Date: 7/17/20 3:19 pm
From: Ben Pearl <bpearl...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Legal Parking For The Bay Trail Near the A8 Salt Pond Complex
Hi all,

Pond A8 is scheduled for additional restoration actions as part of Phase II
of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. I assume that as part of
the restoration, the planned trails will be completed and become open to
the public. I don't know the exact timeline for when work on A8 will
begin, as construction is currently ongoing at the Ravenswood ponds in
Menlo Park, and I believe ponds A1 and A2W will be worked on before A8. As
such, I would not expect trails to open there for 5-10 years.

If you want to keep up to date on project plans, you can visit for more information.


On Fri, Jul 17, 2020 at 2:45 PM Chuq Von Rospach via <chuqui=
<> wrote:

> I went and did some looking on this since I was curious.
> On the Bay Trail site ( most of
> the trail shown there is listed as "Planned". There is a bridge along the
> water past the Fairfield listed on both the bay trail map and Google maps
> as "the notch", and there's an existing bit of trail from that notch back
> towards gold street to where it hits the bridge that crosses N over the
> Guadalupe. Beyond both bridges the trails are listed as "planned", so the
> only "formal" trail is that one shore segment. The trail that leads S and W
> from the "notch" bridge is also marked as "planned" to where it does a
> switchback and them wanders E and S to connect into the San Tomas Aquino
> Creek trail.
> That said, there are clear trails shown on the map on google that seem to
> be usable, they haven't been formally added to the Bay Trail but there are
> trails there. I would think if you don't see no tresspassing signs at some
> point there's no reason to not use them.
> On Jul 17, 2020, at 10:58 AM, Frank Vanslager via <
> Vanslagerf=<> wrote:
> I thought I'd look to see if there is any legal parking on the west side
> of the RR tracks near the eastern edge of A8 at Alviso. So I got off 237
> at Lafayette and continued through the traffic light at the Gold Street
> Connector to enter that hotel complex. I kept bearing to the right until I
> finally got to an end at Fairfield Suites and Residence Inn (see photo
> #1). Success! Right there are 4 parking spaces labeled "Bay Trail
> Parking" and "Public Shore Parking" (see photo #2).
> Facing west from there is a sign labeled "Trail Rules" (see photo #3). So
> I walked west for a couple hundred yards to get to my usual stopping point
> on the hill overlooking A8. I didn't go further. However, there were 3
> separate fishermen with a lot of equipment down at the shore and on the
> spillway. Later one of the fishermen left, and I saw that he was using the
> hotel's parking lot.
> I couldn't figure out where the public trail is supposed to go. Is it
> just one of those future trail segments that later generations will use but
> the current one cannot?
> ---------------------------------------
> Chuq Von Rospach
> Email: <chuqui...> <chuqui...>
> Twitter: @chuq
> Silicon Valley, California

Ben Pearl, M.S.
Plover and Tern Program Director
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
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