Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve

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San Pablo Bay
Looking out over San Pablo Bay towards parts of Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano County. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Highpoint?  Almost
Coppertone at one of the highest points on the island. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Base View
Mare Island's naval base buildings are separated from Vallejo on the far shore by the Napa River. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Hardened facility
Some of the bunkers and facilities here can be on the large side. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Bunker Road
Coppertone walks along the paved road called Bunker Road for the many installations along its length. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
View from a bunker
Coppertone as seen from one of the many bomb shelters and ammo storage bunkers found on Mare Island. The Napa River and Vallejo are in the background. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Log Entries
Rougher side of Mare Island
By Austin Explorer on 3/12/2017
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 2.43 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 18 minutes

Coppertone and I were spending the day exploring Mare Island.  We started off the day hiking at the nearby Mare Island San Pablo Bay Trail, drove around looking at the buildings on the old naval base and then stopped by here to get info for a future visit.

We stopped in at the welcome center adjacent to the trailhead and the folks were so helpful and encouraging that we ended up going for a hike anyway.

Unlike our first hike of the day, this one includes a bit of elevation gain, though nothing too terribly difficult.  There are ample rewards with vista views over San Pablo Bay, the Napa River and the Carquinez Straight.

The later start meant we had to deal with more bugs than were out earlier in the day, which tended to make us keep moving.  There are enough trails, views and history to ensure a return trip for us in the near future.

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