Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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. *1
This scenic leisurely hike 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! The hike includes a jaunt up around the SE end of Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline Park to Point Carquinez Overlook.
Start at the south end of the George Miller Trail from Martinez.
Enjoy the views along Carquinez Strait!
George Miller Trail winds above the shoreline.
Picnic area with views of Carquinez Strait.
George Miller Trail continues along the shoreline with fabulous views!
Continue north towards the old brickyard to the George Miller Trail gate parking lot at Port Costa.
Exit the trail onto Carquinez Scenic Dr, stay on the paved road to the trail gate into the park at fire road 77-4.
Go straight and follow the unmarked trail uphill.
As you near the top, the trail offers fabulous views of Port Costa, Carquinez Strait and Mt Diablo!
The trail turns eastward through the grassland above the dry stock pond.
Follow the trail uphill to the picnic area at Carquinez Point Overlook area.
Enjoy the phenomenal views!
Retrace steps back across the dry stock pond and head east around the hilltop cattle grazing area before returning to the trail gate.
Enjoy the extended views of the Franklin Hills and Carquinez Strait!
Reverse your way back along Carquinez Scenic Dr and George Miller Trail.
This is a easy hike along the Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline with stunning views of Carquinez Strait, Benicia Point, Franklin Hills and Mt Diablo!
6.84 Miles with 577′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 367′
Time: 3 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 5:00 am 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. *1