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To reach the trailhead by car from San Francisco, take the Bay Bridge to Interstate 80 East. From I-80 take the University Avenue Exit toward Berkeley. Continue on University for 2 miles. Turn left on Martin Luther King, Jr., Way. Continue 2 blocks to Hearst Avenue. The trailhead is located at the entrance to Ohlone Park on the northwest corner of Martin Luther King, Jr., Way and Hearst Street. Park on the street.
If you prefer to use public transportation, the Ohlone Greenway can be accessed from the North Berkeley, El Cerrito Plaza and El Cerrito del Norte BART stations, but be careful to learn about BART regulations if you're bringing your bike.
This is one of the best trails to roller skate in the Berkeley area, but lord if it isn’t tough the first half of the trail before you get to Albany—the pavement leaves a LOT to be desired, particularly by the westbrae nursery, and there’s ADA bumps/crosswalks every few hundred feet. However, I’ve found the last 3 miles or so are good for roller skating if you can endure the first part, and it’s easy to skate over/around the ADA bumps in the road.
The start of the trail in Berkeley leaves much to be desired. A clean up and improvements to update the trail for overall safety and as a community attraction is needed. Better signage should be mandatory. Almost gave this trail a 3 star rating but soon as you are in the Albany/El Cerrito areas the environment is different in a very good way - well maintained, clean, no vagrants ( I rode the trail midday on a Sunday) , used by pedestrians & cyclists. Evidently enjoyed by the community. Being right next to BART is a plus - helpful for commuters and cyclists wanting to explore other areas.
I've tried skating this trail a few times but the trail crosses a street every few hundred feet. It is difficult to cross the streets because the trail changes from a asphalt to bumpy material that can throw you off balance and make you fall.
The majority of this trail is under the elevated BART Tracks in Albany and El Cerrito. It is a great route for commuting since it goes through so many neighborhoods and its relative length. The trail has beautiful landscaping for the most part. You wont find sweeping bay views that you find on the Bay trail for example. In most places there are seperate paths for bicycles and pedestrians.
In the City of Berkeley, the right of way has a few gaps and it is necessary to ride on streets, particularly near North Berkeley BART.
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