San Pablo Bay is a bay inside of San Pablo Bay Wildlife Area. Rosie the Riveter World War II Homefront Historical Park. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group), INVERNESS, CA - OCTOBER 21: Male tule elk are seen off the Tomales Point Trail at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Inverness, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The westernmost portion of the San Pablo Bay Trail begins in the city of San Pablo and is accessible at the end of Pinole Shores Drive in the City of Pinole, where there is a 10 car parking lot open from 8am until 4pm.The next segment is accessible at the end of Tennent Avenue at Bay Front Park, where there is a 12 car parking lot. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group), ALBANY, CA - OCTOBER 17: A couple dogs run off leash along the Albany Waterfront Trail in Albany, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The tavern serves classic roadhouse fare, but with a contemporary, farm-to-table ethos. It’s famed for its olallieberry pie, artichoke soup and seafood dishes. Great birdwatching (bring binoculars). 2. The 9.7 mile roundtrip hike offers stunning views of the Point Reyes peninsula coastline and Tomales Bay. This is a great place for an easy hike/walk with or without kids. We would love to get feedback about this unit from you! The Albany Waterfront Trail which is part of the Bay Trail from Albany to Richmond, offers a variety of scenic views of the bay and art installations in a former landfill known as the Bulb. With its bay and tidal marsh, mud flats, wetland habitat, and open water, the refuge is an important location on the Pacific Flyway, home to large populations of resident and migrating birds at every season of the year. On many days you'll only see a few other hikers on this pathway through truly beautiful landscapes. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group), SAN RAMON, CA - OCT. 17: A deer peaks behind a bush while grazing at Las Trampas Wilderness Regional Preserve in San Ramon, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2020. Resources. Need a good hill workout? For much of the 20th century, the best views of San Francisco Bay belonged to factories and shipyards, all off limits to the public. www.parks.ca.gov/. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group). Trails are open to hikers and cyclists during daylight hours. More than 18 miles of the Bay … Dogs are not permitted, except to accompany hunters during hunting season. No swimming. Tamalpais, the Marin shoreline, and San Pablo Bay with its sailboat and shipping traffic… (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group), ALBANY, CA - OCTOBER 17: Art made on concrete is seen at "the Bulb" in the Albany Waterfront Trail in Albany, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Strengthen the identity of the San Pablo Bay Region to encourage a better understanding of the Baylands as a major habitat, ecological and educational resource. The area was first happened upon by Spanish Explorer Perez Ayala in 1775. Here are seven stellar trail options, plus suggestions for where to refuel apres-hike. The longest and most interesting of the trails in the refuge, the Tolay Creek/Lower Tubbs Trail is flat and graded, and runs atop levees, perfect for easy hiking.Â, The trailhead and a small parking lot are located off Highway 37, one-quarter mile east of its junction with Highway 121 to Sonoma. The trails at the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge offer some of the most rewarding and unusual Sonoma County hikes, with wide open spaces just minutes away. Après-hike: A local favorite, Alamo’s Peasant’s Courtyard is known for its all-day offerings of breakfast, lunch and dinner classics, from Eggs Benedict to French dip and chicken parm, and its picturesque courtyard, surrounded by redwoods. Apres hike: Portola Redwoods State Park is fairly isolated, so you’ll need to travel back a bit into civilization for a post-hike meal. The Albany Waterfront Trail which is part of the Bay Trail from Albany to Richmond, offers a variety of scenic views of the bay and art installations in a former landfill known as the Bulb. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group), SAN RAMON, CA - OCT. 17: View of the Livermore area as seen from the summit of Rocky Ridge along the Rocky Ridge View Trail at Las Trampas Wilderness Regional Preserve in San Ramon, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2020. The Albany Waterfront Trail which is part of the Bay Trail from Albany to Richmond, offers a variety of scenic views of the bay and art installations in a former landfill known as the Bulb. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group), INVERNESS, CA - OCTOBER 21: A sparrow is seen along the Tomales Point Trail at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Inverness, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Well-marked routes through the park lead to a variety of landscapes, from hidden forest groves to Crissy Field’s sunny esplanade and mysterious Fort Point, made famous in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.” https://www.presidio.gov/trails, Après-hike: As of press time, several Presidio restaurants were still temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but the Presidio Cafe serves all-day comfort food — fish tacos, chicken salad and quesadillas — which can be enjoyed on a large patio overlooking the Presidio Golf Course. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group), ALBANY, CA - OCTOBER 17: Maureen Cheung, of Albany, followed by her son Jacob, 6, ride their bikes at "the Bulb" in the Albany Waterfront Trail in Albany, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. You can pick up the trail at any number of locations. The parking lot at 7699 Reclamation Road offers access to four trails: The San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge is open year-round during daylight hours. Hiking are permitted on the trails, but dogs are not allowed on the trail. Martha Ross is a features writer who covers everything and anything related to popular culture, society, health, women’s issues and families. Bay Area residents can continue to find a sense of healing and renewal, as wildfire season recedes, and a growing number of local, state and national parks reopen and make themselves available for hikes and other ways to enjoy time outdoors. There are now several trails of varying lengths open to the public in San Pablo Bay Wildlife Refuge. See San Pablo Reservoir's website for information about visitor services here, including boat launch, boat rental, fishing, and picnicking. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group), INVERNESS, CA - OCTOBER 21: Visitors hike the Tomales Point Trail at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Inverness, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. That changed in the 1980s, when more than 40 local governments came together to create some 500 miles of hiking and bicycle trails to link existing parks, restore wetlands and form a perimeter around San Francisco and San Pablo bays. It serves gourmet burgers, scrambles, housemade pies and local wines and beer. P e t a l u m a R i v e r S o n o m a C r . Overview. