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Hiking the Kortum Trail at Sonoma Coast State Park Hiking the Kortum Trail at Sonoma Coast State Park Hiking the Kortum Trail at Sonoma Coast State Park

A gorgeous but foggy coastal hike on the Kortum trail from Shell Beach to Goat Rock Beach offers a great hike through coastal wetlands on wooden walkways and a great view of shale bluffs and the Pacific coast from Sonoma Coast State Park.

Hiking among Giant Sequoias at Mariposa Grove in Yosemite Hiking among Giant Sequoias at Mariposa Grove in Yosemite Hiking among Giant Sequoias at Mariposa Grove in Yosemite

This hike through the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias at Yosemite National Park might be crowded, but it yields breathtaking examples of some of the earth’s oldest and largest trees.

A hike among Sequoia at Tuolumne Grove in Yosemite A hike among Sequoia at Tuolumne Grove in Yosemite A hike among Sequoia at Tuolumne Grove in Yosemite

The hike down to the Sequoia tree grove at Tuolumne Grove in Yosemite is hilly but hikers are rewarded with numerous large Sequoias and an old tree tunnel, without the crowd.

Hiking the Mt. Diablo Grand Loop Trail Hiking the Mt. Diablo Grand Loop Trail Hiking the Mt. Diablo Grand Loop Trail

Gorgeous hike with tremendous panoramic views circling and summiting the peak of Mt. Diablo in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wildflowers, vast views of the Bay Area and wildlife await.

Hike to Table Rock and the Palisades Trail from Mount Saint Helena to Oat Hill Mine Rd. Hike to Table Rock and the Palisades Trail from Mount Saint Helena to Oat Hill Mine Rd. Hike to Table Rock and the Palisades Trail from Mount Saint Helena to Oat Hill Mine Rd.

An excellent one way shuttled hike from Robert Louis Stevenson State Park to the Oat Hill Mine Rd. trailhead in Calistoga offers a technical trail full of excellent views of the Napa Valley.

Hike on the Smittle Creek Trail at Berryessa Hike on the Smittle Creek Trail at Berryessa Hike on the Smittle Creek Trail at Berryessa

A ranger-led hike on the Smittle Creek Trail at Lake Berryessa is an informative hike along the lake and creeks full of wildflowers and wildlife

Hiking the Brushy Peaks Trail to Bald Mountain in Sugarloaf Ridge SP Hiking the Brushy Peaks Trail to Bald Mountain in Sugarloaf Ridge SP Hiking the Brushy Peaks Trail to Bald Mountain in Sugarloaf Ridge SP

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park has several trails that offer good exercise and great views. From the Planet Walk to the trails near Bald Mountain this is one of my personal favorite north bay hiking spots.

Hike at Crane Creek Regional Park in Rohnert Park Hike at Crane Creek Regional Park in Rohnert Park Hike at Crane Creek Regional Park in Rohnert Park

Whether you’re disc golfing or hiking, Crane Creek offers gorgeous views in the Spring with green grass, wildflowers and oaks covered with spanish moss.

Hike through Helen Putnam Regional Park in Petaluma Hike through Helen Putnam Regional Park in Petaluma Hike through Helen Putnam Regional Park in Petaluma

An easy 5 mile hike through Helen Putnam Regional Park in Petaluma offers views of hills of rolling grasses and oak savannah.

Hike to Cascade Falls in Lake Tahoe Hike to Cascade Falls in Lake Tahoe Hike to Cascade Falls in Lake Tahoe

A gorgeous hike above Cascade Lake to Cascade Falls. Granite peaks, Lake Tahoe and snow covered mountains make a perfect backdrop for this hike to cascading waterfalls above Cascade Lake.

Hike on the Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve at Lake Berryessa Hike on the Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve at Lake Berryessa Hike on the Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve at Lake Berryessa

This fairly short but strenuous hike offers a good workout and great views of Lake Berryessa, and the higher peaks of the Central Coast Range including Mount Saint Helena.

Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area Ridge Trail Benicia Vallejo Buffer segment Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area Ridge Trail Benicia Vallejo Buffer segment Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area Ridge Trail Benicia Vallejo Buffer segment

A portion of the San Francisco Bay Area Ridge Trail runs through the Benicia Vallejo Buffer separating the cities with views of the northern San Francisco Bay and the Carquinez Strait.

Hiking the new trails at Moore Creek Park Regional Park and Open Space in Napa Hiking the new trails at Moore Creek Park Regional Park and Open Space in Napa Hiking the new trails at Moore Creek Park Regional Park and Open Space in Napa

Moore Creek Regional Park and Open Space is a new park in Napa with trails that are still under construction. One trail is complete offering 3.8 miles of hiking, with two others being constructed. Great views, a hidden pool and diverse terrain intermixed with cows.

Hiking the Stanly Ranch Public Trails and SF Bay Trail in Napa Hiking the Stanly Ranch Public Trails and SF Bay Trail in Napa Hiking the Stanly Ranch Public Trails and SF Bay Trail in Napa

Near the intersection of Hwy 29 and 12 in Napa is a trailhead for the Stanly Ranch Public Trails which are a non-contiguous (for now) portion of the San Francisco Bay Trail whose goal is to encircle the bay with a trail for hiking, biking and jogging. Perhaps the least exciting place to hike for right now…

Hike through Mount Hood Regional Park and Open Space Preserve Hike through Mount Hood Regional Park and Open Space Preserve Hike through Mount Hood Regional Park and Open Space Preserve

This fantastic north bay hike to the summit and beyond in Mount Hood Regional Park and Open Space Preserve is challenging but very rewarding with great views and a mix of terrains and trail types.

Walk through Maxwell Farms Regional Park Sonoma Walk through Maxwell Farms Regional Park Sonoma Walk through Maxwell Farms Regional Park Sonoma

A short stroll through Maxwell Farms Regional Park in Sonoma brings pleasant views of oak and bay trees along a nice creek. Easy walking with no hills.

Hike at Sonoma Valley Regional Park Hike at Sonoma Valley Regional Park Hike at Sonoma Valley Regional Park

A nice short hike through oak woodlands with a lake through Sonoma Valley Regional Park in Glen Ellen.

Hike in Lynch Canyon Open Space in Solano County Hike in Lynch Canyon Open Space in Solano County Hike in Lynch Canyon Open Space in Solano County

Currently only open weekends, this hike through Lynch Canyon Open Space has great views of Napa valley and the San Francisco Bay with over 10 miles of trails to choose from.

Hike through the trails near Los Posadas State Forest Hike through the trails near Los Posadas State Forest Hike through the trails near Los Posadas State Forest

This area in Angwin is a great stop for mountain biking or hiking with many unnamed trails meandering through the oak and redwood forests near Los Posadas State Forest.

Hiking the Rockville Hills Regional Park in Fairfield Hiking the Rockville Hills Regional Park in Fairfield Hiking the Rockville Hills Regional Park in Fairfield

A nice, small park with a vast number of trails, grasslands, oak woodlands, a lake and a number of rock formations and boulders offers nice views of the east bay.

Hiking the Tennessee Valley Trail in Marin Headlands Hiking the Tennessee Valley Trail in Marin Headlands Hiking the Tennessee Valley Trail in Marin Headlands

Great short coastal hike within the GGNRA Marin Headlands offers several trails to choose from in a valley leading to the coast.

Camping at Sunset Campground in Crystal Basin Recreation Area Camping at Sunset Campground in Crystal Basin Recreation Area Camping at Sunset Campground in Crystal Basin Recreation Area

Sunset Campground in Crystal Basin Recreation Area offers fairly spacious sites with great access to Union Valley Reservoir. A great place to camp.

Hiking the Shoreline Trail at China Camp SP Hiking the Shoreline Trail at China Camp SP Hiking the Shoreline Trail at China Camp SP

A short, easy hike with great views in China Camp State Park on the western shore of San Pablo Bay.

Hike to Echo Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park Hike to Echo Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park Hike to Echo Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Starting at Summit Lake this relatively easy hike to Echo Lake takes you by several smaller lakes and includes crossing a beautiful meadow. Excellent views of Lassen Peak and Bumpass Mountain.

