and part of Bay Trail. Easy, 5.8 miles on flat pavement. Scenic views in every direction. Not crowded and easy to maintain social distance. We started at Lucretia Edwards Shoreline Park, where there is ample parking, clean rest rooms, and lots of stone picnic tables. Good choice for any time of the year, especially when the East Bay is hot. About 1/2 hour drive from Rossmoor

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Ingrid Ryan
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Beautiful but gets windy!

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Tyler Chuck
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Hiking

Great trail along the water with some easy ways to extend it. The path is closed at the Craneway Pavilion, but you’re still able to get to the Museum. Great views of SF and the East Bay Hills!

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Andre Perez
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HikingMuddy

The first half of the trail is underwhelming in terms of views and landscaping. it's mostly a dog park beside a muddy Creek bed. the second half of the trail butts up more against the bay and is landscaped.thw path is paved and flat so it's good for biking, wheelchairs, or people who don't hike.

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Lawrence Lamberti
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Hiking

The San Francisco Bay Trail is 500 miles long. It runs through 47 cities & 9 counties. ( According to baytrail.org) It's not 6 miles. Maybe that info on all trails needs to be updated. Absolutely beautiful trail to run or cycle on. Safe, Quiet & Clean.

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L M
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Paved and accessible, great views, lots of rest spots. Museum itself is a highlight too. Aggressively speeding bikers abounded, which was a little stressful. Distance is far greater than stated (maybe it would be accurate as point-to-point)

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Gwendolyn Tornatore
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Hiking

Great wetlands area with lots of wildlife. Flat path so super easy. Breeze from the Bay is wonderful and a great option on a hot day.

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Jeff White
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beautiful . many very large stingrays fully visible near the marina

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Carlo Marini
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Danielle Goodman
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Sonam Tobgay
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Beryl Baker
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Sonam Tobgay
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constance cole
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