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Albertson Parkway

0.5 miles
The Albertson Parkway is located in South San Jose, just steps away from the sprawling Santa Teresa County Park, which features preserved land and unpaved trails in the rolling Santa Teresa Hills. The short paved trail opened for use in 2009, ...
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Alexander Zuckermann Bicycle-Pedestrian Path (Bay Bridge Trail)

4.1 miles
The Alexander Zuckermann Bicycle-Pedestrian Path, also known as the Bay Bridge Trail, spans the south side of the bridge, offering beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay. It’s named for the founder of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, who passed ...
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Alum Rock Park Trail

2.4 miles
Nestled between Alum Rock Canyon and the Mt. Diablo foothills, Alum Rock Park west of San Jose is California's oldest city park. From the early to mid-1900s it was a popular resort and spa, complete with an indoor swimming pool, mineral baths ...
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Aquatic Park Trail

2 miles
The Aquatic Park Trail travels along a hairpin-shaped route through Aquatic Park and around a small lake narrowly separated from the bay. The trail runs parallel to, and across the road from, the San Francisco Bay Trail Emeryville to Richmond ...
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Arroyo Mocho Trail

12.9 miles
The Arroyo Mocho Trail is a part of a network of multi-use trails in Livermore and which also links with the city of Pleasanton. The trail provides access to neighborhoods, schools, numerous parks, the business district and municipal facilities. ...
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Barberry Walkway

0.5 miles
The Barberry Walkway runs parallel to Barberry Lane between Corda Drive near Meadowfair Park and Dina Lane. There are plans to extend the walkway along the outskirts of the park to Quimby Road.
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Beach Range Road Multi-Use Trail

4 miles
The Beach Range Road Multi-Use Trail runs parallel to Highway 1 along the Pacific Coast, offering a safe alternative for commuters in Sand City, Seaside and Marina, and for students attending the California State University of Monterey Bay (CSUMB). ...
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Black Diamond Railroad Trail

0.8 miles
The Black Diamond Railroad Trail is within the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, a splendid place to visit with a fascinating and unique history. From the 1850s to the early 1900s, the region was the site of the largest coal mining operation ...
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Bol Park Bike Path

1.25 miles
The Bol Park Bike Path is a charmer that threads through a peaceful neighborhood in the hills south of San Francisco. At its heart is Bol Park, a strip of playground and lawn laid alongside Matadero Creek. DIFFICULTY: Easy FOOD: No food ...
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Calero Creek Trail

1.9 miles
The Calero Creek Trail runs between Singer Park and Santa Teresa County Park. The trail is paved between Los Alamitos Creek and Harry Road (0.7 mile) and has a gravel surface between Harry Road and the Stile Ranch Trail (1.2 miles) at Santa ...
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Centennial Way Trail

2.85 miles
The Centennial Way Trail follows the path of the BART line between San Bruno station and South San Francisco station. The BART, of course, runs underground while the trail doesn't. The 10-foot-wide trail is paved with asphalt and has 2-foot ...
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Central California Traction Line

27.5 miles
From Central Valley Rails to Trails Foundation website: The proposed trail will provide a safe location for hiking, biking, and equestrian travel, and will provide access to numerous planned and existing trails and parks in both Sacramento ...

Contra Costa Canal Trail

13.8 miles
The Contra Costa Canal Trail forms a horseshoe shape route, traversing through the urban and neighborhood landscape of Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and Concord. The trail follows the canal of the same name, passing through several parks ...
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Coyote Creek Trail (San Jose)

22.1 miles
For most of its length, the scenic Coyote Creek Trail meanders along its namesake creek south of the city of San Jose. South of Metcalf Road, an equestrian trail parallels the paved trail. A smaller northern section (2.3 miles) near Milpitas ...
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Crushed Stone

Crocker Park Recreational Trail

2.5 miles
The Crocker Park Recreational Trail loops around Crocker Park businesses in the town of Brisbane. The 2.5-mile, gravel trail begins and ends on Park Lane across from the dog park, although you can pick up the trail at any place where it crosses ...
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Crushed Stone

Crystal Springs Reservoir Trail

13 miles
Note: Crystal Springs Dam crossing is closed for reconstruction. Access is from the north via the Black Mountain/Hayne Exit off I-280, west to "T" intersection, turn left (south) on the frontage road, approximately 1 mile to park. The Crystal ...
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Delta de Anza Regional Trail