Hiking the Loop Trail around Silver Lake in Lassen County Hiking the Loop Trail around Silver Lake in Lassen County Hiking the Loop Trail around Silver Lake in Lassen County

This loop trail around Silver Lake in Lassen County takes you through a pine forest and up on a rocky bluff overlooking the lake. Several small mountain lakes and large picturesque trees greet you.

Hiking trails at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park in Windsor Hiking trails at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park in Windsor Hiking trails at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park in Windsor

Several short loop hikes to choose from through Oak woodlands and grassy hills in Windsor, CA.

Hiking Ohair Park, Verissimo OSP, Stafford Lake and Indian Tree Preserve Hiking Ohair Park, Verissimo OSP, Stafford Lake and Indian Tree Preserve Hiking Ohair Park, Verissimo OSP, Stafford Lake and Indian Tree Preserve

This great hike in Novato, CA at the north end of the San Francisco Bay Area takes you through 4 different parks, starting at Ohair Park, onward to Little Mountain OSP, a short stroll through Verissimo OSP and on through Indian Trees Open Space Preserve.

Hike through Mount Burdell Open Space in Novato Hike through Mount Burdell Open Space in Novato Hike through Mount Burdell Open Space in Novato

Great spring hike in Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve offering miles of trails, scenic hilltop views and wildflowers galore. Watch for cow patties.

Hiking the Sonoma Ridge Trail in Jack London State Historic Park Hiking the Sonoma Ridge Trail in Jack London State Historic Park Hiking the Sonoma Ridge Trail in Jack London State Historic Park

A great trail in spring, the Sonoma Ridge Trail is part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail offering wildflowers, butterflies, historic sites and some great views.

Hiking Bernal Heights Park in San Francisco Hiking Bernal Heights Park in San Francisco Hiking Bernal Heights Park in San Francisco

Short hike on a hill in Bernal Heights Park in southeastern San Francisco with great views of the bay and city.

Hiking from Aetna Springs to Wild Lake through Napa County Hiking from Aetna Springs to Wild Lake through Napa County Hiking from Aetna Springs to Wild Lake through Napa County

A beautiful and serene hike from Aetna Springs to Wildlake through Napa County in late winter.

A Hike in Claremont Canyon Regional Park in Berkeley A Hike in Claremont Canyon Regional Park in Berkeley A Hike in Claremont Canyon Regional Park in Berkeley

This hike through Claremont Canyon is a good leg workout and offers breathtaking views of San Francisco and the bay.

Hike from Camp Richardson through Taylor Creek in Winter Hike from Camp Richardson through Taylor Creek in Winter Hike from Camp Richardson through Taylor Creek in Winter

A brisk winter walk along the beach of Lake Tahoe from Camp Richardson through Taylor Creek offers history, wildlife and great scenery.

Hiking Batteries to Bluffs Trail in San Francisco Hiking Batteries to Bluffs Trail in San Francisco Hiking Batteries to Bluffs Trail in San Francisco

Hikers flock to this scenic hike on sandy stairways along the Pacific coast with views of the Marin Headlands, Golden Gate Bridge, and the northwest tip of San Francisco.

Nature Hike through Ecocentro Danaus Nature Hike through Ecocentro Danaus Nature Hike through Ecocentro Danaus

A great walk through Ecocentro Danaus near La Fortuna in Costa Rica. Farmland reforested by nature chock full of plants and animals.

Hiking the Sky Walk in Monteverde Cloud Forest Hiking the Sky Walk in Monteverde Cloud Forest Hiking the Sky Walk in Monteverde Cloud Forest

A great hike in Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud Forest on the famed Sky Walk. Great flora and fauna and well constructed bridges.

Hike on the Hiddenbrooke Trail in Northern Bay Area Hike on the Hiddenbrooke Trail in Northern Bay Area Hike on the Hiddenbrooke Trail in Northern Bay Area

Hiddenbrooke Trail in Fairfield offers great views west toward the north portion of the San Francisco Bay and southward toward Mount Diablo.

