Hike Date: June 21, 2011
Distance: ~ 8 miles
Trail(s): SF Bay Trail, Redwood Shores Trail
Where’s it at? Redwood Shores, just south of San Mateo Bridge


This portion of the San Francisco Bay Trail is the southernmost portion of the trail on the San Francisco Peninsula section. There are a number of parks on the north side of Bellmont Slough which offer a free place to park right along the trail. For this adventure I parked at Sea Cloud Park, in a nice shady spot as it was a fairly hot day.

This completes the peninsula section of the trail for me, so there was a little sense of accomplishment for me. I have enjoyed the hike, although I do prefer to have more rugged trails and less ‘city’ surrounding my hikes. I think the trail caters better to bikers as you can travel a much longer distance and on most of it even use a road bike with skinny tires.

After you travel southwest along Bellmont Slough you cross a bridge and begin to head eastward along Oracle and some other tech offices. You enter the park east of Oracle which is very nice lawn on one side and the slough on the other. Numerous picnic tables and a bathroom are here, and pretty much the only opportunities for shade on the hike I took.

I deviated from the trail proper and took a nice single track trail that runs right on a levee through the middle of the slough and continued on along some new housing developments out further east toward the bay. I passed by a large parcel fenced off with signs for protection of the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse and the California clapper rail. The trail here was nice but I found myself wishing I could be without the construction noises all along the final section. Eventually I started feeling pretty sunburnt and took a yet unnamed (according to Google Maps) road back to meet up with the trail I’d taken in.

Of all the peninsula sections of the Bay Trail, this one puts you up against the bay the least. In fact I could only see it off in the distance. But the slough(s) that you walk along are nice enough that I enjoyed the hike.

Photos from SF Bay Trail at Redwood Shores(click to enlarge)

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Directions to Sea Cloud Park for SF Bay Trail – Redwood Shores


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Weather at Redwood City (just west)

Written on June 21st, 2011 in Hiking, The Whole Thing
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