Alex Zuckermann Bay Bridge Trail-Yerba Buena-Treasure Island

Saturday, November 5, 2016

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This route heads south from Berkeley to Emeryville for a beautiful ride out across the Bay Bridge on the Alex Zuckermann Bay Bridge Trail to Yerba Buena Island. Drop down into Treasure Island for a scenic counter clockwise loop around the island and stop at one of the many Vista Points to enjoy the spectacular Bay views. The ride concludes with a flat clockwise loop around the Aquatic Park in Berkeley.

Begin this ride from Dreamland Playground at Aquatic Park in Berkeley and head south on the Aquatic Park Path towards Emeryville.

Exit the park onto Bay St and continue south on Bay and Shellmound St past the Public Market, Powell St Shopping Center and Bay St Emeryville towards IKEA.

As you near IKEA, turn right onto the Bay Bridge Trail from the Shellmound St trailhead situated before the traffic signal. The trail takes you under the MacArthur Maze before turning westward along the EBMUD wastewater treatment plant.

For the first time in history, pedestrians and cyclists have the chance to travel across the new East Span of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge. While two-thirds of the Bay Bridge Trail opened to the public in September of 2013, allowing visitors to traverse just past the span’s 525-foot signature tower, the final segment of the path opened on October 23, 2016, giving the public access to the entire 2.2-mile-path between Oakland and Yerba Buena Island. 

To ensure user safety, the 15.5-foot-wide path has one lane in each direction for bicyclists and an outside lane designated for walkers. The bike and pedestrian path is named after the late East Bay Bicycle Coalition founder and Bay Bridge Trail advocate, Alex Zuckermann. A plaque bearing his name is located on the trail. *1

The trail continues underneath the I-80 and Nimitz Freeway past Caltrans’ Bridge Yard Building towards the bridge.

Trash cans and restrooms are available along the trail prior to reaching the bridge. There is no drinking water available at this time. Please plan accordingly by ensuring that you are adequately prepared. *1

Slow down and watch for pedestrians at the entrance gate onto the Alex Zuckermann Bay Bridge Trail. The gentle incline takes you 2.3 miles across the bridge to the Yerba Buena Island Vista Point.

Enjoy the gorgeous bay views!

Exit the Yerba Buena landing and head uphill on Hillcrest Rd for the short 8-10% climb up towards Simms Rd. The road name changes to Treasure island Rd as it rounds the bend before dropping down the causeway to Treasure Island.

Treasure Island is an artificial island in San Francisco Bay and a neighborhood of the City of San Francisco. Built 1936–37 for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, the island’s World’s Fair site is a California Historical Landmark. Buildings there have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the historical Naval Station Treasure Island and auxiliary air facility (for airships, blimps, dirigibles, planes and seaplanes) are designated in the Geographic Names Information System.

Treasure Island is “5,520 feet long by 3,410 feet wide” and has the Treasure Island Marina on the south near Yerba Buena Island. *2

Enjoy the fabulous views!

Turn right onto Clipper Cove Way and meander around the island in a counter clockwise loop. The road takes you behind the warehouses and old naval buildings along the south end of the island.

The road name changes to Avenue N as it rolls past the pier and veers north along the east side of the island.

Enjoy the phenomenal bay views!

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Continue west on 13th St and meander along the north side of the island through the residential neighborhoods and sports fields on Gateview and Avenue B.

Turn right on 9th St and head out along the shoreline on Perimeter Rd to the fenced closure.

Stop at the Bob Mahoney Picnic Area.

Enjoy the magnificent views of the Bay Bridge, the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and beyond!

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Exit Perimeter Rd and head south on Avenue of the Palms.

Climb Treasure Island Rd up to Hillcrest Rd, it’s 0.6 mile with 6-9% grades. Watch for traffic and use caution as you make the left turn back to Yerba Buena Island!

Descend the Alex Zuckermann Bay Bridge Trail and enjoy the grand views!

Return under the MacArthur Maze towards Emeryville.

Exit the trail onto Shellmound St and make you way back to the Aquatic Park.

At the traffic circle, turn left onto West Bolivar Dr. The path takes you around the Aquatic Park in a clockwise direction before exiting onto Bolivar Dr.

This is a leisurely ride out across the Bay Bridge to Yerba Buena Island and Treasure Island. The climb and drop down from Yerba Buena Island to Treasure Island and vice-versa is really not that bad. Use caution and common sense when riding with traffic. Currently, there is no parking near the landing on Yerba Buena Island, however, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority is providing a free shuttle on weekends and holidays for cyclists and pedestrians every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour from the landing on Yerba Buena Island to parking on Treasure Island (Shuttle Information). *1

*1 http://baybridgeinfo.org/path
*2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_Island,_San_Francisco

Weather: Sunny and cool. Temps ranged from the high 50’s to the mid 60’s with SW winds.

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6 Comments

  1. Nice images. There’s an obvious spot right after you leave the bike path on the way to the naval station where there should be place to get off the highway and take a picture.

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