Separated from San Francisco by the bay, the eastern part of the San Francisco metropolitan area includes several independent cities with their own unique appeal; Alameda, Oakland, Berkley, Richmond, and San Pablo to name a few. The East Bay boasts some of the best options for outdoor activities near San Francisco, hiking the Tilden Natural Area, rock climbing Mt. Diablo State Park, biking the San Francisco Bay Trail, kayaking Richmond Marina to Brooks Island Preserve, and much more. Over 125,000 acres of regional park and open space bridge the gap between urbanization and the outdoors, making the East Bay the heart of outdoor adventure in the greater Bay Area.
For a classic introduction to the San Francisco Bay, try kayaking the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail beginning at Richmond Marina. Enjoy views of the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance while paddling the calm waters. If you prefer to stay dry, walk, run, or bike the paved San Francisco Bay Trail. Keep an eye out for wildlife including harbor seals, migratory shorebirds, and the crabs, sea stars, and other marine invertebrates that live in the intertidal zones.
East Bay Outdoor Classes and Group Tours
REI offers guided tours and classes around and near the East Bay. Classes sell out quickly. Only available on select days.