Have you ever noticed the salt ponds by Dumbarton Bridge when you fly out of SFO? I have no idea what that's about, but my humans say they're there. Well, if you drive across Dumbarton you can certainly smell them.
I normally don't like sticking my head out the window when we're going very fast, anything above 55mph, really, but if there's something stinky I'm all for it!
Just beyond that bridge is Coyote Hills, which is basically 2 large hills with interwoven trails throughout and around them. When you turn into the entrance you can either park by the main road, immediately to your left, or you can keep driving to the formal entrance and pay a $7 entrance fee: $5 for parking + $2 for dog. If you don't want to pay and park outside the gate post, you can walk into the park along a pedestrian/biking path, which probably adds another mile or so to any hike and is completely exposed.
Once inside the park, there's ample parking. 2 lots actually. We parked in the main parking lot by the visitor center and headed right in on Bayview trail.
Mid-September. Very hot, very exposed and very dry. High fire danger. It's also a bit smelly here as it's surrounded by restored wetlands. We did see lots of different birds though. It was very peaceful to watch the flocks fly back and forth...if only I could catch one...
We turned off at Red Hill trail which starts with an immediate incline.
You can see Bayview trail wrapping around the hills and the flock of birds relaxing in the water.
Dumbarton Bridge always in view.
When you're atop the hills there's a fantastic breeze to beat the heat.
Wait for meeee!!!
Bayview Trail just keeps going