15 miles
The Delta de Anza Regional Trail is 15 miles long, running between Willow Pass Road at Route 4 near Concord and Main Street (Rt. 4) at E. Cypress Road in Oakley. The eastern end in Oakley intersects Marsh Creek Trail. The trail also intersects ...
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Devil's Slide Trail

1.2 miles
This innovative road-to-trail project opened for public use in March 2014.  The trail, which features stunning Pacific Ocean views, makes use of a former portion of California Highway 1, which was re-routed here through a pair of tunnels.  The ...
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East Bay Greenway

12 miles
The East Bay Greenway is a proposed 12-mile long, $30-35 million rail-with-trail project that will service Oakland, San Leandro, Alameda County and Hayward. This project will partially be funded by a $10.2 million TIGER II federal grant, awarded ...

Evergreen Creek Trail

1.2 miles
The Evergreen Creek Trail follows its namesake creek between San Felipe Road and Yerba Buena Road. To the north of the gravel trail is suburbia (with a row of trees separating the trail from the houses; to the south is open space, a.k.a. Montgomery ...
Gravel

Fremont UPRR Trail

9 miles
The partially abandoned UP tracks through Fremont offer an outstanding opportunity for an urban trail that has multiple connections to other planned and completed trails and the on street bike network. The extension of BART into the area also ...

Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach

6.8 miles
The paths in Golden Gate Park and along Ocean Beach provide a retreat from urban San Francisco and an important part of the growing bike network. There are other paths that meander through the park and provide good walking loops. The trail passes ...
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Guadalupe River Trail

11 miles
The northern segment of the Guadalupe River Trail runs from the Bay in Alviso beneath most roadways, including under SR 237, US Highway 101 and I-880, as it makes its way past San Jose Airport, past the Shark Tank (San Jose Pavilion) and through ...
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Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail

3.5 miles
Half Moon Bay State Park's Coastside Trail runs parallel to the Pacific Coast along what used to be the Ocean Shore Railroad. The railroad itself was in operation for just 14 years before it was driven out of business in the early 1920s by the ...
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Highway 237 Bikeway

5 miles
The Highway 237 Bikeway parallels State Route 237 between McCarthy Boulevard in Milpitas to the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail in Santa Clara. The trail runs in two main segments on the south side of Highway 237: (1) between McCarthy Blvd and ...
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Highway 87 Bikeway

4.1 miles
The Highway 87 Bikeway follows Route 87 between Willow Street in the north and Santa Teresa Boulevard at W. Valley Freeway (Route 85) in the south. Basically, the trail forms the missing link between the two segments of the Guadelupe River Trail. ...
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Iron Horse Regional Trail

27.2 miles
The area surrounding the Iron Horse Regional Trail has an important history as part of the San Ramon Valley's agricultural and ranching past. Today, the Iron Horse Trail connects two counties and twelve cities. It runs through quiet residential ...
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Isabel Avenue Trail

3.2 miles
The Isabel Avenue Trail provides a N-S corridor on the western boundary of the city of Livermore. This trail primarily services adjacent neighborhoods on the eastern side of the Isabel Ave/Kitty Hawk Drive. This trail also connects to the Arroyo ...
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Joe's Trail at Saratoga De Anza

1.4 miles
Joe's Trail at Saratoga de Anza parallels the south side of the active railroad tracks that travel through a residential area of Saratoga, a California community just south of the San Francisco Bay. The trail is part of the Juan Bautista de ...
Crushed Stone

Lafayette/Moraga Regional Trail

7.6 miles
The Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail, a 7.65-mile linear park, parallels St. Mary's Road through Lafayette and Moraga. It is intended for hiking, bicycling, and equestrian use. Coursing through the Moraga Valley, connecting Las Trampas Ridge ...
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Lake Merritt Trail

3.1 miles
Oakland’s Lake Merritt Trail closely follows the lake’s shoreline for a pleasant, paved trip with beautiful views and connections to several parks and attractions right in the heart of the city. The lake, named after a former Oakland mayor from ...
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Lands End Trail

2 miles
Riding high on the cliffs at North America's western edge, this San Francisco-area trail offers unbeatable views of Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco Bay. Add to that a chance to see old shipwrecks, historical monuments, ...
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Loma Prieta Railroad Grade

5.5 miles
This extremely scenic rail-trail is located in the majestic Forest of Nisene Marks State Park near Aptos, California. The park was the site of major logging operations by the Loma Prieta Lumber Company from 1883 until 1923. In the 1950s, Herman, ...
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Los Alamitos Creek Trail

