Last week Thomas and I went to the Carquinez Straight Regional Shoreline: Bull Staging & Eckley Pier.
We had a great time checking out the pier, the park and grass, crossing the railroad tracks and snapping some photos. I was really surprised at how well kept this park was and how empty it was except for a handful of people fishing on the pier.
With great views of the Carquinez bridge and the Carquinez Straight and also to the Benicia bridge, this little area has a lot to offer. The park/grass area has a few picnic tables and is sheltered from the wind but does have wonderful views of the water ships going through the Carquinez straight. There are some bbq grill areas and some picnic tables near the lower parking lot, but not that many. When Thomas and I visited around 2:30pm, these were all in the shade. There are roughly 15 parking spots in the lower parking area and about eight in the upper parking area.
When we initially went, I took his standard stroller which does not do well on anything except cement. So later in the week we went back with mommy and the Jeep stroller. With this stroller we were allowed to take the hiking trails which traverse the hilltops and follow the shoreline and railroad tracks. We walked about a mile North East where there is a picnic table and a bench to enjoy the view over Port Costa and out in the distance, the Benicia Bridge and Suisun bay. The hike is easy, along a fire-road and there are a few offshoot trails that I have not yet taken, but I hope to soon.
Below you will see a collection of photos taken from the park and hiking area that span three different trips over the past week. There are some of the pier, the railroad tracks that you must cross to get to the pier, many of the bridges, water and trees as well as the hills and of course Thomas… I hope you enjoy them