About Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park
Probably “the most enjoyable” of all the East Bay Regional Parks, according to several hiking blogs. The area accessible via Giant Rd is quiet and less traversed by dog owners and cyclists. Bathrooms, shade spots and water fountains are plentiful. The trail to Cook’s Point (the beach) is shaded.
Please Read Carefully If You Have Been To Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park
Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park has two entrances. We are not going to the Giant Road entrance. We are going to the Atlas Rd entrance. On highway 80, take the Richmond Parkway exit west. Cross San Pablo Ave and make a right on Atlas Rd. Continue past the UPS headquarters and the entrance to the Point Pinole Business Park (with a fountain) all the way to the end of Atlas. You will cross a bridge, and see the Atlas Rd staging area. We will meet at this parking lot and decide whether people want to walk .5 of a mile to the beach with its orange grasses, or stay near the lot with views of eucalyptus groves and rolling yellow grass. There is plenty of parking and bathrooms.
If using GPS, enter “Atlas Road Bridge Extension,” which appears on Google Maps. You won’t get an address with a street number, but the GPS will lead you directly to the parking lot where we will meet.