Hiking the Oat Hill Mine Trail in Calistoga Hiking the Oat Hill Mine Trail in Calistoga Hiking the Oat Hill Mine Trail in Calistoga

A beautiful historic hiking trail along an old wagon wheel rutted road which once led to Oat Hill Mine where material for quicksilver was mined until the 1960s.

Hiking the River to Ridge Trail in Napa Hiking the River to Ridge Trail in Napa Hiking the River to Ridge Trail in Napa

Free parking at Lincoln Park in Napa for the trailhead of the River to Ridge Trail in Napa offers a good hike with lots of options for loops through Skyline Wilderness Park.

Hiking to Traverso Homestead in Bothe-Napa State Park Hiking to Traverso Homestead in Bothe-Napa State Park Hiking to Traverso Homestead in Bothe-Napa State Park

The hike to Traverso Homestead in Bothe-Napa State Park gives visitors a taste of everything the Bothe-Napa State Park has to offer.

Hiking the Martin's Path near Stinson Beach Hiking the Martin's Path near Stinson Beach Hiking the Martin's Path near Stinson Beach

Find a nice day and take a hike on the short Matin’s Path trail to the Pacific Ocean near Stinson Beach.

A Hike on the Steep Ravine Trail in Marin A Hike on the Steep Ravine Trail in Marin A Hike on the Steep Ravine Trail in Marin

Marin offers this great coastal hike in Northern California on the Steep Ravine Trail. Gorgeous redwoods, ocean views, and a cool sea breeze welcome you.

Camping at Lake Mendocino in Northern California Camping at Lake Mendocino in Northern California Camping at Lake Mendocino in Northern California

Summer camping at Lake Mendocino in Northern California with plenty of water to play in, and a disc golf course nearby!

Hiking the Lake Hennessey Trail Hiking the Lake Hennessey Trail Hiking the Lake Hennessey Trail

A hike on the Lake Hennessey Trail in northern Napa county offers wildflowers, lake views and an abrupt end at a No Tresspassing sign.

Hiking American Canyon Wetlands, Napa River and SF Bay Trails Hiking American Canyon Wetlands, Napa River and SF Bay Trails Hiking American Canyon Wetlands, Napa River and SF Bay Trails

Hiking along serene San Francisco Bay wetlands converted from a landfill and salt production area. This is a birder’s paradise with a large amount of wildlife, both winged and not.

Short hike on Limantour Beach in Southern Point Reyes Short hike on Limantour Beach in Southern Point Reyes Short hike on Limantour Beach in Southern Point Reyes

Took a very short hike along the beach at Limantour Beach in Point Reyes. The beach is very long and not all that crowded. The beach’s proximity keeps the waves fairly small here.

Camping in Samuel P. Taylor State Park in Marin Camping in Samuel P. Taylor State Park in Marin Camping in Samuel P. Taylor State Park in Marin

Great camping at Samuel P. Taylor State Park tucked in the Marin hills and kept cool by big redwood trees and a nearby creek.

Hiking the Tomales Point Trail in Point Reyes Hiking the Tomales Point Trail in Point Reyes Hiking the Tomales Point Trail in Point Reyes

One of my personal favorites, the hike on Tomales Point Trail in Point Reyes is almost ten of the most scenic miles you’ll ever find yourself hiking. Tule Elk, wildflowers galore and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean in northern Pt. Reyes.

Hiking the John Hoffnagle Loop from Poppy Flats to Wild Lake and Rattlesnake Ridge Hiking the John Hoffnagle Loop from Poppy Flats to Wild Lake and Rattlesnake Ridge Hiking the John Hoffnagle Loop from Poppy Flats to Wild Lake and Rattlesnake Ridge

A fairly strenuous 11 mile hike on Napa Land Trust parklands, the John Hoffnagle Trail starts at Poppy Flats and takes you along Deer Lake, Wild Lake and Rattlesnake Ridge.

