Tiburon Waterfront is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Belvedere Tiburon, California that offers the chance to see wildlife 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.

Length5.7 miElevation gain85 ftRoute typeOut & back
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According to Access Northern California (http://accessnca.org/access-northern-california/explore/explore-detail-view/?site_id=151): On the eastern shore of Richardson Bay, at the intersection of Tiburon Boulevard and Greenwood Beach Road, is a 12-acre public open space called Blackie’s Pasture, dedicated to a celebrated horse named Blackie who grazed here for 28 years. This is where people park to begin hiking the wide, paved, and mostly level Tiburon Peninsula Historic Trail (aka Tiburon Linear Park or Tiburon Bike Path), which runs 2.5 miles along the water through Richardson Bay Park to downtown Tiburon. There’s abundant bird-watching at Richardson Bay, as it hosts more than 1 million migratory birds every year. The trail was once part of a train route bringing food and supplies to Tiburon, as you can learn from interpretive panels along the way. Toward the end of the trail, in linear Shoreline Park, is the Tiburon Railroad and Ferry Depot Museum. Constructed in 1885 as part of the San Francisco and North Pacific Tiburon terminal, this depot was the railroad and ferry link to San Francisco until 1967. The ground floor houses a working scale model of the rail yard and ferry terminal as it was in 1909 with historic photographs, and artifacts. The second floor (not accessible) has a reconstruction of the stationmaster’s residence. Before heading out on the trail, you can follow the dirt path on the Bay side of the parking lot that leads to a lovely area where you can get close to the waters of Richardson Bay and admire the views of Sausalito and San Francisco. Scheduled passenger ferries to Angel Island leave from 21 Main St. in downtown Tiburon. ACCESSIBILITY: There is designated handicapped-accessible parking at Blackie’s Pasture, along Tiburon Blvd. (south of Lyford Drive), and at Donohue Depot on Paradise Dr. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are a few hundred feet past the bridge at Blackie’s Pasture (open sunrise to sunset), by the children’s play area, and on Main Street at the ferry landing for Angel Island. Sometimes there is an accessible portable unit at the west end of Paradise Drive. There are accessible picnic tables at Located at the children’s playground at McKegney Green and at Blackie's Pasture. The trail is mostly level, except for a short uphill stretch by McKegney Green and a very steep incline where the asphalt trail connects back to the main trail. The typical width is at least four feet. A landscaped area with more than 250 native plants is at the start of the asphalt trail that leads toward downtown Tiburon. A statue of Blackie stands tall off in a field - the field surface may be firm enough to roll across and get close to the statue. Back on the trail, you cross over a small creek bed on Schapero Bridge (named after the Tiburon town treasurer responsible for protecting Blackie’s Pasture), then pass restrooms before reaching a junction. Continue uphill on the asphalt trail or follow the hard-packed gravel trail for less than 0.3 miles as it hugs the shoreline. Some of the best views are on this stretch. A children’s play area that is tucked against the hillside can be reached from either trail, but access is easiest from the asphalt trail. After the trail curves inland, it climbs a very steep incline and reconnects to the main trail. Back on the main trail, Bay views soon disappear. Instead you see residences and tennis courts for the next 1.5 miles. After you cross San Rafael Avenue, trees enclose the trail. At Cove Road, bicycles are directed to an on-street bike lane and pedestrians continue on sidewalks another 0.5 miles to downtown. Here you can opt for a lunch break or drinks at one of the waterside cafes along Main Street, or continue a quarter-mile on the trail as it curves along the Bay through Shoreline Park. Grassy areas with benches provide opportunities to stop and admire Angel Island. You’ll pass the Railroad and Ferry Museum before you reach the trail’s end at Elephant Rock, which is a few feet offshore and is reached by a ramp. The wooden deck surrounding the rock has small gaps through which you can see the water below.

Park at the Broadway Market for $5 all day

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Maria Tam
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Ok, just a walk wwith dogs or kid s. Nui noHH news he by

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Katherine French
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WalkingGreat!

Nice views of Bay, SF, Golden Gate Bridge. Nice walk if you like architecture, easy to veer off to Belvedere and Corinthian island.

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Andrea Telfer
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Definitely more of a paved walking path. Great for kids, dogs and bikes. Will come back with the fam :)

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Pranjali Joshi
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WalkingGreat!

Beautiful trail along the bay! Peaceful and quiet, good for a nice little stroll with skyline views of the SF city :)

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Therese Peffer
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Urban trail Ferry to angel island is ~2.5 miles

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Jib Bullian
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Beautiful trail!

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Eddie Lee
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Great

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William Mackie
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Road biking

Really amazing trail! Biked it at sunset with my buddy! Amazing views for a sunset bike cruise!

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Meredith Rogers
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nice, easy, flat trail, pretty scenery, WAY too many people

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John Kwok
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Skyler Spitz
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Road biking

Nice, easy there and back trail. Some paving happening right now so unpleasant smell but otherwise beautiful.

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Ray Chiao
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Great view of bay

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Eric Miedema
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Ashish Dixit
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Bob Cooper
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Beautiful but not a lot better of variety

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Daryl Beck
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Noy Rogers
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Easy ride with a beautiful view. During peak hours it will be crowded, but I rode during sunset and it wasn’t too bad. The views are amazing and the weather is unpredictable (it’s the Bay Area) I would recommend layering up, if possible.

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Melinda Robertson
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Beautiful morning Good for running!

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Char D
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beautiful views, bay view, lots of birds , easy trail. paved and a few sandy sides for viewpoints

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Maria Evola
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Hiking

Well paved nice views good for wheels or mobility issues.

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Francesca Marsh
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Running

Super fun quick run with my dog into Tiburon for coffee!

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Søren L
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Walking

Began at Blackie's pasture and walked about 3/4 mile before it got too windy and cold (in March). Great views of the bay on a clear day. Great place to take visitors, plenty of lot parking. There a lot of dogs, some were off-leash. Fun to people and dog watch here, wish there were more benches or picnic tables for lunch.

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Mindy Roesel
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Just beautiful area. We ventured off trail and went around Belvedere Island which has gorgeous views and homes. This is a hike we will add to our favorites. Ended up being 6.9 miles with our detour.

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Nicole Affleck
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It is a good paved hike that gives the chance to explore Tiburon. Very beautiful.

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Charles Mooney
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Fun!

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Cathy Ackley
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Brought the entire family. Based on the name, I was expecting a wild "ramble". What I found was a paved path that runs along the waterfront. Still wondering if I missed the ramble- but at the listed address your only option is the path. Gorgeous views of the golden gate, level easy path. You can bring your dog on leash. Lot of tourists. It basically runs into the cute town with lots of shopping and food options. A great first date option.

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James Barry
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Very nice trail. You cam park at the Broadway Market for $5 all day. Road is challenging enough to be rewarding. After your ride, head to Sam's for a nice cold one!

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Emily Thomas
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Morgan Hagerty
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Xue Taoran
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