At this time of the year, the marshes are turning red, which is why we return to Point Pinole Regional Park to paint the Parchester Marsh on the western side of the park. Thanks, Karen Zullo Sherr, for leading this trip! Click here for a trail map. Getting to the northern edge of the Parchester Marsh is a much shorter walk than to the Whittel Marsh, but it will still take you about ten minutes, and the path is level but not always paved. We meet at the parking lot, where there is water and bathrooms. If the ranger is there, they will charge you for entering the park, so bring at least $5. just in case.
Directions from 80: Take the Richmond Parkway exit and turn west toward the water. Stay on the center lane so you can continue past San Pablo Ave without turning. Once you pass San Pablo Ave, watch for the Giant Rd exit. Take the Giant Rd exit ramp, make a right at the light and go downhill. Make another right at the light and cross the railroad tracks. Continue on Giant Rd past the Parchester Village development on your left. The park's entrance will be on your left.