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Hayward Regional Shoreline and Cogwell Marsh: 8 mile Easy, Flat Hike
May 27, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
HIKING TIME: 2.5 – 3 hours
DISTANCE: 7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: Approx. 100 feet (flat!)
DIFFICULTY: Easy terrain and almost no elevation.
RULES: NO DOGS ALLOWED south of W. Winton Avenue and the flood control channel (first half of hike is OK).
FACILITIES: Restrooms at trailhead and at halfway point.
WEATHER: Sunny; about 70°F
Parking at trailhead. Plan to arrive 20 minutes early to find parking, and walk to the trailhead. Some street parking available.
• Please use the Google Maps link to familiarize yourself with the trip and explore various route options from your home. Zoom in all the way.
• The GPS locations below and the map link above are accurate enough to find us by looking around with your eyes when you get there.
(Most Cars) GPS Degrees Minutes Seconds Format:
(Google Maps) GPS Degrees Decimal Format:
If you have the Waze app installed on your phone, click this link. It will open Waze and start navigating to the trailhead.
• As always, it is good practice to confirm the night before that any app you use takes you to where you expect by comparing the destination with what is posted above on your PC/Mac
• Most street addresses provided are approximate, and may be up to a couple of miles from the hike location. Use GPS coordinates when driving, if possible.
We will use this link for carpooling. Please sign up here.
Please refrain from trying to negotiate your carpool in the comments, as it is equivalent to sending multiple “Reply All” emails to everyone. Please start your carpool quest, by first adding yourself to the carpool link above. Then, use the contact info provided by the driver or rider in the link above to contact them directly and privately. Please be considerate of others and resist the urge to “Reply All”. Thank you for understanding.
Hayward Regional Shoreline consists of 1,811 acres of salt, fresh, and brackish water marshes, seasonal wetlands, and public trails.
Cogswell Marsh, a 250-acre tidal marsh restoration and enhancement project, was completed in 1980. This area, once restored to tidal action, rapidly became an established saltwater marsh.
→ San Francisco Bay Trail south to Hayward’s Landing
→ Continue clockwise around Cogswell Marsh loop
→ Return north to halfway point with restroom and break at Winton staging area
→ Turn west along flood control channel
→ Turn north (right) to retrace steps along SF Bay Trail to return to starting point
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