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Moffett Field section of Bay Trail opens

Path connects Mountain View with Sunnyvale

The newest segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail -- which stretches 2.4 miles behind Moffett Field and connects Mountain View and Sunnyvale -- opened to the public on Monday, Sept. 20.

The Bay Trail, a project started by the Association of Bay Area Governments, is intended to one day extend all the way around the rim of San Francisco and San Pablo bays. Once completed, the trail will cover about 500 miles of open space around the two bodies of water. About 300 of those 500 miles have already been completed, according to Laura Thompson, a Bay Trail project manager.

The Moffett Field segment of the trail was particularly difficult to open, as so many parties held stakes in the land, Thompson said. For a time there were also environmental and public safety concerns. The area is home to many species of rare wildlife and munitions bunkers on Moffett Field were located near the trail.

The environmental concerns have been assuaged and the bunkers have since been moved.

Those who use the trail can enter either on the Mountain View side at Shoreline Park, or on the Sunnyvale side at Baylands Park.

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"It's a legacy," Julia Miller, former mayor of Sunnyvale, said of the trail. "When you get out there, you're just two miles from downtown Castro Street and you're out there with nature. It's a great outdoor experience."

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Moffett Field section of Bay Trail opens

Path connects Mountain View with Sunnyvale

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Uploaded: Mon, Sep 20, 2010, 12:38 pm

The newest segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail -- which stretches 2.4 miles behind Moffett Field and connects Mountain View and Sunnyvale -- opened to the public on Monday, Sept. 20.

The Bay Trail, a project started by the Association of Bay Area Governments, is intended to one day extend all the way around the rim of San Francisco and San Pablo bays. Once completed, the trail will cover about 500 miles of open space around the two bodies of water. About 300 of those 500 miles have already been completed, according to Laura Thompson, a Bay Trail project manager.

The Moffett Field segment of the trail was particularly difficult to open, as so many parties held stakes in the land, Thompson said. For a time there were also environmental and public safety concerns. The area is home to many species of rare wildlife and munitions bunkers on Moffett Field were located near the trail.

The environmental concerns have been assuaged and the bunkers have since been moved.

Those who use the trail can enter either on the Mountain View side at Shoreline Park, or on the Sunnyvale side at Baylands Park.

"It's a legacy," Julia Miller, former mayor of Sunnyvale, said of the trail. "When you get out there, you're just two miles from downtown Castro Street and you're out there with nature. It's a great outdoor experience."

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Comments

Rich
Blossom Valley
on Sep 20, 2010 at 2:56 pm
Rich, Blossom Valley
on Sep 20, 2010 at 2:56 pm

This article about a trail could *really* use a map!!!


Karl
another community
on Sep 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm
Karl, another community
on Sep 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm
GRR
another community
on Sep 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm
GRR, another community
on Sep 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm
BD
North Whisman
on Sep 21, 2010 at 12:59 am
BD, North Whisman
on Sep 21, 2010 at 12:59 am

Duck Hunting season is coming soon and the "trail" goes around and through this hunting area. Don't be alarmed at the sight of camouflage hunters carrying shotguns! They are just there for the ducks and remember that it is against the law to harass hunters while engaging in their sport.


Responsible
Cuesta Park
on Sep 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm
Responsible, Cuesta Park
on Sep 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I hope the steady barrage of hikers and bikers won't affect the hunting, but even if it does, remember hunters, its illegal to fire "warning shots" at hikers/bikers in the area, even if you think they might adversely affect your hunt.
(And yes, this HAS happened to me out there at the mouth of the creek)


Martin Omander
Rex Manor
on Sep 23, 2010 at 10:16 am
Martin Omander, Rex Manor
on Sep 23, 2010 at 10:16 am

Can't wait to try out the new trail!


southbayrider
Blossom Valley
on Sep 24, 2010 at 8:22 pm
southbayrider, Blossom Valley
on Sep 24, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I parked at the kite area in Shoreline and then rode my bike in to access the trail. There is a gate at the entrance which is well marked. The gate which was usually locked was open. I followed the path in which led me along the back side of Moffett Field on my right and the bay on my left. I had a great view of the mountains straight ahead. I started my ride after lunch (2PM). It was very windy. I rode all the way around the back side of Moffett and past the golf course there. Just at that point, the trail narrows for a bit and then continues on the Sunnyvale near the dump (borregas and Carribbean). I got off the trail behind Yahoo on Mathilda and then rode back to Shoreline to my car. The whole trip took about 2 1/2 hrs. I would recommend that you ride in the morning when it is calm out so that you don't have to ride against the wind. Also, this time of the year, there is quite a bit of algae on the water. Doesn't look so pretty and sometimes smells. There's alot of wildlife there. I saw Pelicans and Canadian Geese. Happy riding!


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