Hiking Maggie's Peak and Devil's Well in Archer Taylor Preserve Hiking Maggie's Peak and Devil's Well in Archer Taylor Preserve Hiking Maggie's Peak and Devil's Well in Archer Taylor Preserve

Gorgeous hike in Archer Taylor Preserve takes you to the top of Maggie’s Peak for a great view of the San Francisco Bay Area and to Devil’s Well and a number of other waterfalls while hiking among pines, maples and redwoods.

Loop hike through Annadel State Park in Santa Rosa Loop hike through Annadel State Park in Santa Rosa Loop hike through Annadel State Park in Santa Rosa

A 10 mile loop trail through Santa Rosa’s Anndel State Park offers great northern California meadow views, Ilsanjo Lake, and lots of red clay trails with a number of boulders scattered about.

Hiking Healdsburg Open Space Preserve Trails Hiking Healdsburg Open Space Preserve Trails Hiking Healdsburg Open Space Preserve Trails

Healdsburg Open Space Preserve offers a fairly new network of trails with several loops and a small pond (Fox pond) for hikers with views of Healdsburg Simi Valley and the Russian River.

Sonoma Overlook Trail Hike Sonoma Overlook Trail Hike Sonoma Overlook Trail Hike

A short hike with good views overlooking the city of Sonoma and into the San Francisco Bay, the Sonoma Overlook Trail offers a few miles of single track trails and a couple loop choices.

Hiking the Rector Reservoir Trail in Yountville Hiking the Rector Reservoir Trail in Yountville Hiking the Rector Reservoir Trail in Yountville

This little-known trail takes hikers above Rector Reservoir on Department of Fish and Game land with excellent views of the Napa Valley from the east.

Hiking Bothe Napa Valley SP to Bale Grist Mill on History Trail Hiking Bothe Napa Valley SP to Bale Grist Mill on History Trail Hiking Bothe Napa Valley SP to Bale Grist Mill on History Trail

A historic hike from Bothe Napa State Park on the History Trail to Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park. Several biomes, an old cemetery, and a grist mill are on the agenda with this hike.

Hiking in Tomales Bay State Park Hiking in Tomales Bay State Park Hiking in Tomales Bay State Park

A short hike around trails through Tomales Bay State Park. Fern-covered forests and several beaches await.

Hiking the Napa River Trail North and South Segments Hiking the Napa River Trail North and South Segments Hiking the Napa River Trail North and South Segments

Two separated hikes along the Napa River Trail offer 10+ miles of hiking with two very different feels. Eventually this trail will be contiguous with a middle section added to connect them.

Hiking Zim Zim Falls Trail in Knoxville Wildlife Area Hiking Zim Zim Falls Trail in Knoxville Wildlife Area Hiking Zim Zim Falls Trail in Knoxville Wildlife Area

A hike through Knoxville Wildlife Area leading to a little known seasonal North San Francisco Bay Area Waterfall offers solitude and poison oak!

Hiking Bald Mountain in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park Hiking Bald Mountain in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park Hiking Bald Mountain in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

A hike to the top of Bald Mountain (2729 ft) in Sonoma County’s Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Kenwood offers a multitude of biomes, excellent wildlife viewing, and supreme views of the North San Francisco Bay Area.

Hiking San Pedro Valley to Montara State Beach Hiking San Pedro Valley to Montara State Beach Hiking San Pedro Valley to Montara State Beach

Watch for a nice clear day and escape the heat hiking from San Pedro Valley Park to Montara State Beach and McNee Ranch starting in Pacifica and ending in Montara, CA.

Spring Hike at Timberhill Park in Napa Spring Hike at Timberhill Park in Napa Spring Hike at Timberhill Park in Napa

Timberhill Park offers a nice serene hike among grassy hills and oak trees on the west side of Napa, CA. Bring your cowbell and you’ll fit right in. Take a side journey to a fun rope swing.

Hiking a loop trail to Sugarloaf Peak in Skyline Wilderness Park Hiking a loop trail to Sugarloaf Peak in Skyline Wilderness Park Hiking a loop trail to Sugarloaf Peak in Skyline Wilderness Park

This fairly long loop trail takes you to the top of Sugarloaf Peak in Skyline Wilderness Park in Napa, CA. The elevation change is about 2200 feet and this hike treats you to excellent views and a number of varying terrains

Snowshoeing Spooner Lake Near Tahoe Snowshoeing Spooner Lake Near Tahoe Snowshoeing Spooner Lake Near Tahoe

Snoswhoeing around frozen Spooner Lake in Nevada was a very scenic and fairly easy trek. Spooner Lake is located a little inland from the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe.

