“Run along the San Francisco Bay Trail (Richmond Segment) with stunning views of San Francisco.”
— Wendy Wheeler
Birding · Views · Wildflowers
An enjoyable run with several scenic viewpoints and points of interest to explore along the way.
Need to Know
You can get a $1.50 hot dog and soda at Costco after the run. There are two resturants midway through the run at the Richmond Marina.
A paved trail with gravel area on both sides if you don't like to run on concrete.
Start the run at Central Ave in Richmond, CA. Head west towards Hoffmans Marsh. The marsh is filled with shorebirds, ducks and Canadian geese. The paved path had native flowers in full bloom on both sides.
Turn left at Meeker Slough to stay close to the bay. We stopped to use the restrooms at Shimada Peace Park. A small group of bicyclists were using the picnic area. The bay was choppy and San Francisco peeked out from behind the fog.
Continue on past Barbara and Jay Vincent Park. On the day we visited, people were fishing and kids were enjoying the playground. The next stop is the Richmond Marina. The marina has two resturants and a Rosie the Riveter memorial.
The wind picked up, so we took the path along the Meeker Tidal Creek back. The housing complex blocks the wind for about a mile. This trail always has Canadian geese and ducks.
Turn left at the fork and head back to the car. This section of the trail is often filled with runners and bicyclists.
The bay views are beautiful on this run!
Flora & Fauna
Amazing wildflowers throughout the run. The trail is extremely well maintained and restoration projects can be seen along the way. The wetlands are breeding grounds for coastal birds, Canadian geese, and ducks.
History & Background
This run is part of the San Francisco Bay Trail, a planned 500-mile running and cycling path around the entire San Francisco Bay running through all nine Bay Area counties, 47 cities, and across seven toll bridges. More information can be found here