You’re not going to find people in bikinis and board shorts on this Bay beach. Actually, you won’t find much of anybody. Richmond’s Point Pinole Regional Shoreline is home to a surprisingly serene and wholly rugged west beach meant more for lazy strolling than blanket sprawling. Reach it by hiking or biking the aptly named Bay View Trail for 1 mile, passing through a eucalyptus grove. Take a short side trail down to the rocky beach and walk below the only shoreline cliffs in this part of the Bay (which happens to be located above the Hayward fault). As the San Pablo Bay waters lap and retreat, Mount Tam beams in the distance and views can stretch all the way to San Francisco on a clear day. Point taken.
After crossing the bridge over the train tracks, look for the sign to the Bay View Trail and follow it. Don’t take the first side trail that says “Beach Access”; keep going about .3 mile farther. Take the trail down that’s marked only with a sign for no horses or bikes. (You can lock your bike here, or walk it down to the beach.) Walk the rocky beach as far you like and return the way you came. Dog-friendly!