Description - Alameda Creek Regional Trail follows the banks of Alameda Creek in southern Alameda County from the mouth of Niles Canyon (in the Niles District of Fremont) westward to San Francisco Bay - a distance of 12 miles.
Alameda Creek is Alameda County`s largest, and is home to a host of birds and other wildlife. Long ago its rushing waters provided a valuable resource for the Ohlone Indians who first settled in camps and villages along its banks.
The Alameda Creek Trail opened in January 1973. The project was funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and the East Bay Regional Park District.
- The trail on the south bank provides access to Coyote Hills Regional Park. An additional 3.5-mile loop trail making the run west from Niles Canyon along the trail, through Coyote Hills and back again, qualifies in distance for marathon runs. For those who want to clock shorter distances along the trail, markers have been installed at quarter mile intervals.
The south side trail is suggested for bicyclers, hikers, joggers and runners. The north side trail is designed for horseback riding as well. There is no direct access to Coyote Hills Regional Park from the north side of the creek. Households along the trail do have access from backyards. PLEASE RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY. Bicyclists must wear a helmet and bicycles must be equipped with a bell to warn other trail users as you approach from behind.
MILEAGE - North side equestrian trail, cumulative miles measured west from Old Canyon Road entrance to:
L St., Fremont - Niles District, 0.8 mi.
Concrete 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.
New Haven 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.
MILEAGE - South side bicycling, hiking trail, cumulative miles measures west from Old Canyon Road entrance to:
Kaiser Ponds, 1.4 mi.
Concrete 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.
MOTOR VEHICLES ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE TRAIL. Trail is open open between 5 AM and 10 PM.
Climate - Climate in the San Francisco Bay area varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.
Alameda Creek Trail is accessible from several thoroughfares in the Fremont, Union City and Newark areas. MOTOR VEHICLES ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE TRAIL.