The Coyote Hills at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, April 13, 2014 A new location for PARC's Monthly Trail Run, the Coyote Hills. Visible just across the Bay from PA, the trail head parking is an easy 20 minute Dumbarton Bridge drive. The routes take us out into the East Bay levee system and then up into the hills for a bit of a fartlek style run. 

The variety (not all flat, not all hilly) and the expansive views seem to pull one along to the next junction and many find this to be an ideal place to tune speed and endurance. We'll be running alongside salt water wetlands and fresh water marsh, so there should be lots of wildlife to check out. 

Don Edwards, the nation's first urban National Wildlife Refuge features 30,000 acres of open bay, salt pond, salt marsh, mudflat, upland, and vernal pool habitats.

Meet at 8:20am for an 8:30am start for routes of either 7.25 or 11.25 miles. Very modest elevation gain on this months routes.

Carpooling is encouraged: carpools depart at 7:50am from the parking lot at the end of Geng Road just off 101 at Embarcadero. Pls arrive 10 minutes earlier (7:40am) so that we can organize the rides. Here are gMaps directions to the trail head parking lot from Geng Road: http://goo.gl/maps/ueVVV

Where  2 Marshlands Rd., Fremont. (37.5320, -122.0727). There is no parking or access fee. Dogs (on leash) are only permitted on some trails.

Driving directions:

  • Take 84 East  across the Dumbarton Bridge
  • Take the first exit after the Toll PlazaThornton Ave/Paseo Padre Pkwy exit.
  • Turn right onto Thornton Ave
  •  After 0.6 miles, turn right onto Marshlands Rd.
  •   After 0.5 miles, turn left at the stop sign into the S.F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge parking lot.  (large, paved lot)

These are remote trail runs and so each runner is encouraged to carry at least one water bottle. Water is available nearby the start at the Don Edwards Visitor Center and at the Coyote Hills Visitor Center (approx. 8 miles)

We encourage runners of approximately the same ability and ambition form groups and be accountable for group members.

There will be a runners' potluck after the run, so please bring a healthy drink or snack to share.

Trail Map (click map for hi-res version)

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