4.7 miles
The Los Alamitos Creek Trail runs along its namesake creek between Los Alamitos Park and Almaden Lake Park. Between McKean Road and Camden Avenue at Singer Park, the trail runs along both sides of the creek. It passes through a series of parks ...
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Los Gatos Creek Trail

11.2 miles
It is difficult to travel through suburban Santa Clara County for more than a few minutes without noticing an abundance of cyclists and runners in the area. If you are strolling to downtown Los Gatos, chances are that the biker whizzing by you ...
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Lower Silver Creek Trail (North)

1.05 miles
Lower Silver Creek Trail, North, runs in a nearly straight line between Ocala Avenue and Abed Court. Between Foxdale Drive and Logsden Way there's a short (about 0.25) on-street connection. There are plans to extend the trail south from Ocala ...
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Lower Silver Creek Trail (Umbarger Walkway)

0.6 miles
The Lower Silver Creek Trail is also known as the Umbarger Walkway, which parallels Umbarger Road for just over a half mile between Plumas Drive and Tuers Road in a narrow strip of greenspace surrounded by suburbia.
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Manteca Tidewater Bikeway

3.4 miles
The Manteca Tidewater Bikeway is a multiuse trail running north to south through the city of Manteca, California. The flat, asphalt corridor is up to 100 feet wide in places and is popular with bikers, inline skaters and walkers. There is also ...
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Marin County North-South Bicycle Freeway

25 miles
From Marin County Bicycle Coalition website: When completed, the North-South Greenway will provide an environmentally sound transportation route that will be a model for the nation for alternative transportation and the reduction of greenhouse ...

Marsh Creek Trail

8.5 miles
Marsh Creek Trail follows the sinuous course of Marsh Creek through the outskirts of suburbia and among the rich farmland of Contra Costa County. The 8.5-mile paved extends between Concord Road in Brentwood and Big Break Lake, where the trail ...
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Matadero Creek Trail

1.5 miles
The Matadero Creek Trail offers beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay and Santa Cruz Mountains as it winds its way through gently rolling hills and rural countryside. The paved northern half of the trail, from Foothill Expressway to Deer ...
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Mill Valley-Sausalito Multi-purpose Path

3.5 miles
Mill Valley–Sausalito Multi-purpose Path is a convenient connection between neighborhoods, schools, shopping, restaurants and a skate park. There is also an adjacent dog park: Mill Valley. Between the skate and dog parks, on a nice day there ...
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Mission Creek Bikeway And Greenbelt

1.5 miles
From Mission Creek Bikeway and Greenbelt website: The Mission Creek Bikeway will begin at 16th and Harrison Streets, winding around the nose of Potrero Hill, crossing 7th Street and the Caltrain tracks, continuing along the south side of ...

Modesto Virginia Corridor (Project Overview)

3.95 miles
From the City of Modesto Web site: Phase III of the Virginia Corridor Trailway project is currently under construction. This phase of the trail begins at College Avenue, north to Roseburg; and from Orangeburg to Granger Avenue. This will ...

Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail (project overview)

300 miles
From www.mc2ct.org: The Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail (MCCT) will be a scenic, 300-mile non-motorized, multi-use trail extending from the Pacific Ocean near San Francisco Bay to the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Users, including hikers, ...

Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail (Santa Cruz Coastal Rail Trail)

32 miles
In early 2011, Santa Cruz County was approved funding from the California Transportation Commission to purchase the 31-mile corridor from Union Pacific linking Watsonville and Davenport. This new ownership will give the county the ability to ...

Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail (Monterey Bay Coastal Trail)

18 miles
Winding along the Pacific coast, the Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail (a.k.a. the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail and Monterey Bay Coastal Bike Trail) offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and a great way to tour the city while enjoying ...
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Montgomery Hill Trail

0.4 miles
The Montgomery Hill Trail is a short dirt trail traversing Montgomery Hill Park, an undeveloped green space in San Jose. The trail offers nice views of the surrounding area and links Yerba Buena Creek Trail with Evergreen Creek Trail.
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Nimitz Way

4.1 miles
Nimitz Way in Tilden Regional Park follows the ridge between Wildcat Creek and the San Pablo Reservoir on the northern outskirts of Berkeley. The paved 4-mile trail utilizes an access road to a missile base that was decommissioned in the 1970s. ...
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Ohlone Greenway

