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Point Richmond and Wave Garden

Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Presented by: SF Bay Chp Hiking
Leader: Katy C Christie - 510-402-8092 adventure@bradchristie.com
Level: Moderate (3C)
Location: 1 East Richmond Ave, Richmond, CA, USA
Directions: From Hwy I-580, exit Canal Blvd, turn left onto Canal Blvd, right onto W Cutting Blvd, left onto S Garrard Blvd, left onto East Richmond Avenue and parallel park on either side of the road. Washington Park is on the north side of the street. Plenty of parking along side streets also.

Enjoy a spectacular 10-mile loop from the Richmond Plunge up through the historic town of Point Richmond to the Crest Trail and NICHOLL KNOB. We’ll hike along the ridge, enjoying spectacular views of the harbor and bay. Continue on the East Ridge Trail to EAST VISTA POINT, enjoying magnificent views of BRICKYARD COVE. Descend to the FERRY POINT Loop Trail, taking time to read historic wayside exhibits at QUARRY POND. We’ll visit the Old BRICK KILNS and follow the waterfront to SANDPIPER POINT. Climb up to the Crest Trail and continue to FALSE GUN VISTA. Hike southwest on the West Ridge Trail and climb to West Ridge Point with views to FERRY POINT. Descend and hike out to Ferry Point, taking time to read two wayside exhibits that relate the history of the 1900 Santa Fe Railroad. Follow the shoreline trail through MILLER KNOX REGIONAL SHORELINE and enjoy egrets and a blue heron fishing in a beautiful pond constructed from a former marshland. If time permits, we’ll take a boardwalk through the meadow behind the Golden State Model Railroad Museum and return by the Dornan Grove Trail. Then it’s out to KELLER BEACH and return by three Coastal Conservancy Overlooks and a beautiful curvilinear WAVE GARDEN. This garden is noted for coastal plants that require very little water and are extremely colorful. We’ll hike through the historic Point Richmond district and stop to admire some of the historic buildings, vest pocket parks and statues that tell the story of Point Richmond’s heritage.