Alameda Creek

Regional Trail

brochure Alameda Creek - Regional Trail

Brochure about Alameda Creek Regional Trail, part of East Bay Regional Park District. Published by East Bay Regional Park District.

A Double Trail Miles long: 11/12.4 miles Year opened: 1973 Highlights: The trail is adjacent to Alameda Creek and provides access to Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area, Coyote Hills Regional Park, and Don Edwards S.F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Did you know? Shinn Pond, the first gravel pit in California, provided gravel to build the UC Berkeley stadium – 75 rail carloads for the first order! THE TRAIL TODAY Alameda Creek Regional Trail follows the banks of Alameda Creek from the mouth of Niles Canyon westward to San Francisco Bay – 11 miles in length on the southern, paved side, and 12.4 miles on the northern, unpaved side. The trail on the south bank provides access to Coyote Hills Regional Park. Making the run west from Niles Canyon along the south-side trail through an additional 3.5-mile loop trail in Coyote Hills and back again qualifies in distance for marathon runs. The trail is accessible from several roadways in the Fremont, Union City, and Newark areas. MOTOR VEHICLES ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE TRAIL. The paved, south-side trail is suggested for bicyclists, hikers, joggers, and runners. The unpaved north-side trail is designed for horseback riding. There is no direct access to Coyote Hills Regional Park from the north-side trail. PLEASE RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY of households along the trail. Bicyclists under age 18 must wear an approved helmet, and all other bicyclists and all equestrians are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet. Riders should call out or sound a warning when overtaking other trail users. HISTORY The Ohlone-speaking Tuibun tribe thrived for many generations in the place now known as the Fremont Plain. Some Tuibun married nearby Causens (also known as Patlans), a tribe or single village in the present-day Sunol Valley. The arrival of the Spanish Fages expedition in POLICE, FIRE, MEDICAL EMERGENCY................9-1-1 PARK POLICE (evenings/weekends)......(510) 881-1833 ALAMEDA CREEK TRAIL OFFICE.................................. .................................. 1-888-327-2757, option 1, ext. 4501 QUARRY LAKES REGIONAL REC. AREA OFFICE ...........................1-888-888-327-2757, option 1, ext. 4552 EBRPD HEADQUARTERS..................... 1-888-327-2757 TRS RELAY FOR HEARING IMPAIRED............ 7-1-1 1772 signaled a time of great disruption for the Tuibun and their neighbors. In 1775 a Spanish survey party noted “paths everywhere crossing the [Alameda Creek] estuary, most of them heading into the mountains.” In 1776 the de Anza expedition passed through on its way to establish Mission Dolores in San Francisco, mapping the nearby Coyote Hills before they left. By 1803 and 1804 the Tuibun entered nearby Mission San Jose de Guadalupe, which was dedicated in 1797. In 1846 under Mexican governance of Alta California, a Secularization Order liquidated mission lands. Although the Spanish had promised to return these lands to Native people, by 1858 they became part of public domain, with the Tuibun and their neighbors working as laborers on large Mexican land grants, including the 17,000-acre Rancho Arroyo de la Alameda granted to Jose de Jesus Vallejo, who built a flour mill near the mouth of Niles Canyon. The mill and the importance of the canyon as a transportation route led to growth of Niles in the 1850s, after California became a state. Agriculture supported the now fast-growing population. Early roads led to landings where small ships loaded grain and other foodstuffs for transport to market. Completion of the transcontinental Central Pacific Railroad through Niles Canyon in 1869, and the Western Pacific in 1906, expanded the shipment of goods. Movie-making briefly came to the Niles