5.3 miles
Named for the Ohlone Indians who once lived in the area, this trail doubles as a commuting corridor and a recreation destination for the cities of Berkeley, Albany and El Cerrito. While the Ohlone Greenway is certainly an urban trail, it weaves ...
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Ohlone Loop Trail

3 miles
The Ohlone Loop Trail offers a birder's paradise in a wetland area of Watsonville on California's central coast. Its location, bordering a residential area, provides easy access for residents to experience the natural habitats of the Struve ...
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PG&E Greenbelt

1.5 miles
This path dissects Weston Ranch diagonally in between French Camp Road and the San Joaquin River. It ends on the opposite side of Van Buskirk Municipal Park along the banks of the river. Due to its location in a residential neighborhood, there ...
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Pacific Grove Southern Pacific Railroad Trail

1.9 miles
The Southern Pacific Railroad Right of Way passes through residential neighborhoods on the west side of Pacific Grove, providing a nice walking and biking spot for residents and visiting tourists to the area. The trail is still owned by the ...
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Woodchips

Penitencia Creek Trail

2.8 miles
The Penitencia Creek Trail follows its namesake creek through a suburban greenbelt in northeast San José. On the northeastern end, the trail passes by a series of percolation ponds, and you can take a side trip along dirt paths around them. ...
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Quarry Lakes Recreational Area

5.38 miles
Quarry Lakes Recreational Area provides users with a wide variety of recreational activities. In addition to its several miles of biking and walking paths, the park also features boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking and beach sports. Dog walkers ...
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Richmond Greenway

2 miles
Beginning in 1904, the Atchison-Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad (AT&SF) carried freight through the city of Richmond, reaching its height during World War II when Richmond became a national leader of wartime industry and the woman's labor movement. ...
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SMART Pathway

70 miles
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) commuter rail line and parallel pathway will stretch 70 miles between Cloverdale and Larkspur. This dual transportation system will connect 14 train stations and 10 cities across two counties, Sonoma ...
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Sabercat Creek Trail

2 miles
The Sabercat Creek Trail can be found along its tree-lined namesake waterway in the Mission San Jose community of Fremont, a coastal California city off the San Francisco Bay. The 2-mile paved pathway runs through a former archaeological dig ...
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San Francisco Bay Trail (Airport to Hunters Point)

11 miles
The Airport to Hunters Point section of the San Francisco Bay Trail (SFBT) stretches from San Francisco International Airport in the south to India Basin in the north. The trail is in a few disconnected segments and there are plans to bridge ...
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San Francisco Bay Trail (Alameda, Oakland, Hayward Shoreline)

31 miles
The Alameda Oakwood section of the San Francisco Bay Trail (SFBT) consists of several short segments, many of which are linked by on-road bike lanes. The route starts at Swan Way and Doolittle Drive just north of Oakland Airport. There are two ...
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San Francisco Bay Trail (Carquinez Strait, Vallejo, Napa River)

25.7 miles
The San Francisco Bay Trail runs through nearly 50 cities in nine counties and will one day encompass 500 miles. This section of the trail network totals 25 miles in the communities of Vallejo, Benicia, Crockett, Martinez, American Canyon, Port ...
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San Francisco Bay Trail (Coyote Hills, Alameda Creek, Fremont)

25.5 miles
Part of the Fremont section of the San Francisco Bay Trail (SFBT) runs inland along city streets through neighborhoods and industrial areas without much of a view of the bay. The exception is a small segment along Fremont Boulevard in Fremont—Coyote ...
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San Francisco Bay Trail (Dumbarton Bridge to Bayfront Park)

33.5 miles
The Dunbarton Bridge to Bayfront Park section of the San Francisco Bay Trail (SFBT) consists of several disconnected segments. Plans to connect them are in the works and will result in more than 30 continuous miles of trail, stretching from ...
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San Francisco Bay Trail (East Palo Alto to San Jose)

22.5 miles
The East Palo Alto to San Jose section of the San Francisco Bay Trail (SFBT) begins at the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve and meanders through the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve and the Lucy Evans Nature Interpretive Center. From here the ...
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San Francisco Bay Trail (Emeryville to Richmond)

27 miles
The Emeryville to Richmond section of the San Francisco Bay Trail forms a nearly unbroken path between San Pablo and Emeryville. The trail links to numerous parks along the bay, including throughout Richmond's southern shoreline, connecting ...
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San Francisco Bay Trail (Pinole, Hercules) Extension

1.5 miles
This project will connect the three isolated segments of trail that are already complete in the area to form a continuous trail along the Bay alongside the active UP and Amtrak rail lines. The project to connect the Pinole Shores to Bayfront ...

