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Plein Air at Crest Avenue, Richmond

About Crest Ave
The Crest Avenue trailhead is located in Point Richmond, midway up a gorgeous hill that affords a 360 degree view of the industrial parts of Richmond, Miller Knox Park, Ferry Point, Albany, Berkeley and the bay. The trailhead curves as it goes up and there are paintable views all long. You will be able to park pretty close to the trailhead, but there is room for about ten cars. Please be mindful of this and park close to the others. It is a breezy to windy location. Please come dressed with this in mind and bring bungee cords and stakes if you have them. Alternatively, you may bring plastic bags to tie to your easel to hold it down.

Directions to Crest Ave
From Berkeley, take 580 towards Marin and get off at Gerrard. Get off on Castro St exit and make a left on Castro Street. Go under the freeway and you will end up on Tewksbury Ave. Make a left on Tewksbury and continue along the freeway until you hit Washington Ave. Make a right on Washington and go to the small plaza with a statue. The road forks. Stay on your right continue up the hill on Washington. Pass Scenic St. and make a left on Crest Ave. Park at a small lot near the end of Crest Ave, by the trailhead. Please park parallel and close to other cars to leave parking space for everyone.

From elsewhere, just take Richmond Parkway west all the way past the dump, and get off toward the end, on Castro St. North. Follow the same instructions as above to get to the end of Crest Ave.

If using GPS, please set it to 1 Crest Ave, the address closest to the trailhead.

Plein Air at Miller Knox Park

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About Miller Knox Regional Park
The west section is dominated by a lagoon, and borders San Francisco Bay. The fenced Santa Fe Railroad tracks keep you away from the shoreline. A 1-mile paved walking trail  winds through a manicured park with attractive shade trees, picnic tables, a playground and placid Canada geese. The area near the lagoon looks out on San Francisco Bay, Mount Tamalpais, and Angel Island. There are bathrooms at this park and water. There is shade under the many trees and ample parking. You’ll want a backpack or a cart with wheels to traverse the grassy expanse.

On 580 go in the direction of San Rafael but get of at the Point Richmond Exit. Take the lane fartherst left on the ramp and make a left as you leave the ramp. Stay to your left until you hit Tewskbury. Make a right on Washington, a left on West Richmond Ave and a right on South Garrard Blvd. Go through the tunner and it will turn into Dornan Dr.

Start watching the three entrances to the parking lots to your right. We will meet on the 3rd and last entrance to your right. If Dornan Dr makes a sharp turn to the left or if you see Ferry Point, you’ve gone too far.