Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline in Richmond boasts one of the bay’s best sunset-supping sanctuaries. Get to Miller-Knox by way of Point Richmond, a history-soaked “old town” neighborhood that straddles the 580 freeway. Harboring just a few trails through the bayside bluffs, this park is not a hiker magnet — which means chances are good you’ll have this prime place to yourself. We recommend hiking up the short (and steep) trail to the ridge to catch the sunset at False Gun Vista Point, marked by a lone bench. This spot provides a glimpse into two strikingly different moods: on one side you can see all of Richmond and its rough edges and refineries; on the other you can see vast, unobstructed bay views spanning from San Francisco all the way to Angel Island and Mt. Tam.
BONUS: After sunset, stop at the nearby historic Hotel Mac, a friendly restaurant and bar akin to something straight out of the Old West. Try the delicious Mac ‘n’ Cheese and enjoy their premiere wine selection (50% off all bottles of wine on Fridays).
Directions to Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline: Take 580 West and exit Canal/Garrard. Turn left at the exit ramp, go one block to West Cutting and turn right. Go left onto South Garrard and drive through the tunnel, following the road along the shore. Park in the lot at the first sign on the right of the road after the tunnel. To access the trailhead, head across the road and take the trail going uphill to the right of the yellow building. At the first trail split, go right and follow it uphill (south) to the larger bluff. Take caution — the trail is steep. You will follow a winding trail, mixed with steps, to the top of the bluff with a bench. Note: Miller-Knox is dog-friendly. More information.
Hotel Mac, 50 Washington Ave., Point Richmond; 510-233-0576. Directions to Hotel Mac: From Miller-Knox, go through the tunnel and turn left onto West Richmond Ave. Go a couple of blocks and turn right onto Washington Ave.