Shoreline Trail: Salt Marsh Overlook

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Shoreline Trail: Salt Marsh Overlook is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Alameda, California that offers scenic views 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.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
19 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

surfing

trail running

walking

beach

views

Park Features: From the late 1880s until just prior to World War II, Alameda Beach was a renowned amusement center and the largest beach on San Francisco Bay. Now operated by the East Bay Regional Park District, the park is devoid of the rollercoasters and thrill rides that it once sported. However, it now offers swimming, kayaking, beachcombing, birdwatching, and more. There are over 2.5 miles of shoreline with ample beach and water access, and the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary at the far end. The unique Crab Cove Visitor Center features exhibits on San Francisco Bay, including 800-gallon aquarium filled with marine life. Trails Highlights: Scenic views of the shallow bay waters and the far cities and hills, as well as easy beach access, moderate temperatures and a flat, paved trail, make this route accessible to everyone. This trail will end at the Salt Marsh Overlook which provides a nice viewing area for shorebirds. Bring your binoculars and field guide to help identify the birds you see. This route also makes for a pleasant bike ride. Trail Directions: Start at the Crab Cove Visitor Center. Head south on the Shoreline Trail and follow it to its end at the Salt Marsh Overlook. The pathway will take you along the beach on the right and the city on the left. You will pass many points to access the beach, as well as numerous bathrooms and water fountains on the way. Upon reaching the Salt Marsh Overlook, take a break if you like; then turn around and retrace your steps to return to the starting point.

Our pup gets nervous around cars and we went on a busy day so we struggled a little. otherwise a super pretty, easy paved walk.

walking
2 months ago

This is an excellent trail for an easy evening walk.
Pros:
1. Scenic: The view of Bay Bridge and SF downtown is really nice. Reminds me of lakeshore trail in Chicago.
2. Easy access: the park is easily accessible and plenty of free street parking available :)
3. Friendly: People strolling/running in the park are very friendly to humans and dogs (perhaps not cats or reptiles, not sure).

Cons: Not a lot of water fountains :(

9 months ago

Do this daily on my bike

road biking
10 months ago

Bike this trail daily
It's awesome!

road biking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Great bike ride along the bay. There is a designated path for bicyclists and a separate path for walkers/runners/dogs. The last half mile or so is a dirt path that extends down behind some houses to the bridge to Bay Farm Island.

walking
Sunday, February 21, 2016

This was a simple walk with paved roads and the option to walk along the beach.

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Sunday, May 07, 2017

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

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