Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline
The park, which is divided into two sections, that is divided in two sections by privately owned property, is located on the southern shoreline of the Carquinez Strait and eastern San Pablo Bay and in the adjacent hills, within the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Total area of the park is 1,400 acres (5.7 km2).
The steep coastal hills rise as much as 750 feet (230 m) above the strait.
The larger eastern park section extends from expansive natural open spaces in the Crockett Hills, eastwards to the city of Martinez, the Martinez Regional Shoreline park, and the John Muir National Historic Site. Trails in the Crockett Hills have unobstructed views across Carquinez Strait to Suisun Bay, Benicia, and southern Solano County.
The state built the 1.7 miles (2.7 km)-long Carquinez Scenic Drive along the southern shore of the strait in 1912. Decades later, it turned the road over to Contra Costa County. Major storms and landslides in 1983 caused huge gaps in the road, forcing its permanent closure to auto traffic. Instead, the county decided to convert the abandoned road into a trail for exclusive use by hikers, joggers, cyclists and equestrians. EBRPD negotiated with Contra Costa County for nearly a decade before it reached agreement in December 2012 on an easement that allowed converting the idle roadway to a trail. Even so, it still cost about $5.5 million to install piers, drains and walls to ensure stability of the new trail. It took several years to obtain sufficient funds for this project,[a] The new trail, which did not open for public use until the Fall of 2014, was named for former U.S. Representative George Miller (D-Martinez), who was instrumental in obtaining $3.5 million in Federal funds for the project.
- Other funds came from the State Coastal Conservancy, Contra Costa Transportation Authority Measure J and the Park District’s Measure WW Development.
- Todd, Gail. "Carquinez Regional Shoreline walk." SFGate. October 24, 2012. Accessed July 11, 2017
- "Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline." East Bay Regional Park District. Accessed July 10, 2017.
- Jones, Rick, "Carquinez Scenic Drive recreation trail re-opens." Martinez News-Gazette. November 9, 2014. Accessed July 13, 2017
- "Scenic trail along Carquinez Strait to re-open on route of ruined century-old road." Bay Area News Group. Published October 31, 2014. Updated August 15, 2016. Accessed July 11, 2017.
- Official Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline website
- Bay Area Hiker: Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline (eastern section) — with images.
- Bay Area Hiker: Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline (western section) — with images.
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