Jogging is a great activity, but it can be a dangerous one if you do it in the wrong area. In August of 2018, an Altamont Corridor Express train hit a jogger in San Jose, sadly resulting in a fatality.
Pedestrians face unique risks when walking or jogging across an intersection. That is why it is much preferable for joggers to stick to designated trails in the area to avoid traffic entirely. Here are some of the best trails you will find around the Bay Area.
Oakland is right next to the water, so you can enjoy a jog while breathing in that fresh, salty sea air by the Oakland Estuary. From the trail, you will be able to see classic views of beautiful San Francisco.
Lake Merritt is a great place for a three mile jog in the heart of Oakland. There are benches and grassy areas for people-watching. The lake provides a paved loop, perfect for runners with a low rolling walkway.
Redwood Regional Park
One of the most popular trails in this park is the Canyon Meadow Staging Area. However, there are numerous paths of varying distances you can check out at your leisure. For people who are not so much into jogging, the park also makes for a beautiful hiking area you can explore with a partner.
Lake Temescal offers lakeside jogging views along with picnic areas, fishing and swimming in the summer. This park is popular, so runners might want to visit early to avoid the crowds.