District during World War I with the Essanay production studio, featuring Charlie Chaplin, Gilbert M. “Broncho Billy” Anderson, the first film-hero cowboy, and others. Quarrying for gravel began early, with gravel taken from today’s Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area used in the construction of the transcontinental railroad. Directly west of Quarry Lake’s entrance gate, you can see a small segment of Alameda Creek enveloped in the type of streamside vegetation that once existed along the entire watershed, Alameda County’s largest. At nearby Coyote Hills Regional Park you can participate in programs with and about area Ohlones. Phone (510) 544-3220 or visit www.ebparks.org to learn more about these programs, including an opportunity to visit a more than 2,000-year-old Tuibun village site. WELCOME! Please enjoy our Regional Parks safely, and help us protect and preserve your parklands by complying with park rules and regulations. SAFETY and ETIQUETTE • Stay on trails. Taking shortcuts can be dangerous and causes erosion. • Wading and /or swimming in undesignated areas may be dangerous and may harm the watershed. • Carry and drink plenty of water. Dehydration is a leading cause of injuries on the trail. • Be prepared for sudden changes in weather conditions. • Trails can be slippery, rocky and steep. Proceed care fully at your own risk. • Wildlife may be present on the trails at any time. Feeding or approaching wildlife is dangerous and illegal. • Bicycles are permitted on designated trails only. Horses have the right-of-way on trails. • Keep the parks beautiful. Pack out what you pack in. RULES • Dogs must be leashed 200 feet from any trail or park entrance. Dogss must be leashed in parking lots, picnic areas, developed areas such as lawns and play fields, and on some trails. They must be under voice control at all times. Dogs must be leashed (sixfoot maximum) and under control at all times on the SOUTH SIDE (paved side) of the Alameda Creek Trail. • Dogs must be under control at all times on the NORTH SIDE (unpaved side) of the trail (including Shinn Pond). • Bicycles must yield to pedestrians. Speed limit is 15 mph. • HORSES must stay on the NORTH SIDE (unpaved side) of the trail and on designated trails at all times. Alameda Creek Regional Trail Fremont, Union City Akio Higuchi Visitors are responsible for knowing and complying with park rules (Ordinance 38). S ee www.ebparks.org/ rules. Jerry Ting East Bay Regional Park District 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605-0381 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757) www.ebparks.org Rev. 2 /18 COYOTE HILLS REGIONAL PARK Separate map available. RD. NE W AR 84 Refuge Visitor Center and Headquarters AN YO N RD. L ES DE COTO AV. TH OR NT ON AV. PASEO PADRE MO WR Y CLAWIT ER RD. JAC KS ST. ON PK TR W IAL Y. QUARRY LAKES BL VD . FREMONT NURSERY AV. S LE Quarry Lakes entry points PERA LTA 84 PA S EO .24 NI .22 I ST . MODEL MARINERS Model boat club facility; restricted use. . BLVD FREMONT Paved hiking and biking trail, south side– Cumulative miles measured west from Old Canyon Road entrance to: Kaiser Ponds ........................................................1.4 mi. Sequoia Bridge/end of Thornton .....................2.6 mi. Isherwood Way ...................................................3.5 mi. Decoto Road........................................................4.3 mi. End of Beard Road..............................................5.4 mi. I-880 (Nimitz Freeway)......................................6.1 mi. Alavarado Blvd. ....................................................6.4 mi. Newark Blvd.........................................................7.8 mi. Sign at base of hill leading to Coyote Hills.....9.7 mi. San Francisco Bay............................................. 12.0 mi. SHINN HIST. PARK PA D RE FREMONT BART STATION 238 . AV . VD BL N SO FREMONT T AV . TH OR NT ON Alam e d a 2.01 SEQUOIA BRIDGE ST NU 2.10 .60 W AL .84 2ND Cre ek