As an avid hiker and perpetual seeker of new things, setting foot on a new trail always gives me a hard time. As far as I know I have hiked all trails in San Francisco as well as many trails in the East Bay, Marin and Peninsula. But I’m always looking for something new. One weekend while browsing AllTrails.com, I came across an intriguing list for the ‘landfill loop’ in Richmond. With a name like that, I knew I had to check it out.
The 2.8-mile course circles the 180-acre, 158-foot-high Republic Services landfill known as “Garbage Mountain.” It has been open since 2011 and is part of the San Francisco Bay Trail. It was created to provide public access to the shoreline of San Pablo Bay, fill a gap in the Bay Trail, and provide public access as part of the landfill closure plan.