8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Fremont, CA
Coyote Hills has a wide variety of habitats – marsh, grasslands, chaparral and the trees of Hoot Hollow. The marshes have some water and will have more if we get more rain. We’ll see a number of raptors, wintering shorebirds and ducks and sparrows. We’ll stop by the Nectar Garden at the Visitor’s Center if it’s open. We’ll walk about 3 miles on mostly flat, unpaved trails. Birders of all levels welcome; Coyote Hills can be rewarding for beginners.
Meet near the parking area adjacent to the Visitors Center (at the end of the park entrance road).
Water and bathrooms are available at the Visitor’s Center, which opens at 10 am. There is a “porta-potty” near the parking lot.
Directions: From I-880, take Highway 84 west (signed for Dumbarton Bridge), take the Paseo Padre Parkway exit #36, turn right onto Paseo Padre and drive north about one mile. Turn left onto Patterson Ranch Road and drive to the parking lot at its end. Parking fee, if you don’t have an East Bay Regional Parks annual pass, is $5 per vehicle. (Note that Google maps will suggest you exit at Deep Creek Rd (exit 22) from I-880 if coming from the north, but continuing down to Hwy 84 is much faster.)
Coyote Hills was featured on the GGAS blog in September 2015.
Leader: Maureen Lahiff