Hiking Cataract Falls Trail on Mt. Tamalpais Hiking Cataract Falls Trail on Mt. Tamalpais Hiking Cataract Falls Trail on Mt. Tamalpais

A gorgeous vertical hike along the Cataract Falls Trail on Mt. Tamplpais in Fairfield, CA. Seemingly endless waterfalls cascade along this wooded out and back trail. The hike ends with gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean overlooking Bolinas.

Short hike through Napa Ecological Reserve Short hike through Napa Ecological Reserve Short hike through Napa Ecological Reserve

A very short but bird-filled hike through Napa Ecological Reserve east of Yountville and north of Napa, CA.

A hike in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park to Table Rock and the Palisades Trail A hike in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park to Table Rock and the Palisades Trail A hike in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park to Table Rock and the Palisades Trail

Table Rock and the Palisades Trail offer an excellent wine country hike just outside of Calistoga, CA from the same parking lot as the hike to Mount Saint Helena. This trail heads South and East from the lot along rocky peaks visible on the drive up.

Hiking Mt. St. Helena in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park Hiking Mt. St. Helena in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park Hiking Mt. St. Helena in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

Breathtaking views from the top of Mt. St. Helena, the highest peak in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area. And how can you beat free entry into Robert Louis Stevenson State Park.

Hiking Bothe Napa Valley State Park Coyote Point and Ritchey Canyon Hiking Bothe Napa Valley State Park Coyote Point and Ritchey Canyon Hiking Bothe Napa Valley State Park Coyote Point and Ritchey Canyon

A great hike in Napa Valley to Bothe Napa Valley State Park (on the closure list). This hike was to Coyote Peak and a couple other trails to make a loop through Ritchey Canyon.

Hiking Lake Marie and the Bay Area Ridge Trail in Skyline Wilderness Park Hiking Lake Marie and the Bay Area Ridge Trail in Skyline Wilderness Park Hiking Lake Marie and the Bay Area Ridge Trail in Skyline Wilderness Park

Skyline Wilderness Park is a county park in Napa with a lot of different activities including two of my favorites: Hiking and Disc Golf. Play an 18 hole course or hike one of the eight trails through the park.

Hiking Alston Park in the North Bay Area Hiking Alston Park in the North Bay Area Hiking Alston Park in the North Bay Area

A very dog-friendly park on the west side of Napa with an off-leash area. Several short trails to choose from, this is a very wide open park with very few trees surrounding a wine vineyard.

Hiking Westwood Hills Park in Napa Hiking Westwood Hills Park in Napa Hiking Westwood Hills Park in Napa

A vast number of shorter distance single track and fire road trails await among rolling hills, oaks and mossy rocks in Napa.

Hiking Fifield Cahill and Bay Area Ridge Trail hike from Skyline Quarry Hiking Fifield Cahill and Bay Area Ridge Trail hike from Skyline Quarry Hiking Fifield Cahill and Bay Area Ridge Trail hike from Skyline Quarry

A volunteer guided 11 mile out and back group hike along the Fifield-Cahill and Bay Area Ridge Trails starting at Skyline Quarry out to Mile Marker 5.75 and back.

Camping at Pogie Point Campground in Mendocino Camping at Pogie Point Campground in Mendocino Camping at Pogie Point Campground in Mendocino

A weekend of camping at Pogie Point Campground on Lake Pillsbury located in the Mendocino National Forest.

Hiking Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve Hiking Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve Hiking Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve

A 4.6 mile hike through Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve winds through oak woodlands and chaparral in San Carlos just east of Hwy 280.

Hiking Edgeview County Park and Natural Preserve Hiking Edgeview County Park and Natural Preserve Hiking Edgeview County Park and Natural Preserve

A pleasant hike in Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve which contains a nearly 500 acre woodland full of interesting native plants and rare animal species offering views to the bay and the SF watershed.

