Shoreline Trail: Salt Marsh Overlook is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Alameda, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, nature trips, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.3 miElevation gain19 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingRunningBeachPartially pavedViewsWildlife
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This trail has scenic views of the shallow bay waters and the far cities and hills, as well as easy beach access and moderate temperatures. From the Crab Cove Visitor Center, head south on the Shoreline Trail and follow it to Salt Marsh Overlook. The beach will be on your right and the city on your left. There are multiple beach access points, as well as many bathrooms and water fountains. The route ends at Salt Marsh Overlook. There is a nice viewing area for shorebirds here and you may want to bring binoculars. From the late 1880s until just before World War II, Alameda Beach was the largest beach in San Francisco Bay and a popular amusement park. Now it is operated by the East Bay Regional Park District and no longer has rollercoasters and rides. It is now used for swimming, kayaking, beachcombing, and birdwatching. There are over 2.5 miles of shoreline with beach access. The Crab Cove Visitor Center has interesting exhibits on life in the San Francisco Bay, including an 800-gallon aquarium. The Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary is at the far end. Accessibility: The trail surface is partially paved and partially dirt/sand. The paved sections are considered wheelchair/mobility equipment and stroller friendly and are typically at least five feet wide. The grade is gentle, all estimated 3% or less. Beaches may not be accessible for equipment without special tires due to deep and loose sand.

Park at one of several parking lots within the park boundary. There are many drinking fountains and restrooms along the trail.

Once through the Oakland/Alameda Tube, you'll be on Webster Street. Follow Webster to its end at Central Avenue. Turn right on Central and then take the first left onto McKay Ave. Watch for the Crab Cove parking lot on your left.

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Raymond Sky
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HikingGreat!No shade
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Valerie Ngo
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Great, a bit crowded on Friday morning. Construction work being done but there are detours.

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Aleena Jack
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Naizar Mubarak
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Good for walking with kids

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michael O'Donnell
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Shannon Johnson
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Great spot, easy to social distance when on the beach but much harder if you stay on the paved trail. Come here often, this is the first time I’ve recorded it!

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D W
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*Alameda Island - Downtown to Washington Park via Crown Memorial State Beach*

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Mayowa Dayo
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Great fast trial. Fewer people in the evening

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Hana Santiago
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It was ex excellent bike path from Oyster, Oakland Airport, Alameda and Oakland.

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Azteca Espinosa
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Bill Meckel
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Tony Castillo III
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Amalia L.
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Perfect biking or walking trail for family or relaxing afternoon

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Tara Boehm
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HikingGreat!

This is a great beach trail- lots of bathrooms paved path and easy access points to get to the beach. Highly recommend SF people get out of the typical rocky wavy sf beach and enjoy this sweet Alameda one.

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Paul Gutierrez
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Mountain bikingGreat!

Bike lanes are for bikes right? with COVID going on I see more folks using this lane for walking. Come-on people.

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Monifa Willis
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Marc Guerrero
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Views of SF is nice in the morning when there is no fog. Definitely great getting fresh air from the ocean.

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Tyler Chuck
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A nice walk to the USS Hornet, which is pretty cool to see. There are a bunch of ships out there to see with a pretty great view of the Bay too!

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Rossi Snipper
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Extended the Shoreline Trail: Salt Marsh Overlook on both ends. I especially like the undeveloped trail between Broadway (Route 61) and the bridge to Bay Farm Island when the flowers are in full bloom. It was fabulous in March, much more muted in June.

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Jacqui Vasquez
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Gorgeous views and the wind was nice

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Roseann Day
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Running

Great spot for a flat paved 5k. Plenty of parking and no fee when we went a little after 8 on a Sunday. Gorgeous views of the bay and San Francisco. Provides access at several points to the beach.

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Juliana Cherry
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Alameda shoreline trail is great for walking, jogging, bicycles, kite flying, or just enjoying the beach.

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Carlos A
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If you continue straight where it tells u to turn back. The trail takes you through a bird sanctuary

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Carlos A
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it was a hot day today and first thing that came to mind was a Beach. didnt expect to be here for 4 hours but was worth it

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Stephen Hamano
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I have done this walk many times and usually add the public paved access near Crab Cove which is very peaceful. For the first time added the narrow unpaved public access behind the homes to the bridge. Very easy and so quiet away from the cars on the primary stretch

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Sarah Best
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Ryan Fabian
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Nice easy walk :) They have a dedicated bike lane that is also separate from the walking path, which allows cars, cyclists and pedestrians the ability to enjoy shoreline drive.

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Nick Tepeli
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Fully paved. Flat. Crowded. Great view of San Francisco. Beach access throughout. End has a bird sanctuary.

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Nick Barracca
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Easy nice walk

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