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Matthias Kohler and Dan Greene compare strategies on the Red course at Big Basin 9/21/01 (Photo: Tony Pinkham)

Coyote Hills

Date: Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004
Location: Fremont, CA.
Event Director: - 415.681.7075
Course Setters: Dean French
Type: C; National Orienteering Day; Beginner Courses sure to be available

This small, open park, cooled by the Bay Breezes, is a great place for beginner and intermediate orienteers.

This event is part of the National Orienteering Day Festivities, is designed as the perfect opportunity to try Orienteering for those with no or little experience of orienteering. Coyote Hills Regional Park is in Fremont, right by the Dumbarton Bridge, and is a cluster of hills rising up to about 80m above the Bay. Mostly open grassland, the area has easy to moderate navigation and fantastic views all the way up to Marin. The surrounding salt flats offer great bird-watching and the area is a favorite for picnics.

Punching a control at Shoreline Egg-O, 1997

No pre-registration is necessary - please plan to arrive between 9:30am and noon (starts are staggered so anytime in this window is fine). For the White and Yellow courses, it typically takes anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to complete the course. As always, you must report to the finish by 2:00pm whether you complete the course or not (we don't want to have to go looking for you!) For more information about the typical costs and schedule at orienteering events, please see our FAQ.

Course info will be available closer to the event.

Driving Directions

Coyote Hills is located just north of the east end of the Dumbarton Bridge in Fremont.

From 880 in Fremont, exit at Decoto Road (a.k.a. 84 West) and go west on the freeway that leads to the Dumbarton bridge. After you are on Highway 84 on your way to the Dumbarten Bridge, about 2 miles west from 880, exit at the Thornton Ave. / Paseo Padre exit, and turn right (north) on Paseo Padre. (Note that both Paseo Padre and Thornton also cross 880, but you don't want to exit at either of those.) After about 1 mile, turn left at the entrance to Coyote Hills Regional Park and follow orienteering signs.

From the Peninsula, take 84 east to the Dumbarton Bridge. After you have crossed the bridge and passed the toll plaza, take the first exit at Thornton Ave/ Paseo Padre. Turn left (north) on Paseo Padre and proceed about 1 mile, turning left at the entrance to Coyote Hills Regional Park.

Please note there is an EBRPD parking fee of $4 per car.