AV . BROOKVALE PARK LOS CERRITOS PARK OLD Kaiser Pit A RY . H S T. Shinn Pond OW BL VD NILES COMM. PARK . RD CANYON NILES STAGING AREA M ER W W O AY OD EC QUARRY LAKES IT O REG. REC. AREA Separate map available ISHERWOOD STAGING AREA South side of trail is paved – no horses allowed on south side. Dogs must be on leash at all times. NEWARK BLVD. . K ON AV. RNT THO LANDS MARSH SE KAI R RD ISH AD RO TO CO RA NI C A NYON . RD D BE 8 DE ON RS P ATTE . RD PASEO PADRE PKWY. H NC M DR O . NT WESTRIDGE COMM. CTR. ARDENWOOD HISTORIC FARM Separate map available. .63 COMMERCE DR. TRAIL BAY ON T 1.3 l 1.12 l D FRANCISCO NO NAME TRAIL ne Chan 1.2 5 O WO ARDEN 2.72 mi. from No Name Trail to Marshlands Road. C o n tr o IEW d) BAYV (pave TRAIL Bay o cisc Refuge Fran an ldlife s S i W INE a rd REL dw nal SHO n E Natio SAN T AN R. SHINN POND BLVD . N ST Do .86 Trails subject to closure LIC PE C . . RD SHIN .68 .7 EM STABLES STAGING AREA od K BEARD STAGING AREA FR 880 3.91 Flo LAR 9 RY W LO nty OSPREY DR. QUARRY LAKES DR. S SKY NORTHGATE PARK 1.6 R 1 OA D UNION CITY S BL RD. 84 NILE AR DAVID JONES PARK NILE 06 Cou Dry HOP RANCH ROAD DOWE AV. BL VD TAMARACK DR. D .88 . da am e 1.37 Cr ee k STREET 7 1.4 HILLV IEW DR. INDUSTRIAL PKWY. SW a ed m DY ER O S F Ba y Na t ’ l W i l dl i f e Re f ug e 4 Miles FR EM REG. REC. AREA ON T BL PA . NE PA SEO WA DR R E BL. K BL. PATTERSON RANCH ROAD COYOTE HILLS REGIONAL PARK 3 RD. ALVA RAD ALV O-NIL AR ES AD RD. O BL. OD 2 ROA S T. 1. UNION CITY BLVD. Rev. 02/18 AD A R I ZONA UNION CITY BART STATION . VD BL AL VA R WILLIAM CANN PARK N ALVARADO BLVD. ARDENWOOD HISTORIC FARM ALAMEDA CREEK REG. TRAIL 1 GARIN/DRY CREEK REGIONAL PARK 238 WHIPPLE O S O SI IS NILE R ST NER . San Francisco Bay GARI N AV. IND U S Eden Landing Ecological Reserve M Paved section maintained by Union City N TENN YSO RD. ARDE N W ALVARADO HO 0 . BL ROAD 880 North HAYWARD ON SSI MI RT BA SMITH ST. Note: Mileages are marked on the Alameda Creek Trail pavement surface at half-mile intervals. Al HAYWARD REGIONAL SHORELINE DRY CREEK GARDEN & MEYERS COTTAGE RT MEMBERSHIPS The Regional Parks Foundation offers Memberships to park users. For information, see www.regionalparksfoundation.org, or call (510) 544-2220. 1 Mi. W. WINTON. . BL WHIPPLE AV. AL RI ST DU IN WHIPPLE ROAD 238 25 1/2 H AY W A R D 1. 0 a BA North Al ST. A To Garin Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park Regional Park Garin Av. Separate map available entrance BL. .27 Cree k IAN PER HES N RIA SPE HE D. BLV IN ORDER TO REDUCE OR PREVENT THE RISK OF SERIOUS HEAD INJURY OR DEATH, STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT ALL BICYCLISTS UNDER AGE 18 WEAR AN APPROVED HELMET WHILE RIDING ON TRAILS AND ROADWAYS. THE DISTRICT ALSO STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT ALL EQUESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS WEAR HELMETS AT ALL TIMES. Hiker, Horse, Bicycle Trail Hiker, Bicycle Paved Trail Hiker, Bicycle Unpaved Trail Other Agency Trail Road Stream or Creek Mileage Between Points Parking Drinking Water Restrooms Visitor Center Swimming Disabled Accessible Facility Phone Information Fishing Picnic Reservable Picnic Reservable Group Camping ST E N VE CENTRAL PARK Unpaved trail, north-side–Cumulative miles measured west from Old Canyon Road entrance to: Lake I St., Fremont-Niles District................................ .8 mi. Elizabeth Sequoia Bridge/end of Thornton .....................2.3 mi. Isherwood Way ...................................................3.1 mi. Decoto Road........................................................4.0 mi. Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City....................5.3 mi. William Cann Memorial Park, Union City.....6.0 mi. Alvarado Road, Union City...............................6.7 mi. Union City Blvd. ..................................................8.2 mi. San Francisco Bay.............................................. 12.4 mi

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