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A Peaceful Place to Ponder: Martinez Regional Shoreline

Jan 02, 2017 11:05AM ● By Becky Coburn

If you need a little inspiration or space to contemplate a fresh start to 2017, the Martinez Regional Shoreline is a unique locale that fits the bill for solo reflection, time with a friend, or a spot to unplug and enjoy the outdoors with your family.  It’s one of those places that drives home how fortunate we are to live in Contra Costa.

East Bay Regional Park District operates the western section of the park, where three miles of trails offer peaceful walks through the grassy marsh along the picturesque shoreline, around ponds, and over creeks. Relax (or do yoga) on the lawn, pack a lunch, lounge in the picnic area, check out the boats harbored in the marina, and take in a cool view of the Benicia Bridge.

The Killdeer/Duck Pond Loop Trail is just under a mile long. It starts in an accessible parking lot and leads out to the bay, with beautiful views of the bay on one side and a duck pond on the other. This trail has easy grades throughout and would be a good trail for users of all ability levels.

Two graceful arch bridges cross over Alhambra Creek on your way through the marsh, a quiet area of the park that changes with the seasons. Its residents, including great blue herons and snowy egrets, come and go, and there are subtle changes in color and mood. Enjoy this experience independently along the Pickleweed Trail, or walk with others on a naturalist-led excursion, when available. Dogs are not allowed in the marsh.

For detailed information about the park and trail information, visit  

Photo by Joe Dallmann of Rising Sun Photography. Martinez Waterfront looking out towards the bay. View the gallery for a sampling of Dallmann's photos and visit for all of his Martinez Waterfront pictures.