May 10, 2016

Bike Ride: Alameda Creek Stables (May 2016)

Trip Report

What mileage should you expect from a kid on a flat, dirt/gravel trail with a slight headwind?

  • A. 4 miles for each year of kid's age.
  • B. 3 miles for each year of kid's age.
  • C. 2 miles for each year of kid's age.
  • D. 1 mile for each year of kid's age
    Answer: D

Union City's Alameda Creek Stables Staging Area is a convenient dirt trail ride for Newark residents. But, just because it's flat doesn't mean it's boring or easy. It's an excellent family ride. The trail offers lots of adventure, including trees to climb and a tide pool. The Alameda Creek is quite long, but the most gorgeous views of the creek can be seen from this trail heading east.

We "hit" this 7-mile (round trip) trail at 10am. We had a slight headwind, but not too strong. The trail is straight, but there are a few long bends that made for beautiful panoramic views. A the end of the trail (at 3 miles) is the Bay. The destination mandates that you stay for at least an hour, or until the wind picks up. Wind breakers are a must in the late summer! The winds were mild on this day, and the sky clear, making it possible to see all the bridges and SF itself.

The winds started to pick up on the return, giving us a slight crosswind and a much-appreciated tailwind at times. The 4-5 year olds were getting pretty tired on the return, with the 4 1/2 year old being especially tired and grumpy because the other kids were way ahead (no kid likes being last!), but when he saw his friends waiting at 1 of the 4 (we stopped and ate at 3 of them!) picnic areas on the trail and an opportunity to climb a tree he was a happy camper.

The highlight was surely the tide pools. All of the kids enjoyed turning over rocks to marvel at the hermit crabs, and a couple kids fell in the muck, which made for some great laughs. Bike Leader will recommend rain boots and a change of clothes next time! One girl especially enjoyed hunting down beautiful mussel shells to take back to her mom for Mother's Day. But the second runner up was the weeping willow in the staging area parking lot. What a fort it was!

Snap!

Snap!

Got This!

Got This!

Tide Pools!

Tide Pools!

Crabs!

Crabs!

Finish Line!

Finish Line!

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