Best trails in Richmond, California

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Looking for a great trail near Richmond, California? AllTrails has 24 great trail running trails, hiking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Tamalpais State Park or Mount Diablo State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like McNee Ranch or San Pedro Valley County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Richmond ranging from 1.8 to 17.8 miles and from 6 to 1,148 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Richmond, California
Top trails (24)
#1 - Wildcat Creek Trail, Havey Creek Trail, San Pablo Ridge Trail, and Belgum Trail
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
Park Features: Wildcat Canyon Regional Park encompasses 2,430 acres along the Wildcat Creek watershed and the surrounding hills and ridges. On east-facing slopes grow large coast live oaks, bay laurels, and a scattering of big leaf maples and madrones. North-facing hillsides support beautiful stands of bay laurel, fringed with coast live oak, coyote brush, poison oak, elderberry, snowberry, bracken fern, and blackberry. Picnic and barbeque facilities, a children’s playground, and restrooms and drinking water are available in the Alvarado Area near the starting point. Trail Highlights: This trail begins on a wide fire road but soon winds through native woodlands and along shaded creek beds, ascending to a lookout point with breathtaking views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, and Marin to the west, San Pablo Bay and Point Pinole to the north, and Mt. Diablo, San Pablo Reservoir, Briones, and other East Bay parks to the east. You can refill water bottles about 2 miles into the hike, just before the Havey Canyon turn, and at the intersection of Mezue and Wildcat Creek trails.Show more
#2 - Wildcat Creek, Mezue, San Pablo Ridge, Green Ridge and Belgum Trail
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
A spectacular 360* view of the Bay Area awaits you at the apex of this moderately strenuous hike. This multi-use loop ends at the historic site of the Belgum Sanitorium. Park in the main lot of the Alvarado Staging Area. The Wildcat Creek Trail begins at the far end of the lot. The trail begins on pavement for approximately a mile and then turns into a fire road. After a total of 2 miles, you will take a left thru a cattle gate onto the Mezue Trail. Follow this moderately steep trail 1.33 miles uphill past Leonards Trail to the juncture with the San Pablo Ridge Trail. Take a left onto San Pablo Ridge and take in the views for 1.21 undulating miles. At the juncture with the Green Ridge Trail take a left and follow Green Ridge for .15 miles. Then continue straight onto Belgum Trail. Follow it .85 miles past the interpretive panel for the historic Belgum Sanitorium. Go thru a gate and at the bottom of the hill, turn right onto the pavement to rejoin the Wildcat Creek trail .44 miles back to the staging area. Show more
#3 - Ferry Point Path, San Francisco Bay Trail and Ferry Point Loop Trail
Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 45 m
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.Show more
#4 - Havey Canyon and Mezue Trail Loop
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
#5 - San Pablo Ridge Trail
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 3 h 39 m
A pleasant loop trail in Alvarado park and access to Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. Show more
#6 - SF Bay Trail: Point Isabel to Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park
Point Isabel Regional Shoreline
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
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 flat with an average grade of 1% and a max grade of 3%. 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.Show more
#7 - Wildcat Canyon Loop Trail
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park
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Length: 11.0 mi • Est. 5 h 30 m
Please see the dog section of the accessibility page for the reserve: https://www.ebparks.org/parks/tna/default.htm#access_info Take Wildcat Canyon Creek Trail to Laurel Canyon Road up to Nimitz Trail. This trail as defined is NOT in its totality 'dog friendly' the trail crosses 'Tilden Nature Area' where dogs are not allowed. A small modification and you skip that nature area and can bring your pup. Dogs are not allowed AT ALL, even on leash, in the Tilden Nature Reserve (the south part of the loop, a bit past the Conlon trail at either end.) If you have dogs with you, cut off the loop at Conlon and it will be a nine mile loop. Also be aware there is a new rule that dogs must be on leash when cattle or other grazing animals are present.Show more
#8 - Bay, Marine View, Crest and West Trail Loop
Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
This trail not only features several sites of key importance to the park’s history, Ferry Point and Nicholl Knob, it also provides sweeping views from the hillcrest of the East Bay, the San Francisco Bay and beyond. Please note, sections of the trail are very steep and uneven. Trail Directions: From Ferry Point Parking Lot, head west to Ferry Point. At the point, follow the San Francisco Bay Trail along the shoreline. At the lagoon, turn left to continue on San Francisco Bay Trail along the west side of the lagoon. At the restroom, turn left and follow the trail up to Dornan Drive, following Dornan Drive to the left until you reach Western Drive, just before the tunnel. Cross safely at the crosswalk and turn left. After about 100 ft, turn right at the sign that says “path” and follow the trail uphill towards Belvedere Ave. At Belvedere Ave, continue right and up the dirt path. You will intersect with Old Country Road; make a left and continue for about 800 feet. Turn left at the fork onto Marine View Trail, then after about 200 feet, turn left to connect to Crest Trail. At the paved road, turn left and head about 100 feet towards the gate. At the gate, turn right onto Crest Trail and follow to the top of the hill at Nicholl Knob. After admiring the view, to continue, follow the paved road for about 300 feet until you reach the sign for Crest Trail, then turn left. Continue for .23 miles along the ridge, descend the steps, and continue on Crest until you reach False Gun lookout. From the lookout circle, head to the west, steeply downhill onto West Ridge Trail. Follow West Ridge Trail for .36 miles. At the next signpost, take the steep path up the hill to West Ridge Point. From there, continue straight on West Ridge Trail, then make a left at the next signpost to follow West Ridge Trail to Dornan Drive. Carefully cross Dornan Drive and head left for .1 miles to return to Ferry Point Parking Lot.Show more
#9 - Wildcat Creek Trail to Belgium Trail to San Pablo Ridge Trail
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
#10 - Mezue Trail Short Loop
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park
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Length: 3.0 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
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