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11th of December
Descent -133
High 94
Length 16.6
Low 4
Ascent 134
Weather 66° Sunny

Trail Difficulty: green

Bayside trails stretching from Shoreline Park next to Googleplex to Ravenswood Open Space near Facebook Headquarters.

Grab your Google Bike and check out some of the dirt and gravel trails that stretch for miles along Silicon Valley's shoreline.

Temperatures will reach 66° today, with Sunny. Weather conditions this week are expected to range between 65° with Slight Chance Showers to 67° with Chance Rain over the next 5 days. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 65° - 67° over the next 5 days.


Starting from Mountain View's Shoreline Park, near Google Headquarters, this ride heads north through The Baylands of Palo Alto then continues to Ravenswood Open Space. The trails are mostly gravel or crushed shell and granite with a few paved sections. The ride is out-and-back and flat allowing turnarounds at any point. Head south past the historic Rengstorff House crossing a bridge then make a quick right on the paved path. The Permanente Creek Trail passes through the golf course parking lot past Michael's Restaurant continuing through the golf course next to the creek. At the junction with a paved service road, Vista Slope rises on the left with the twin teepee canopies of Shoreline Amphitheater just beyond. Follow the gravel trail as it winds its way to the top of the hill. Take in the view with the Amphitheater directly east, Googleplex to the south, and the Bay and wetlands to the northeast. Look down--below your feet is a 100-foot pile of garbage sent down from San Francisco over several decades to what was once a landfill. See History note below. Retrace the path back down to the Permanente Creek Trail crossing the bridge on the service road to the west then north towards Shoreline Lake until you reach a section of the Bay Trail. Turning left, you quickly reach Adobe Creek Loop Trail where you keep right on a gravel road that runs along bayside sloughs to the northeast. After a minute or two listening to the sound of crunching gravel, you'll notice some trails that parallel the road. These "singletracks" are a lot smoother with good visibility and a few small humps, bumps and mini-jumps especially where the trail loops around a small pond. A fun place to bring young riders just starting out. This loop trail can be a ride by itself but to continue farther north, keep to the right when the trail forks at the Byxbee Park telephone pole forest (an art installation). This leads to the parking area and the Marsh Front Trail. This scenic trail, running along the bay, passes an historic "ship-shaped" marina once operated by the Sea Scouts and currently used as an interpretive center. Continue north on the San Francisquito Creek Trail as it loops around the Palo Alto airport. Keep right (north) crossing a bridge to connect to the Bay Trail that links to Ravenswood Open Space. This is the turnaround for this ride and the only way to continue north is on-street riding on Bay Road and University Avenue to reach the paved bike trail near Facebook Headquarters and leading to Dumbarton Bridge. Retrace the paths going south with short cut options shown on paved trails running along East Bayshore Road.

Raised areas that provide bay and shoreline views, like Vista Slope and Byxbee Park, aren't natural hillocks over otherwise flat marshlands. They are former garbage dumps. In fact, Shoreline Park was deliberately filled with trash from San Francisco to raise the land surface 20-feet and more. Dozens of similar dumps around SF Bay helped spawn the "Save the Bay" environmental movement back in the 60's. Practically all have been covered with "clean dirt" and converted to public uses. Enjoy the view from "Mt. Trashmore".

Weather Forecast

000 FXUS66 KMTR 070601 AFDMTR Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area 1001 PM PST Mon Nov 6 2017 .SYNOPSIS...Dry weather is forecast to continue into Tuesday, along with near normal daytime temperatures and cool nights. The next front is forecast to bring rain and gusty winds to the region on Wednesday into early Thursday. Showers will linger into Thursday and Friday, mainly across the north. && of 09:16 PM PST Monday...Forecast remains on track this evening and no updates needed. Current conditions feature mostly clear skies with temps in the 40s and lower 50s. Current dewpoints are in the upper 30s and lower 40s so not too concerned about any widespread frost. Daytime highs this afternoon were generally in the low to mid 60s. Looking ahead...Tuesday looks to be one last quiet weather day across the region with another round of mostly sunny skies with daytime highs into 60s. Southerly winds and clouds will increase about 24 hours from now as we roll into Tuesday night. General trends in terms of incoming rain has been to slightly slow the onset of precip as the main low dropping out of the Gulf Of Alaska has deepened. 00z nam model solutions now generates some light warm sector shower activity on Wednesday with light rain becoming more steady in the north bay Weds afternoon. Right now the afternoon/evening commute on Weds will be most adversely impacted, especially from about the Golden Gate northward. Rain on Weds night looks light to moderate even in the North Bay. There remains concerns should heavy precip develop over the burn scars but right now those scenarios look unlikely. Nonetheless debris and ash will likely compromise culverts and storm drains as the initial front moves through Weds night into Thursday morning. Post frontal ...

Area River Conditions

USGS Gauge Streamflow Gauge Height Elevation
San Ramon C A San Ramon Ca
2 cfs 2 ft 603 ft
San Lorenzo C A San Lorenzo Ca
14 cfs 3 ft 20 ft
Alamo Cn Nr Pleasanton Ca
4 cfs 2 ft 313 ft
San Lorenzo C Ab Don Castro Res Nr Castro V Ca
3 cfs 6 ft 272 ft
Crow C Nr Hayward Ca
3 cfs 4 ft 279 ft
Cull C Ab Cull C Res Nr Castro Valley Ca
1 cfs 1 ft 289 ft

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