Hiking Spooner Lake in Nevada-Lake Tahoe State Park Hiking Spooner Lake in Nevada-Lake Tahoe State Park Hiking Spooner Lake in Nevada-Lake Tahoe State Park

A simple but scenic 2+ mile hike encircling Spooner Lake in Nevada-Lake Tahoe State Park.

Hiking Fifield-Cahill part of Bay Area Ridge Trail Hiking Fifield-Cahill part of Bay Area Ridge Trail Hiking Fifield-Cahill part of Bay Area Ridge Trail

The Fifield-Cahill Trail meanders through Douglas Fir forests in San Francisco’s watershed between Crystal Springs Reservoir and Lake Pilacitos. The land is owned by the SF Public Utilities Council and only guided hikes are currently permitted.

Hiking the Bay Area Ridge Trail on Russian Ridge Hiking the Bay Area Ridge Trail on Russian Ridge Hiking the Bay Area Ridge Trail on Russian Ridge

Russian Ridge lies east of Palo Alto right off Hwy 35 a little south of Hwy 84. Grand views of wind swept hillsides mixed with shaded oak forest and a natural spring await.

Hike to Grass Lake in Desolation Wilderness Hike to Grass Lake in Desolation Wilderness Hike to Grass Lake in Desolation Wilderness

This is a short, easy hike at elevation to Grass Lake in Desolation Wilderness from the Glen Alpine Trailhead. Time your trip well or you may experience a lot of snow, flooded trail, and several dangerous river crossings.

Camping at Camp Richardon on Lake Tahoe Camping at Camp Richardon on Lake Tahoe Camping at Camp Richardon on Lake Tahoe

Camp Richardson is a resort on the Southwest end of Lake Tahoe off Hwy 89 shortly north of the Y in South Lake Tahoe. They have a general store, restaurant/bar, beach access, and offer camping for RVs and tent campers.

SF Bay Trail in Redwood Shores SF Bay Trail in Redwood Shores SF Bay Trail in Redwood Shores

The SF Bay Trail’s most southern portion of the San Francisco Peninsula runs along a couple sloughs with plenty of wildlife habitat including areas set out for endangered species.

Hiking the San Francisco Bay Trail in San Mateo and Foster City Hiking the San Francisco Bay Trail in San Mateo and Foster City Hiking the San Francisco Bay Trail in San Mateo and Foster City

The SF Bay Trail circles the San Francisco Bay. This paved hike’s portion of the trail starts at Shoreline Park in San Mateo and ends beyond the San Mateo bridge in Foster City.

Hiking in Big Basin - Redwood Memorial Trail and Skyline to the Sea Hiking in Big Basin - Redwood Memorial Trail and Skyline to the Sea Hiking in Big Basin - Redwood Memorial Trail and Skyline to the Sea

Gorgeous tree-canopied hike through the Redwood Loop Trail and it’s giant redwood trees, followed by an out and back journey to Berry Creek Falls along the Skyline to the Sea Trail.

A hike on the San Francisco Bay Trail in Burlingame A hike on the San Francisco Bay Trail in Burlingame A hike on the San Francisco Bay Trail in Burlingame

Continuing my exploration of the SF Bay Trail, this section was in Burlingame on the peninsula and included Coyote Point County Park.

Hiking Sawyer Camp Trail along San Andreas Lake Hiking Sawyer Camp Trail along San Andreas Lake Hiking Sawyer Camp Trail along San Andreas Lake

The Sawyer Camp Trail in San Bruno is a popular paved trail for bicyclists and hikers which runs alongside San Andreas Lake, a reservoir for the San Francisco area’s drinking water.

Hiking Tomales Point Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore Hiking Tomales Point Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore Hiking Tomales Point Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore

The Tomales Point Trail is a 9.5 mile hike along a northern peninsula of Point Reyes National Seashore between Tomales Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Herds of Tule Elk, flocks of sea birds, wildflowers, and excellent coastal views treat hikers on this beautiful hike in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Hiking San Francisco Bay Trail in Millbrae and Burlingame Hiking San Francisco Bay Trail in Millbrae and Burlingame Hiking San Francisco Bay Trail in Millbrae and Burlingame

The San Francisco Bay Trail is over 500 miles of mostly paved trails that encircle the San Francisco Bay. View a description and photos of a hike along the portion south of SFO in Millbrae and Burlingame.

