Isabel Regional Shoreline,
East Bay Regional Park District,
Contra Costa County
3.2 mile partial loop on paved trails in an area very popular with dog walkers.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 3.2 mile out and back hike is as easy as it gets. Trailhead elevation is about 16 feet, and none of the trails in the area are higher than about 25 feet.
Paved sidewalk-like trails.
Nice all year.
From Interstate 580 in Contra Costa County, exit Central Avenue (this is exit 12, the first 580 exit north of the 80 split). Drive west one block, then turn right onto Rydin Road. Drive to the parking lot at the end of the road.
Get driving or public transit directions from Transit and Trails:
GPS Coordinates* for Trailhead:
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
Gas, food, and lodging:
There are no gas stations, pay phones, restaurants, and stores in the area; head to nearby Richmond or El Cerrito for services.
No entrance or parking fees. Lots of parking in 2 lots, and more street parking nearby. There are designated handicapped parking spots, and wheelchair-accessible portable toilets. Trails are unobstructed, and while not technically all-access (there are no bumpers), the main trail is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Drinking water and maps near the information signboard. Keep in mind that the shoreline and Bay Trail are part of an urban landscape. Although Point Isabel is very popular and often teaming with visitors, the Bay Trail is a bit lonely during off-hours. You may not want to walk alone here. AC Transit bus #43 services the park: visit the Transit Info website for more details.
No bicycles on the main trail at Point Isabel, but bikes are permitted on the adjacent Bay Trail. Horses are permitted, but exceptionally unlikely. Dogs are welcome, off leash at Point Isabel, and on leash on the Bay Trail. The park is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Official Story:
EBRPD's Point Isabel page
EBRPD headquarters 510-562-PARK
EBRPD's Point Isabel brochure (pdf)
Use AAA's San Francisco Bay Region map to get there.
Map from EBRPD
Map from Bay Trail
Point Isabel and Bay Trail in a nutshell -- a printable, text-only guide to the featured hike.
aren't any substantial hiking choices at Point Isabel, but the park is
an important and
scenic open space, particularly for dog owners. The 21-acre landscaped
park permits dogs to run off-leash, while humans can admire the sweeping
views across the bay to San Francisco, Mount Tamalpais, and Angel Island.
Point Isabel, and the adjacent Bay Trail, offer flat paved trails suitable
for wheelchairs and strollers. With easy parking, picnic tables, and restrooms,
families with very young or old folks and a couple of dogs may want to
make this a regular east bay outdoor destination. The joyful yelps of
romping dogs and the pretty views are mitigated by the ugly U.S. Postal
Service Bulk Mail Center, which sprawls along the southern and western
section of the shoreline. Still, if you
live nearby, Point Isabel is convenient and dog- friendly. The Point Isabel
Dog Owners group does a wonderful job of keeping the shoreline stocked
with bags for dog waste, and dog owners do their part, resulting in a
clean and happy off-leash area.