Coyote Hills

Coyote Hills is relatively close to the Berkeley home of John, with whom I’ve pedaled in San Francisco and in Santa Rosa. He agreed to accompany me. (You’d think he would have learned better by now!) We met at the Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge parking lot, where my heart momentarily sank when I realized the gates were locked. But it turned out there was suitable parking along the road, and bikes were allowed in. From there we revisited some of my 2017 route on the east side of the Bay and added quite a bit more on the levees, along the creek trail, and in Coyote Hills….

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8 response to "Coyote Hills"

  1. By: BobinVT Posted: September 6, 2020

    Another ride with some amazing and diverse scenery. Looks like the kind of terrain that’s just made for the Ogre. And nice that you got to ride with someone. I can barely remember that last time I rode with someone else.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: September 6, 2020

      Yeah, I think it’s interesting, diverse terrain all right there together, perfect for the Ogre. All bunched together: the Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge with flat single track along the Bay shore, the stub of the old bridge going out to the fishing pier, the unusual levee trails surrounding the old salt ponds, the flat Alameda Creek Trail, and Coyote Hills Regional Park. Too bad under the best conditions it’s a 90 minute drive for me.

      I’ve been fastidious about social distancing, mask, etc. Haven’t hiked or biked with anyone. Hardly been out of the house except for solo rides. My ace support crew tells me I was born for self-isolation. Unlike hiking (too much bunching up), I decided pedaling would be okay if we drove separately to the trailhead. I think it worked out. Now I need to get Jeff out if he ever finishes building his gazebo.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 6, 2020

    Great ride, and good to see John again.
    It looks dry there!
    Interesting history of the Dumbarton Rail bridge.
    Looked up about the salt ponds, pretty interesting too.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: September 6, 2020

      John’s a good riding partner. Hoping we can get together again before too long.

      Looks dry because it really is mighty darn dry. No rain in the summer. This time of year the only moisture around is marine layer in the morning if you’re lucky. Santa Rosa, for example, averages 38 inches of rainfall per year, which is the same as the overall US average. But we get all our rain in the winter and none in the summer.

      Yeah, I read about the RR bridge after I got home. That was a big, complicated, expensive project at the time. I’m still amazed Harriman and his cronies considered it economically viable to build such an extravagant bridge just to save about 25 miles around the southern end of the Bay.

      Salt ponds also interesting. Not nearly so many any more, but still very visible when descending over the southern end of the Bay to land at SFO.

  3. By: Laura Posted: September 6, 2020

    Since it’s not been a summer with travel, nice to see scenery from some place so different than here in Kentucky. Looks like the drive there was worth it.

  4. By: NancyG Posted: September 9, 2020

    Great photos of that area Bill. I do most of my rides solo — and in much more suburban areas — and do so enjoy it when I get to ride with my friend Cindy (almost) once every week. I am as fastidious as you about safety precautions, and thankfully Cindy understands, agrees, and is willing to do it “all” on our rides. I am not at all ready to ride with more than one person, and that one person will remain the same person for a while yet.

    Now that we are becoming accustomed (for lack of a better word) to the pandemic precautions, we have the fires and smoke to deal with. Fires not yet reaching as far as you have, but close enough to Western WA to be a worry, and smoke keeping us indoors, ;’-(.
    Stay safe.

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