Tidepool Walk at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Tidepool Walk at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Tidepool Walk at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

The best tidepools in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fitzgerald Marine Reserve isn’t much of a hike but offers you freedom to walk around expansive tidepools and a perfectly clean beach. Watch for low tides to visit.

Hiking to Lower Yosemite Falls Hiking to Lower Yosemite Falls Hiking to Lower Yosemite Falls

Somewhat seasonal, Yosemite Falls is one of the highlights of visiting the National Park. A nice short hike that isn’t too wet and offers a number of great photograph opportunities.

Hiking to Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite Hiking to Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite Hiking to Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite

Bridalveil Falls flows year-round from Bridalveil Creek and is the first set of falls seen as you enter Yosemite Valley. Prepare to get a little wet on this nice, short and paved hike to it’s base.

Hiking to Mirror Lake and Meadow Hiking to Mirror Lake and Meadow Hiking to Mirror Lake and Meadow

Great views and a pleasant trail through the northeast end of Yosemite Valley, the hike to Mirror Lake is a must do short hike while visiting the Yosemite Valley.

Camping at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Camping at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Camping at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite

Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite lies in the Yosemite Valley east of Curry Village. It is the closest to Happy Isles and the Mist Trail with a seasonal creek behind some of the sites. Site 174 was great.

Hiking Twin Peaks in San Francisco Hiking Twin Peaks in San Francisco Hiking Twin Peaks in San Francisco

Gorgeous views atop some famous hills in San Francisco, Twin Peaks north and south summits might be crowded, but the view is worth a visit at least once.

Hiking the tallest SF peak at Mt. Davidson Park Hiking the tallest SF peak at Mt. Davidson Park Hiking the tallest SF peak at Mt. Davidson Park

The tallest peak in San Francisco, Mount Davidson park bears a giant cross statue and has several short trails to choose from. Shade awaits at the top.

Hiking SF Bay Trail in Candlestick Point SRA Hiking SF Bay Trail in Candlestick Point SRA Hiking SF Bay Trail in Candlestick Point SRA

The lengthy SF Bay Trail runs alongside the SF Bay and 3COM/Candlestick Park in the section named Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. Two and a half miles of scenic bay hiking to be had here.

Hiking Angel Island State Park in the SF Bay Hiking Angel Island State Park in the SF Bay Hiking Angel Island State Park in the SF Bay

Take a ferry to hike or bike on the gorgeous island called Angel’s Island State Park. Excellent 360 degree view of the San Francisco Bay from Mount Livermore, the highest point on the island.

Hiking Beaches at Garrapata State Park Hiking Beaches at Garrapata State Park Hiking Beaches at Garrapata State Park

Wow, the beaches here are gorgeous and the Pacific Coastal Range rises abruptly along Highway 1 South of Monterey at Garrapata State Park.

Hiking Bay Area Ridge Trail and others in San Francisco Presidio Hiking Bay Area Ridge Trail and others in San Francisco Presidio Hiking Bay Area Ridge Trail and others in San Francisco Presidio

The Presidio has a lot of hiking trails situated in the northwesternmost part of the city. Great views of the Golden Gate and Pacific Ocean await.

Hike on Lands End Trail in San Francisco CA Hike on Lands End Trail in San Francisco CA Hike on Lands End Trail in San Francisco CA

The Land’s End trail on the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco offers an excellent and relaxing hike with gorgeous sunset views.

A hike on the Crocker Park Recreational Trail in Brisbane A hike on the Crocker Park Recreational Trail in Brisbane A hike on the Crocker Park Recreational Trail in Brisbane

Crocker Park Recreational Trail in Brisbane is a nice little exercise trail if you happen to live in the area. If you’re looking for a destination hike from a distance, look elsewhere.