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.