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Bay Trail: Point Isabel to Shimada Friendship Park

If you have a dog or simply like them, check out Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, a 23-acre park where dogs are allowed off leash. It's one of the largest public off-leash dog parks in the nation. A self-serve/full-service pet-grooming business, Mudpuppy’s, is in a small building off the Isabel Street parking lot. Adjacent to it is the Sit and Stay Café, with a patio where you’ll find dog owners hanging out while they wait for their clean pups.

From the Isabel Street lot, a .5-mile trail with uneven asphalt in places leads to a wooden bridge over Hoffman Channel; on the other side is an undeveloped part of the park, which due to the rough terrain isn’t very accessible. From the park’s eastern end you can connect to a section of Bay Trail that follows the shoreline nearly 2 miles to Shimada Friendship Park, then continues several miles farther, almost to the Richmond–San Rafael Bridge. Water activities are popular at the pocket-sized Shimada Park, where on a breezy day you’re likely to see people surfboard sailing.

Trail/Pathway Details

Bay Trail

Trailhead: Foot of Rydin Rd.

Length: Over 4 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Level

Terrain: Hard

Description

The paved Bay Trail runs adjacent to the Hoffman Channel bridge just outside the dog park fence and extends west for 2 miles to Shimada Friendship Park; Marina Bay Park is beyond, and the trail then continues .75 miles more to Lucretia Edwards Park. The breezy, level stretch of trail along Hoffman Marsh and Meeker Slough is a good place to look for shorebirds. The route is popular with cyclists, joggers, and dog walkers. At the first intersection you come to, don’t go right and over the bridge or you’ll end up on 51st Street.

Just past Meeker Slough, the Bay Trail forks. The branch leading away from the Bay is a tree-lined path between the slough and an apartment complex that takes you to Marina Bay Parkway and Marina Bay Park. The branch leading toward the Bay also takes you to Marina Bay, but it’s a longer and more scenic shoreline ride, with access to two small parks and views of nearby Brooks Island. After the trail winds around a housing development you reach Shimada Friendship Park, named for Richmond’s sister city in Japan. From the Shimada Park parking lot you can take a shortcut to Marina Bay Park by picking up the trail across Marina Bay Parkway.

Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Accessible Parking: Yes

The lot at the end of Isabel St. has accessible spaces in several locations: at the trailhead, by the restrooms, and in front of Mudpuppy’s, and 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.

Accessible Restroom: Yes

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.

Accessible Picnic Tables: Yes

At and next to the Sit and Stay Café. Shimada Friendship Park has one table with a concrete path to it, but the fixed seating makes it difficult to pull up close to the table.
View toward Richmond Marina from the trail
View toward Richmond Marina from the trail (Bonnie Lewkowicz)

Features icon key

  • bicycling
  • hiking
  • picnic
  • wildlife viewing

Additional Information

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Website: www.ebparks.org
Managing Agency: East Bay Regional Parks
Address: 2701 Isabel St.
Phone: (888) 327-2757
Hours: Pt. Isabel Shoreline Park: 5 am-10 pm. Shimada Friendship Park: Sunrise to sunset.
Fees: None
Dogs: In restricted areas
Allowed off leash at Pt. Isabel Shoreline Park, on leash on the Bay Trail
Public Transportation: AC Transit
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, October 15, 2014
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