Promoting ecologically appropriate public access and
low-impact hiking and biking trails along Alameda Creek, particularly
through Niles Canyon
The Alameda Creek Alliance will be working with the East Bay Regional Park District, Zone 7 Water Agency, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and other agencies to identify and prioritize public hiking and biking trail links in the Alameda Creek watershed.
The highest priority trail connection is through Niles Canyon, linking the Alameda Creek Trail along lower Alameda Creek and the Bay Trail with trails and regional parks in Sunol, Pleasanton and Livermore. Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle has begun a Niles Canyon Corridor Multi-Use Trail initiative, a conceptual project that will create a pedestrian and bicycle trail up Niles Canyon, from Mission Boulevard in Fremont to Sunol. This project would help complete a gap between the Bay Trail and regional trails in the Tri-Valley. The East Bay Regional Park District is beginning to study the feasibility of developing a 20-foot wide bicycle/pedestrian trail through Niles Canyon from Mission Blvd to Sunol.
The Park District is also evaluating a ridgeline natural surface trail connecting Vargas Plateau to the proposed watershed center at the Sunol Water Temple site; and a trail from Garin Regional Park to Vallejo Mills Park, at the bottom of Niles Canyon. Other planned trail links include EBRPD plans for a trail through the Sunol Valley along Alameda Creek, and various segments along Arroyo de la Laguna and Arroyo Mocho planned by Zone 7.