Hike Date: May 22, 2011
Distance: ~ 5 miles
Trail(s): San Francisco Bay Trail, Coyote Point Park, Robert E. Woolley SP
Where’s it at? Burlingame, CA on the peninsula


The San Francisco Bay Trail is a project aiming to circle the bay with 500 miles of trails. Many sections are already there but missing some connectors. Find out more at BayTrail.ca.gov.

Continuing exploration of the San Francisco Bay Trail, this short leg started at Bayfront Park in Burlingame, CA, went through Robert E. Woolley State Park and Coyote Point County Park, and ended in San Mateo at Shoreline Park. In some parts of this hike I strayed off the SF Bay Trail proper to explore inside the parks and walk the piers and through the Marina. Generally it was where the trail started to move inland and away from the bay.

Free parking is always great, and this parking lot at Bayfront Park was nice, although lacking some shade on a hot day. The trail here starts out well paved (yuck) and elevated a bit from the road to the west and the bay to the right. The day I visited there was almost nobody else walking here, though I did see several bikers throughout the day.

Soon you come to the Sherman Restaurant. an old (steamboat?) built in 1922 that now serves as the only stationary restaurant on the water in San Francisco Bay. I didn’t stop in, looks too fancy for accomodating hikers and probably wasn’t even open at that time.

Continuing on, this is one spot I branched off the paved trail. I believe it was Robert E. Woolley State Park, according to maps, though you’d never know you were entering one, and have to wonder why this is a state park in the first place (and subsequently why they’re closing Castle Rock instead of this one). Nothing too exciting here, although leaving pavement has it’s own enjoyment for a hiker like me.

Again I left the trail proper when I got to the entrance and parking lot for Coyote Point County Park, sticking toward the water. This was my favorite area of this trip, there is a little tiny bit of elevation change as you ascend some old hills and this gives up great views of the Marina and San Mateo Bridge, as well as across the bay to the East Bay. There seems to be a lot going on in Coyote Point Park and I didn’t fully explore it but the gist I got is that there is a museum, a firing range, a golf course next door, and a pretty cool looking playground that had a massive ‘building’ for the kids to climb into and play on. I thought to myself that it was probably the coolest playground I’ve seen since they tore down the old wooden tire swing and used tire climbing crow’s next where I grew up.

As you get to the other side of the park there is a large marina and here I sort of lost the trail for a few but finally reconnected and ended at Shoreline Park in San Mateo.

This would be a great trail to live right next to, and I’m glad to have explored the section, but I don’t expect I’ll be back other than maybe Coyote Point anytime soon.

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