Iron Horse Trail

Iron Horse Trail

This morning, my brother Mark and I went for a bicycle ride on the East Bay’s Iron Horse Trail.

About The Trail

This multi-use, whole-access trail between the cities of Concord and Pleasanton follows the Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way established in 1891 and abandoned in 1977.

The Iron Horse Trail is ideal for bicycle riding. The trail is flat and paved. Most importantly, motor vehicles are not permitted on the trail so you don’t have to worry about dodging cars. The trail can be quite busy with walkers, joggers, bicycles, and sometimes horses, so you do have to pay attention to your surroundings and pass people safely.

At 9 AM we loaded our bikes on my car’s bike rack and drove to the Castro Valley BART station, where we parked the car and unloaded our bikes. We brought our bikes on BART and rode a train east to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station, which is the southern end of the Iron Horse Trail. We hopped on our bikes at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station and rode north on the Iron Horse Trail for 9.4 miles to Danville, where we turned around and rode back on the same 9.4 miles to return to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. Then we rode BART back to Castro Valley. We arrived back home shortly after 1 PM.

Our total bike mileage on the Iron Horse Trail today was 18.8 miles. The weather was cool and cloudy. A few drops of light rain fell for a moment or two but the skies were dry for most of our ride. Today’s ride was fantastic, but tiring. I can already tell that I’ll be sore for a day or two.

In a few weeks, we’ll ride the Iron Horse Trail again. Next time, we’ll avoid doubling back on same section of the trail. We’ll take BART from Castro Valley to Concord or Pleasant Hill and then ride south along all, or most, of the Iron Horse Trail to Dublin. Then we’ll ride BART from Dublin to Castro Valley to return home.

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