5. Newark Slough Trail - Fremont

Overview Map Highlighting Fremont Headquarter Trails

Length
5 mile loop

Amenities and Uses
Parking, restrooms and drinking water nearby at the Visitor Center, hiking, bicycling. No pets.

Trail Surface
Mostly flat, compacted dirt levee. Turns to mud after rain.

Highlights
This trail traverses the most common habitat types in the refuge: tidal marsh, tidal slough and salt ponds. The tidal marsh is home to endangered Ridgway’s rails and salt marsh harvest mice— two species only found in San
Francisco Bay— and the Alameda song sparrow, a Species of Concern in California. Northern shovelers, shorebirds, and grebes fill the pond in the winter while Forster’s terns and American avocets use the pond in the summer. There are excellent views of the dominate salt marsh vegetation such as pickleweed, Pacific cordgrass and gumplant which has yellow flowers late into the summer.

Connections to Other Trails
Connects to Tidelands Trail. Easy connection to LaRiviere Marsh Trail and Quarry Trail which leads to the Apay Way Trail in Coyote Hills Regional Park. Connects to Marshlands Rd. via Tidelands Trail. Marshlands Rd. is part
of the Bay Trail system and crosses over the Dumbarton Bridge.

Directions to Trailhead
From HWY 84 on the east side of the Dumbarton Bridge in Fremont, take the Thornton Ave. exit. Drive 0.6 miles south on Thornton Ave. and turn right onto Marshlands Rd. Follow Marshlands Rd. 0.5 miles to the stop sign. Turn left into the parking lot. To access the trail, go to the flagpole in the second parking lot and walk the Tidelands Trail. Cross the footbridge and follow the signs onto the Newark Slough Trail.

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Newark Slough and No Name Trail Map