Thursday, May 5, 2011

Emeryville, Powell St. - May 4, '11

Walking Distance: 3.8 mi. (estimate)
Walking Time: 1 hr., 22 min. (7:18 - 8:40 p.m.)
Start and End Point: near Roba's Pizza, 2320 Powell St., Emeryville, CA

This evening I fought through commute hour traffic to go walking in Emeryville, in the East Bay. I arrived with just enough daylight to walk a few miles around a relatively urban area starting at Powell Street.

I parked along the (red line on map) area of Powell St., west of the freeway in the Eastshore State Park area. Walking east on Powell, I first turned left and walked the frontage road to Shorebird Park. After taking in a sunset over the Bay, I turned around and took a left onto Powell -- walking east, under the freeway underpass, where I enjoyed numerous metal sculptural figures.

Within a block or two, I encountered a small obstacle -- a no pedestrians allowed sign, on Powell, so I maneuvered my way to Shellmound St., and followed Shellmound south, past some hotels and shopping malls, and a large IKEA store, up a sidewalk on the side of another concrete overpass. After walking over and down the other side, enjoying a brief view of Mt. Tamalpais through a metal fence and some concrete from a concrete rise, I found myself across the street from another shopping mall, and turned around in front of a Rug Depot Outlet (40th and Hubbard Streets).

I walked back the same way, except I walked meandered down the Bay Street shopping street (outdoor mall); and I jogged left on Christie Ave. from Shellmound St. to cut through to Powell St. One final view I was treated to -- a view of the Bay Bridge going into San Francisco, all lit up and beautiful.

Wildlife Sightings:
2 Canada geese

1 comment:

  1. FYI- pedestrians cannot walk alongside the cars on the Powell St. overpass BUT there is a walkway on the north side of the bridge for pedestrians; if you walk through the Hyatt parking lot to the back corner, you'll see a chain-linked covered walkway alongside the top of the bridge with a set of stairs on either side. The Powell bridge goes over the Amtrack rail lines, which is why pedestrians can't simply cross that area without stairs and designated walkways.

    That walkway is bit neglected and isolated-- if traveling by yourself, I suggest crossing the rail lines by going one block further North and using the well-lit crossway at the Amtrack parking lot off Shellmound.