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Google Earth view of the Eden Landing Trail (in blue), looking west towards the Hayward-San Mateo Bridge

On December 7, 2008, a new section of the San Francisco Bay Trail was opened in Hayward. A 2.75 mile trail runs on levees along former salt ponds south of Hwy 92. This is the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. More than 600 acres of former salt ponds are being restored to tidal flow. This will turn these ponds into tidal marshes, providing habitats for fish and wildlife, like the endangered clapper rail and salt marsh harvest mouse. The ponds are part of the 15,100-acre South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. The Bay Trail along the edge of the project is managed by the East Bay Regional Park District, but the property is owned by the California Department of Fish & Game. Duck hunting is allowed on the ponds at certain times, when the trail will be closed to the general public, but open to duck hunters. Volunteers with Save the Bay have been working with the DF&G to restore the habitat by establishing native vegetation and controlling non-natives along the perimeter of the ponds.

Access Information
Eden Landing is in an urban area, accessible from several points. The access shown below is on Breakwater Avenue at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center. To get to the center from Hwy 880:
Exit from 880 onto Hwy 92 West toward the San Mateo Bridge.
Exit on Clawiter Road/Eden Landing Road
Go straight through the light (Do not turn onto Clawiter)
Make the first left onto Breakwater Avenue.
Go all the way to the end of the street. Park on the street near the interpretive center. To reach Eden Landing, go back down Breakwater Avenue to the pedestrian overpass over Hwy 92. Cross over to the other side to Point Eden Way. The entrance to the Bay Trail is on the left.

To reach the start of the trail directly, after exiting Hwy 92, go south at the freeway off-ramp onto Eden Landing Road. Turn right on Point Eden Way. Follow it to the end. To reach the staging area, instead of turning on Point Eden Way, continue on Eden Landing Road to the end. The parking lot is on the left.

The southeast end of the trail is in a surburban neighborhood. There are many ways to get there. One way is to take Hwy 92 to Industrial Blvd. south. Turn right on Marina Drive, right on Eden Shores Blvd., right on Sandcreek Drive, left on Dune Circle. Park at Eden Shores Park. The entrance to the trail is a block north of the park at the trail gate.

Description and Views

This is the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center on Breakwater Avenue. The center has water, restrooms, classes, exhibits, and an elevated viewing platform. From here, you can access the Bay Trail that runs north for miles along the Hayward Regional Shoreline to the San Leandro Marina.

This is the view looking east from the viewing platform at the interpretive center. In the distance is the overpass over Hwy 92.

This is the entrance to the freeway overcrossing on Breakwater Avenue.

This is the view looking west from the south ramp of the over-crossing leading down to Point Eden Way, with Hwy 92 on the right.

This is the entrance to the Bay Trail at the end of Point Eden Way. Fenced off on the right is the site of an old salt production facility.

The trail turns left when it reaches the edge of a former salt pond.

On the right side of the trail are the former salt ponds. On the left side are industrial buildings.

This levee divides two of the ponds.

The trail follows along the pond. The businesses along Arden Road are to the left.

Ahead, the trail turns to the right as it approaches the end of Eden Landing Road.

The gravel trail reaches a paved area with benches and interpretive signs.

This is a view looking southeast over one of the interpretive signs and across one of the ponds.

This telephoto view looking south across the sign shows the Coyote Hills in the distance.

This is a closeup of the sign, which talks about the process of restoring the salt ponds back to wetlands.

This bench and sign face southwest next to a levee dividing 2 ponds.

This sign talks about the history of salt production in these ponds.

Looking north from the viewing area is the parking lot, main entrance, and signboard for the trail's staging area.

This is the main entrance to the trail from the staging area parking lot, with the signboard on the left.

This sign shows that this is a reserve owned by the DF&G and shows some of the partners that have been involved in the project.

Marsh vegetation is returning to the former salt ponds, providing inviting habitats for wildlife.

The trail passes by a narrow levee on the ponds and a catwalk under power towers.

To the left of the trail is this long narrow pond next to Arden Road.

Ahead, the trail makes a turn to the right at the corner of the pond.

The trail heads south along the east edge of the pond.

In the pond on the right are remains of a catwalk support.

Ahead, the trail turns left and heads east.

This is a view looking back across the pond at the catwalk under the power towers seen earlier.

Looking east across the corner of the pond to the left of the trail, in the distance are the homes of the Eden Shores development.

After turning east, this is a view south of the trail, looking towards more ponds, with the Coyote Hills in the background.

A telephoto view south shows an egret wading in the pond, and the Coyote Hills in the background.

South of the trail, this catwalk leads under another series of power towers.

Ahead, the trail jogs around a closed levee.

Looking south past the closed levee is this marsh.

The trail then jogs to the left.

A short distance ahead, the trail jogs to the right.

As it nears the homes, the trail makes one final turn to the right before it ends at a trail sign.

The trail turns left at a bridge, at the end of which is a lockable trail gate.

Looking back towards the west from the foot of the bridge, ahead is the signboard at the start of the trail.

The bridge crosses over a private channel. This is a view to the north.

This is a view of the channel south of the bridge.

Looking back, the trail entrance gate is on Dune Circle in the new Eden Shores community. The signs indicate this is a public shore and part of the Bay Trail.

A block to the south is the Gordon E. Oliver Eden Shores Community Park, managed by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.  There is a large public parking lot at the park.

On the west side of the parking lot is an elevated gazebo.

The gazebo overlooks the ponds and marshes to the west. This is a view looking north towards the trail entrance.

This is the center of the round-about at the entrance to the Eden Shores neighborhood at Eden Shores Blvd. and Sandcreek Drive. On the other side is Eden Shores Park.

There is no direct off-street connection to the next developed segment of the Bay Trail to the south, which is the Alameda Creek Regional Trail. To get there by road, take Eden Shores Blvd. to Hesperian Blvd. south. It soon crosses over Old Alameda Creek, which someday may have a trail on its banks leading to the Bay. After crossing the creek and entering Union City, Hesperian becomes Union City Blvd. which is a busy road that runs through industrial, commercial, and residential areas. After several miles, it crosses over Alameda Creek Flood Control Channel, where the trail runs on both sides of the creek. Parking is available in the adjoining neighborhoods. The unpaved trail on the north side of the creek is accessible from the Alameda Creek Stables, an equestrian staging area off Lowry Road, south of Union City Blvd., which becomes Ardenwood Blvd. and enters Fremont after it crosses the creek. The trail on the south side of the creek is paved and leads to Coyote Hills Regional Park. There are access ramps to the creek trail from Ardenwood Blvd.

This is a Google Earth view of the Eden Landing Trail in blue, with Hwy 92 at the bottom. The white squares to the left of top center are on the Coyote Hills, with Alameda Creek running below them to the Bay, where there's another white square. The line across the Bay on the right of top center is the Dumbarton Bridge, leading to Ravenswood OSP.


Pictures taken 5/28/10. Web page developed 12/19/10 by Ronald Horii

This page is a prototype intended for possible future inclusion on the Bay Trail Website, but it has not yet been officially approved or authorized by the Bay Trail Project. The information and opinions expressed here are the responsibility of the author and are accurate to the best of his knowledge at the time the page was created, but are not guaranteed to be correct or up-to-date. Trail conditions and rules are subject to change without notice.