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Cycle Carquinez Strait New Trail

Cyclists rejoice: You’re getting the hook-up you’ve always wanted on the Carquinez Shore’s newest section of the Bay Trail. It provides the 1.7-mile missing link from Martinez to Crockett and Port Costa, and it’s well worth the ride. Etched into the cliffside with spectacular views of the Carquinez Strait, this smooth asphalt and multi-use trail is unique for its high blufftop vantage of the shoreline, offering fresh glimpses of the water and bellowing barges below with every undulating curve. Another reason this path is unique? It’s the only part of the Bay Trail currently built on an abandoned road. The section was open to vehicles until 1983, when El Niño winter landslides made it impassible. Re-opened less than a year ago, today the path is car-free. To reach this section of trail, park at Nedjedly Staging Area and turn left out of the lot. Bike 1.6 miles on winding Carquinez Scenic Drive (note: this section of the route does allow cars) before reaching the new Bay Trail segment (no cars). After 1.7 miles of equally gentle ascents and descents, the trail emerges overlooking Port Costa. Continue your ride or turn around and go back the way you came for a trip totaling just under 7 miles.

BEER BONUS: You’re driving right past it, so why not reward yourself? Creek Monkey Tap House, 611 Escobar St., Martinez, is exactly what it sounds like: a funky yet charming brew pub in an old house next to a creek. What sets Creek Monkey apart is its eclectic sampling of little-known brews, sourced ultra-locally—just like their food ingredients—and rotated frequently to ensure that every trip with them is an adventure. Their signature Rocksteady IPA is a favorite. There’s also a dog-friendly outdoor patio!

To reach Nedjedly Staging Area, take exit 9 for Alhambra Ave. in Martinez off of CA-4. Turn left onto Alhambra Ave., left onto Green, right onto Talbart, and left onto Carquinez Scenic Drive. Nedjedly Staging Area will be on the left with bathrooms and picnic tables. Free parking. If uncomfortable riding alongside cars, limited free parking is available 1.5 miles down Carquinez Scenic Drive near the Bay Trail trailhead. From the Port Costa side there’s free roadside parking available at the Bay Trail trailhead. Dog-friendly!

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