East County: Delta de Anza-Big Break-Antioch Bridge Pier-Dow Wetlands-New York Point

Sunday, January 31, 2016

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This urban route heads into East Contra Costa County along the Delta de Anza Trail from Concord to Oakley with a slight detour along the Mokelumne Trail. Continue on Marsh Creek Trail and Big Break Regional Trail to Big Break Regional Shoreline. The return west includes some scenic out & back jaunts to the Antioch/Oakley Pier, the Dow Wetlands and to New York Point at Riverview Park in Pittsburg.

Start this ride from Willow Pass Ct onto the Delta de Anza Trail off Willow Pass Rd in Concord.

The Delta de Anza Trail runs parallel along the north side of Hwy 4 to Willow Pass Rd in Bay Point.

Head east on Willow Pass Rd for 0.2 mile to get back onto the Delta de Anza Trail at the Port Chicago Hwy intersection. The trail exits onto Bailey Rd, head south to the 4th traffic light (near BART entrance) and cross Bailey to continue on Delta de Anza.

Delta de Anza Trail continues eastward onto Range Rd, cross W Leland Rd to stay on the trail.

The trail crosses Railroad Ave to Harbor St and Loveridge Rd.

Exit the trail onto Somersville Rd and hang a left at Buchanan Rd to the Mokelumne Trail. The rolling terrain on Mokelumne continues eastward to Lone Tree Way in Antioch.

Cross Lone Tree to get back onto the Delta de Anza Trail; the trail runs alongside the Contra Costa Canal before exiting onto the sidewalk at Deer Valley Rd.

Go left onto the sidewalk and turn right at Wildflower Dr to continue on Delta de Anza Trail. The trail stays along the canal for a short steep climb up to Ridgeline Dr before dropping down underneath Hwy 4 to Neroly Rd.

Cross Neroly to stay on Delta de Anza Trail, it continues east along the canal across Empire Ave and O’Hare Ave before exiting onto W Cypress Rd in Oakley.

Head east on W Cypress Rd to Main St; cross Main St onto the sidewalk to Marsh Creek Trail. The trail heads north along the edge of a residential neighborhood towards Big Break Shoreline.

The trail name changes as it curves westward to Big Break Regional Trail; it continues along the flat lands with wonderful views of Mt Diablo!

Follow Big Break Regional Trail through the edge of a residential neighborhood on Merlot Ln to Rutherford and Piper Ln. The trail continues into the park towards the fishing pier.

Stop at Big Break Regional Shoreline.

Exit through the parking lot to Big Break Rd and head west on Main St to Bridgehead Rd for the out & back segment to Antioch Bridge Pier.

Antioch/Oakley Regional Shoreline Pier.

Exit the pier back onto Bridgehead Dr and head west on Wilbur Ave; Wilbur travels through Antioch’s industrial area past the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge to A St.

Turn right on A St to W 2nd St; follow the road through Old Downtown Antioch towards the City Marina.

Turn right on L St to the parking lot at Barbara Price Marina Park. Go around the traffic circle and follow the multi-use path through the park to the Dow Wetlands Preserve.

Exit the park back onto L St and head west on W 4th to W 10th St; the road takes you through the industrial area along the RR tracks to Pittsburg-Antioch Hwy.

Head south on Harbor St to E 3rd St; the road takes you through Old Town Pittsburg to Marina Blvd and Bay Side Dr.

Turn right on Bay Side to River View Park Dr; the road leads into Riverview Park which is adjacent to the Pittsburg Yacht Club.

Follow the trail through the park out to its end at New York Point.

Enjoy the waterfront views!

Exit Riverview Park to Bay Side Dr and head south to W 10th St; the road name changes to Willow Pass Rd as it travels underneath the train trestle to the commercial district at Bay Point. Stay on Willow Pass Rd to Evora Rd.

Continue west on Evora Rd; the road kicks up with a couple of steep climbs with gradient rages of 10-12% before descending back to Willow Pass Ct.

This ride explores the network of trails around east Contra Costa County from the Delta de Anza Trail, Mokelumne Trail and Marsh Creek Trail to Big Break Trail. You’ll enjoy the views of the San Joaquin River and the Delta’s sloughs and bays along the northern shorelines at Big Break, Antioch Pier, Dow Wetlands and New York Point! Print out the Regional Trail Map, it’s a good thing to have on hand to navigate your way from Concord, Bay Point and Pittsburg to Antioch and Oakley.

Garmin Stats:
50 Miles with 1926′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 612′
Max grade: 12%
Terrain: Flat-rolling with a couple of steep climbs

Weather: Cloudy skies with partial sunshine and light rain. Temps ranging from the mid 40’s to the high 50’s with brisk NW winds.

Print Delta de Anza Regional Trail & Marsh Creek Trail Map

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