Adventures Tagged: North Bay

Hiking on the Hoo Koo E Koo Trail on Mt. Tamalpais State Park Hiking on the Hoo Koo E Koo Trail on Mt. Tamalpais State Park Hiking on the Hoo Koo E Koo Trail on Mt. Tamalpais State Park

This was a short hike with fire roads, single track, a waterfall, great views of San Francisco and its bay, and a look down into the canyon with Muir Woods.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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 through Muir Woods Hiking through Muir Woods Hiking through Muir Woods

An excellent winter hike through Muir woods including the Bootjack trail, Troop 80 trail, Panoramic trail, Sierra Trail and the Camp Eastwood trail. Views of flowing creeks, the Pacific Ocean, Redwoods, ferns and mushrooms.

Camp Outback and the Russian River Beer Revival Camp Outback and the Russian River Beer Revival Camp Outback and the Russian River Beer Revival

Poison Oak aside (I got it REALLY bad here), this was a great little campground in Guerneville which provided an excellent place to pass out after the nearby 8th Annual Russian River Beer Revival and BBQ Cookoff at the Stumptown Brewery.

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Long holes, good hiking, scenic, challenging and sometimes a little muddy. Stafford Lake in Novato is home to a giant hole 8 at 1,044 feet.

Skyline Wilderness Disc Golf course in Napa Skyline Wilderness Disc Golf course in Napa Skyline Wilderness Disc Golf course in Napa

Treat yourself to a day in the far North Bay for scenic discing at Skyline Wilderness’s 18-hole course in Napa, CA. Best in winter or spring while the grasses are green and the heat index low.