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Carquinez Shoreline Trail
Carquinez Shoreline Regional Park, California

Carquinez Strait is the only sea-level opening through the coast ranges, which makes it a special place in several ways. The summer fog blows through west to east, the winter fog goes the other way.

This is a major transportation corridor, with a railroad and heavy shipping traffic. In the nineteenth century this was a major port, a series of grain warehouses on pilings over the water from Crockett to Martinez, collectively known as Port Costa, mostly shipping wheat to England. Now there are six major oil refineries and the C&H Sugar factory.


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Carquinez Shoreline Trail

Carquinez Shoreline Trail

This trail follows the bluff tops above Carquinez Strait between Crockett and Port Costa.

Carquinez Shoreline Regional Park, California

Date photographed: February 19, 2015
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Above Port Costa

Above Port Costa

Above the tiny town of Port Costa on Carquinez Strait. There is constant railroad and oil tanker traffic passing here.

Carquinez Shoreline Regional Park, California

Date photographed: February 19, 2015
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Carquinez Strait bicycle path

Carquinez Strait bicycle path

The old road along the straits was frequently closed by landslsides. It has been replaced by a well constructed bike and hiking trail.

between Port Costa and Martinez on Carquinez Strait, California

Date photographed: June 7, 2015
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