Hike of the Week: John & Jean Starkweather Shoreline Park, San Rafael
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Is it a hike or more of an urban stroll? We can’t decide, but when the parks and beaches get too crowded, the John & Jean Starkweather Shoreline Park in San Rafael offers stunning views, bay breezes, and flat, easily walkable terrain.
There are plenty of benches to stop and watch the amazing assortment of sea birds along this three-mile stretch. The park runs along the shoreline from Pickleweed Park and continues south until the intersection with Francisco Blvd.
If you park in the Target parking lot located at 125 Shoreline Parkway, you are approximately at the halfway point. Locals in the know report that this was once the location for the San Rafael dump and much of the breakwater in the southern section is made from cool-looking recycled construction materials.
Good information about the John & Jean Starkweather Shoreline Park including directions can be found at alltrails.com.
Additionally, here are some other simple recommendations to follow when you hike:
- Bring a water bottle
- Maintain 6 feet of distance from other hikers
- Bring face coverings/masks