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Point Pinole, Richmond

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The Point Pinole Regional Shoreline is a regional park on the shores of the San Pablo Bay, California (the northern arm of the San Francisco Bay), in the United States. It is approximately 2315acre in area, and is operated by the East Bay Regional Park District. It is the home of the Point Pinole Lagoon and Whittel Beach and a festival.
Point Pinole is located in the city of Richmond, California. It is on the site of a number of former explosives factories; the largest of these was operated by the Giant Powder Company, which was relocated to this relatively remote spot following accidental explosions at its former sites in San Francisco and at Albany Hill. Giant had built the first dynamite manufacturing plant in the United States at a site known as Glen Canyon Park, which started up on March 19, 1898. On November 26, 1869, there was an explosion that destroyed every building on the site (including the fence around the plant). The plant was forced to move farther away from heavily populated areas. Another explosion occurred at the Albany Hill plant in 1892, before Giant built its last plant in the lightly populated area of Pinole Point. Giant created a small unincorporated community, which it named Giant, California. Later, the Giant community became the established Croatian community of Sobrante
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  • This is a great place to really get away from traffic, people, etc. It's a beautiful place with well groomed trails and a fishing pier. Careful though the walk from the parking area to the point is...  more »
  • A good place to run off-pavement. Beautiful bay views. It's mostly flat, unlike the trails in the hills. There are many dirt-road trails, and many hold up well to wet weather. A loop of it can.....  more »

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