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Iron Horse Trail

Posted by Ted on May 2, 2010 in Biking
Iron Horse Trail

Iron Horse Trail

I bagged another rail trail on Friday, this time opting for an inland route.  The Iron Horse Regional Trail follows a Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way established in 1891 and abandoned in 1977. I first rode down to Fruitvale BART station, grabbed a couple of tacos, and then took it to the end of the line, to Dublin/Pleasanton BART. Never having ridden that section of the system, it was prettier than I expected going through Castro Valley and the hills between Hayward and Dublin.

Then I hopped on the trail, and took it all the way to the Pleasant Hills BART – the only way to get between the two stations without changing trains. The trail extended another mile or two beyond, but I turned around and headed back to Dublin. It’s a very easy 40 miles, flat and largely devoid of traffic. To the west were the Oakland hills, to the east was Mt. Diablo, and it passes along a small creek, a string of electrical towers, over a couple of bridges, and through some more urban areas. It also passed right behind a high school just as it was letting out for the day, which proved to be quite distracting.

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