Hike Date: June 18, 2011
Distance: ~ 7 miles
Trail(s): San Francisco Bay Trail
Where’s it at? San Mateo and Foster City on the peninsula off 101
One more short section and I’ll be done with the Peninsula portion of the SF Bay Trail! The trail circles the bay with 400+ miles of trails though it is not yet continuous. Throughout the Peninsula portions, at least, the trails are very well constructed and maintained and suitable for hikers, joggers, and bicyclists.
This portion of the trail goes through the following parks: Shoreline Park, Ryder Park, Seal Point Park, Bayside / Joinville Park, Tidelands Park, and ended at the San Mateo Fishing Pier (which was gated). I started in Shoreline Park in San Mateo and walked just beyond the San Mateo Bridge. I was curious all along what would happen at the bridge, whether it would be a pedestrian walkway across the freeway, or a tunnel beneath. Really, it’s neither, but you do go underneath the bridge, just not through any kind of tunnel; you’re right below the steel framework. It’s surprising how narrow the bridge seems when you walk under it.
This whole section was well paved and had lane stripes painted on it. There was some construction going on around one of the early foot bridges that took away from the serenity and beauty a little bit, and it smelled like sulfur in that section pretty strongly.
There’s really nothing spectacular on this leg of the trail although at Seal Point Park there are some interesting metal sculptuers, some of which are designed to spin in the wind. I recommend that if you take this as an out and back hike, on one leg go to the top of the hill that stands out here, and on the other leg stick along the shoreline of the bay.
My favorite part of this hike was Tidelands Park as you approach the San Mateo Bridge. There were a number of shorebirds and a lot of restoration and wetlands going on in this section.
Photos from SF Bay Trail San Mateo / Foster City(click to enlarge)
Useful Links about SF Bay Trail and Shoreline Park
Directions to Shoreline Park and SF Bay Trail
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