Point Pinole Regional Shoreline – 4 miles, easy
Popular with locals, Point Pinole Regional Shoreline offers great views of the San Pablo Bay. The park once housed explosive manufacturers, was considered for NASA Mission Control Center, and was eventually acquired by the East Bay Regional Park District. Remains of its sordid history are still visible; foundations, magazines, and piers provide clues to this once noisy landscape. This 4-mile loop guided us around the outer edges of the park. Eucalyptus trees lined much of the trails and provided a stunning foreground to the vivid colors of the sunrise.
The park has many picnic areas and benches and more are being added. This would be a great place to cool off during one of East Bay’s dreaded heat waves.
There is a shuttle that runs from the parking area to picnic areas and the pier. Check with the Park District for schedules.
Parking fees are collected on weekends and major holidays April though October.