San Francisco Embarcadero

5.8 miles
The San Francisco Embarcadero follows the path of the old State Belt Railroad, which transferred cargo from ships to main line railroads and cars onto ferries for trips across the bay. The tracks were extended through a tunnel under Fort Mason ...
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San Joaquin River Trail

2.7 miles
This trail along the San Joaquin River and French Camp levees gives access to the riparian areas south of Stockton from the Weston Ranch neighborhoods. It connects to the PG&E Greenbelt for a potential loop. There is limited access to the trail ...
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San Lorenzo Riverway Trail

3.7 miles
The San Lorenzo Riverway Trail follows both sides of the river through downtown Santa Cruz, a California beach town on the shores of Monterey Bay. Multiple pedestrian bridges, including a former railroad trestle, allow easy access to the amenities ...
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San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail

5.1 miles
San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail, a spur off the larger San Francisco Bay Trail, offers a paved route running 5 miles from Santa Clara to the small community of Alviso on the southern end of the San Francisco Bay. At its north end, a connecting ...
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Saratoga Creek Trail

1.5 miles
Saratoga Creek Trail follows the winding course of the creek between just south of I-280 (Junipero Serra Freeway) and Saratoga Creek Park. The trail parallels the Lawrence Expressway/County Route G2 through a strip of greenway, passing through ...
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Shepherd Canyon Trail (Montclair Railroad Trail)

1.4 miles
Tucked in the quiet Oakland hills neighborhood of Montclair, the Shepherd Canyon Trail (a.k.a. Montclair Railroad Trail) is a popular community rail-trail that has come to symbolize the power of community activism. The rail right-of-way, which ...
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Silver Creek Valley Trail

4 miles
Silver Creek Valley Trail follows its namesake creek and paralleling Silver Creek Valley Road. The passes through a country club neighborhood and through open space over a steep hill. The trail offers nice views of the creek and hillsides, branching ...
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Stevens Creek Trail

4.8 miles
The trail in Mountain View extends south from its connection to the Bay Trail in Shoreline park, past La Avenida trailhead, under Highway 101, past Whisman School and Park, under Middlefield Rd., past Creekside Park, under Hwy 85, over Central ...
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Sweeney Ridge Trails

3.9 miles
This system of trails is located in beautiful Sweeney Ridge, a prime bicycling and hiking area in San Mateo county. From the trailhead in the Crestmoor neighborhood of San Bruno, a paved path ascends two miles to the top of the ridge, gaining ...
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Three Creeks Trail

3 miles
The Three Creeks Trail will provide a critical link between the Los Gatos Creek Trail, Guadalupe River Trail, and Coyote Creek Trail through urban San Jose. The City is currently purchasing the western portion of the corridor which will connect ...

Tiburon Historical Trail

2.6 miles
If you're looking for a gentle rail-trail in Marin County that offers stunning views of both San Francisco Bay and Mt. Tamalpais, the Tiburon Historical Trail is for you. Known alternately as the Tiburon Bike Path and Tiburon Linear Park, the ...
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Upper Silver Creek Trail

0.9 miles
The Upper Silver Creek Trail courses through Silver Creek Linear Park, offering a nice play area and picnicking at the southern end and tennis courts and a basketball court at the northern end. Although the trail is short, it heads up hill from ...
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Upper Struve Slough Trail

2.5 miles
The Upper Struve Slough Trail is part of a network of trails running through Watsonville's wetlands, offering a natural, outdoor experience and birding hotspot right in the heart of an urban area. The trail begins on the north side of Main Street ...
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Watsonville Slough Trail

2.8 miles
The Watsonville Slough Trail follows its namesake waterway through a residential area of the city. It's part of a system of trails in a wetland area abundant with birds; you might see ducks, cormorants, pelicans, herons, egrets, hawks or many ...
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West Cliff Drive Bicycle Path

3.4 miles
The West Cliff Drive Bicycle Path is just over 3 miles long, but, with its gorgeous backdrop of ocean waves and dramatic cliffs, you'll wish it was longer. The fairly flat, paved trail winds its way along the southern coastline of Santa Cruz. ...
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Yerba Buena Creek Trail

0.7 miles
The Yerba Buena Creek Trail follows its namesake creek through Evergreen Park behind the community center, paralleling Yerba Buena Road and Park Estates Way.
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