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group), INVERNESS, CA - OCTOBER 21: The moon rises near Pierce Point Ranch near the beginning of the Tomales Point Trail at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Inverness, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. To discover other great hikes, check out our Guide to Hiking In Sonoma County, then find more info about things to do, restaurants, and hotels & lodging in Sonoma County. San Pablo Bay is a bay inside of San Pablo Bay Wildlife Area. INVERNESS, CA - OCTOBER 21: Rasha Germain, right, stops for a drink while hiking with Giac Consiglieri, both of Santa Rosa, on the Tomales Point Trail, as a female elk and her calf are seen above at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Inverness, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The 9.7 mile roundtrip hike offers stunning views of the Point Reyes peninsula coastline and Tomales Bay. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group), ALBANY, CA - OCTOBER 17: Visitors hike and hangout at "the Bulb" in the Albany Waterfront Trail in Albany, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The Albany Waterfront Trail which is part of the Bay Trail from Albany to Richmond, offers a variety of scenic views of the bay and art installations in a former landfill known as the Bulb. Parks and Preserves in and Near San Pablo Brooks Island | Distance: 4.48 km (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group), LA HONDA, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 20: The Old Tree Trail at Portola Redwoods State Park in La Honda, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Nothing can calm the mind or nurture the body like a stroll through lush redwoods or a hike atop a ridge offering panoramic views of valleys, forests, bay and ocean. One fish — the Delta Smelt — is on both state and federally threatened lists. Starting just outside of Berkeley in the very civilized Tilden Park, the trail climbs over Wildcat Peak and drops down to San Pablo Reservoir, then runs along the shore of the reservoir for several miles before climbing back over the ridge and into Tilden Park again. The park is ideally located for Bay Area daytrippers, being close to the urban area but still offering a recreational experience that is … Written by Sonoma Insider Suzie Rodriguez. Just a bit further north are two fabulous wineries in the Carneros AVA, Ram's Gate Winery and Viansa Sonoma. The 235-acre preserve lies across Highway 1 from Pescadero State beach and is home to several habitats, including tidal estuary, freshwater marsh, dense riparian woods and northern coastal scrub. On clear days you can see the mountains of Marin, the East Bay, and Sonoma that surround you, and possibly San Francisco and its bridges. You will park in a gravel lot. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group), INVERNESS, CA - OCTOBER 21: Dan Walsh, of San Francisco, hikes with his daughters Amina, 8, and Zoya, 6, from right, on the Tomales Point Trail at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Inverness, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. And this place lives up to its name; it's truly a refuge, a protected place to shelter and breed for many species at serious risk of survival. The 9.7 mile roundtrip hike offers stunning views of the Point Reyes peninsula coastline and Tomales Bay. Overview and Key North Watershed (San Pablo and Briones Reservoirs) Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area South Watershed (Upper San Leandro and Chabot Reservoirs) Dogs Dogs are allowed on the following East Bay trails: Oursan Trail, Hampton Trail and Kings Canyon Loop. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group), INVERNESS, CA - OCTOBER 21: Pierce Point Ranch is seen from inside the barn near the beginning of the Tomales Point Trail at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Inverness, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. More of the Presidio can be seen in the background. Seasonal Popularity. That’s the sense offered by the 9.7-mile round-trip hike to Tomales Point, just north of Point Reyes National Seashore. Above all, be a good citizen and wear a mask or have one handy to pull up when you pass other nature lovers on the trails. The trail starts near the intersection of Hwy 121 and Hwy 37 near Sears Point on the south side of 37, follows Tolay Creek, and splits for a loop around Lower Tubbs Island. A native of the East Bay and a graduate of Northwestern University and Mills College, she’s also a former hard-news and investigative reporter, covering crime and local politics. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group), LA HONDA, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 20: A sign post along the Old Tree Trail at Portola Redwoods State Park in La Honda, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. wikipedia; Hiking Trails (18) 1. The trails at the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge offer some of the most rewarding and unusual Sonoma County hikes, with wide open spaces just minutes away.. With its bay and tidal marsh, mud flats, wetland habitat, and open water, the refuge is an important location on the Pacific Flyway, home to large populations of resident and migrating birds at every season of the year. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group), INVERNESS, CA - OCTOBER 21: A view of Dillon Beach is seen along the Tomales Point Trail at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Inverness, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. In this challenging year, it’s best to call or check websites before you go to make sure parks are open and learn about any safety restrictions or parking lot closures due to COVID-19 or wildfire damage. This makes… ADAPTING GROUND Provide new strategies for adaptation of the San Pablo Baylands in response to sea level rise to protect sensitive habitats and maintain critical biodiversity. Look for the dark blue sign with white lettering: "San Pablo Bay Trail." If you head just north on Arnold Drive, you will see Sonoma Raceway, a year-round motorsports complex with events scheduled a majority of the year (340 days and 50 weekends a year). The 1,400-foot climb leads to 1,720-foot tall Eagle Peak, one of the three summits in the East Bay Regional Park wilderness; www.ebparks.org. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group), SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 17: Interpretive signs catch the attention of a hiker on the Mountain Lake Trail in the Presidio, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group), SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 17: Interpretive signs hang on a fence on the Mountain Lake Trail in the Presidio, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group), SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 17: Families frolic on the shores of Mountain in the Presidio, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group), SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 17: The old Coast Guard station on the shores of San Francisco Bay are viewed from the Crissy Field overlook along the Park Trail in Presidio, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group), SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 17: Crissy Field is viewed from the Park Trail overlook in the Presidio, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. 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