Monday, March 14, 2016
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*After more than 20 years of negotiations and planning, and one year of intensive repairs, a popular roadway-turned-trail was reborn and reopened to the public on Saturday, November 8 by the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD). The 1.7-mile renovated trail segment was renamed to honor Congressman George Miller for his almost four decades of work and for his crucial support to secure funding for the restoration of the old county road. This beautiful and safe trail provides a link back to the usefulness of this road, and creates a recreation resource for people to bike and walk.
This scenic walk along the George Miller Trail takes you 2 miles gate to gate from Martinez to its north end at Port Costa. It winds along the Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline through wooded landscape with gentle grades. The trail sits above the shoreline which provides spectacular views of Carquinez Strait, the maritime traffic, Benicia’s waterfront and Mt Diablo!
I started at the south end of George Miller Trail from Martinez and parked alongside the road.
Enjoy the views along Carquinez Strait!
George Miller Trail heading north.
Maritime action along the strait.
George Miller Trail-continue north.
I have a new-used camera with a macro function. I can get closeups of flowers and catch the early morning dew on the leaves. Not too bad!
George Miller Trail-continue north.
Picnic area with views of Carquinez Strait and the wooded landscape around Franklin Ridge.
Wildflowers and clusters of wild mushrooms:
George Miller Trail with fabulous views of Carquinez Strait!
George Miller Trail-continue north towards the old brickyard.
Turn around at the George Miller Trail gate parking lot at the Port Costa.
George Miller Trail-south bound to Martinez trail gate.
4 Miles with 385′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 190′
Time: 2 leisurely hours with one stop
Hike: Easy with flat-rolling terrain
Parking: South end from Martinez-at the end of Carquinez Scenic Dr, park alongside the road but do not block any fire road gates. North end from Port Costa-at the George Miller Trail parking lot at the end of Carquinez Scenic Dr. No fees.
Porta-pottie available at George Miller Trail parking lot. No water available along the trail.
*The George Miller Regional Trail is open to the public from 5:00am to 10:00 pm seven days a week. Bikes and pedestrian can access the trail during these hours, but cars are limited to seasonal gate schedules at staging/parking areas at both ends of the trail.
This is a scenic stroll along the Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline with gorgeous views of Carquinez Strait! It’s a traffic-free trail, no motorized vehicles are allowed except for service and emergency vehicles. Check it out-the walk is easy enough for the entire family to enjoy!
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You will get your money’s worth with that new ‘old’ camera! Zoom pics are really great!
I think you should enter your shot of the Monarch butterflys and you in a photo contest!
Thanks Jim! It’s a constant work in progress….
Great photos of the wildflowers looks like the sweetpeas are out, I didn’t think they flowered ’till later.
Wow. As ever, wonderful blog and photos Nancy. We particularly love the images of the the wildflowers. Thanks for sharing this latest experience.
Thanks Ron! There are lots of sweetpeas springing up all along the side of the hills-it’s beautiful out there!
Mrs Barnes, My pleasure! It’s going to be a great year for wildflowers. Looking forward to seeing more around our regional parklands!