Having nearly run out of new parks to see in Santa Clara County, we decided to head to the other side of the bay and check out Coyote Hills Park in neighboring Fremont. The park is set up right next to the bay in a with a combination of marshland, hills, and salt ponds. It seemed to be a park set up mainly for cyclists, but we and many others were getting our fair share of enjoyment out of it hiking. We did about 12 miles total, many on bike friendly tarmac, but around 4 miles on dirt parts, so a little bit of everything. When the walk went past the marsh, the bay, and salt ponds, there were tons of water birds, ducks, pelicans, geese, terns, sandpipers, herons, egrets, gulls, and I think a coot or two so some prime bird watching, but my phone camera is not up to the task of bird pictures. Also, pelicans and herons are huge! Every time I see them, I seen to have forgotten just how huge.
It was a very nice park, quite busy but still maintaining that aura of peacefulness and away from it all that I really want on our our weekend excursions so I highly recommend it to folks in the area.
It was a quite foggy morning so our view from the top of the hill wasn’t quite worth the hike to the top.
We just kept walking closer to the bay and the fog just stayed with us to noon. The bay was really calm but somehow foreboding, nevertheless.
The fog eventually cleared out, letting us see our walk over the dikes, which was pretty, but I like the fog too.
We started the day’s hike just over that set of hills. Also, you can see some of the thousands of birds in the foreground.