Alameda Creek Trails, Fremont, CA
12 miles of biking and hiking
Twelve miles of uninterrupted trails along both sides of Alameda Creek between Niles Canyon and Coyote Hills Park on SF Bay. On the north side of Alameda Creek is a 12.41-mile, unpaved, hiker/biker/equestrian trail. On the south side is an 12-mile, paved, hiker/bicycle trail.
Here are some of the most interesting areas along the trail which also provide good starting points and a few small hills:
- Niles Community Park – At the east end, just a couple of blocks from the historical old town of Niles.
- Quarry Lakes Park (adjacent Isherwood Staging area)- Near the middle, a big regional park with trails around its lakes.
- Coyote Hills Park – At the west end, a big beautiful natural park by the Bay.
Dogs are allowed unleashed (under voice control) on the north side. Shinn Pond Dog Park adjacent Niles Community Park is a favorite spot on the trail where dogs can swim in Shinn Pond. Leashes are required on the paved south side of Alameda Creek.
The trails are clean, long, flat and sometimes very straight. Hot and dry during the summer. Expect headwinds on summer afternoons when headed west. Many bikers at times.
- Alameda Creek is the largest moving waterway in Alameda County. It starts on the slopes of Mount Hamilton (Lick Observatory east of San Jose), drains over 240 miles of watershed, and flows over 40 miles including through Niles Canyon to SF Bay.