Adventures Tagged: Peninsula

Hiking the Philosopher's Way in McLaren Park San Francisco Hiking the Philosopher's Way in McLaren Park San Francisco Hiking the Philosopher's Way in McLaren Park San Francisco

The Philosopher’s Way trails in McLaren Park in southern San Francisco, CA offer a thought provoking walk through Eucalyptus woods and grasslands with some great views of San Francisco from the south.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Hiking in McLaren Park in San Francisco Hiking in McLaren Park in San Francisco Hiking in McLaren Park in San Francisco

McLaren Park is a large city park on the southern end of San Francisco. In addition to an offleash dog walking area it has a couple reservoirs, water towers and a few miles of hiking trails with some wonderful views of San Francisco.

Hiking the SF Bay Trail in South San Francisco Hiking the SF Bay Trail in South San Francisco Hiking the SF Bay Trail in South San Francisco

This section of the San Francisco Bay Trail is in South San Francisco and Brisbane, California. The Bay Trail will eventually surround the entire bay. This is a very scenic and non-crowded section which has a number of good photo opportunities.

Hike at Mussel Rock in Pacifica California Hike at Mussel Rock in Pacifica California Hike at Mussel Rock in Pacifica California

I bet Scooby Doo wouldn’t have tried sailing around Mussel Rock. This was an odd hike. The area is full of landslide, and landslide protection. In fact you hike on it. Will have to visit on a clear day but the highlight is definitely making your way down to the rocks at low tide right by Mussel Rock itself.

Hiking at Monte Bello Hiking at Monte Bello Hiking at Monte Bello

Monte Bello Open Space Preserve has a lot of trails to choose from, some of which have nice flora/fauna signage. There’s a great mix of open grass hills and fairly dense oak forest. A small creek has running water all year and offers some nice areas to relax.

Hiking Montara mountain via San Pedro Valley Hiking Montara mountain via San Pedro Valley Hiking Montara mountain via San Pedro Valley

Excellent coastal hike in Pacifica and Montara, CA to the summit of Montara Mountain. Excellent views and a great variety of trails, flora and fauna.

Hiking San Bruno Mountain State and County Park Hiking San Bruno Mountain State and County Park Hiking San Bruno Mountain State and County Park

San Bruno Mountain State and County Park offers excellent views of San Francisco from the south side and a view of the bay, Mt. Diablo, and even Mt. Tamalpais. The moderate Ridge Trail is my favorite and gives you a taste of the whole park.

Thornton State Beach Trail Thornton State Beach Trail Thornton State Beach Trail

Part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail (though not technically much of a ridge), this is a nice place to hike around in sand dunes in Daly City if you can find a day without fog. Probably best in the early fall.

Hiking El Corte Madera Creek Preserve Trails Hiking El Corte Madera Creek Preserve Trails Hiking El Corte Madera Creek Preserve Trails

Miles of hiking trails through redwoods, fir trees, and a creek, the El Corte De Madera Open Space Preserve is a destination for hikers and bikers.

Hiking a Redwood forest at Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve Hiking a Redwood forest at Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve Hiking a Redwood forest at Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve

This is a very beautiful and serene hike near Half Moon Bay with a perfect amount of elevation change and differing views. One of my favorites on the peninsula, go check it out!

Hiking amongst hang Gliders at Fort Funston Hiking amongst hang Gliders at Fort Funston Hiking amongst hang Gliders at Fort Funston

Hiking along Fort Funston can be a little crowded but offers great ocean views and a special treat in having hang gliders flying by you as you walk.

Hiking the Mori Point Trail in Pacifica California Hiking the Mori Point Trail in Pacifica California Hiking the Mori Point Trail in Pacifica California

Mori Point is on the more northern side of Pacific on the peninsula. It’s a fairly short hike but offers some minor elevation change and great views of the Pacific ocean. Stop by the cafe at the pier for a snack.

Hiking in Wunderlich County Park Hiking in Wunderlich County Park Hiking in Wunderlich County Park

A stroll through the Redwoods in Woodside, CA in Wunderlich County Park. Included are the Bear Gulch Trail and others.

Hiking through Huddart County Park Hiking through Huddart County Park Hiking through Huddart County Park

A cool hike through redwoods in Woodside, CA, Huddart County Park offers several choices in trails with fair distance and a nice foresty feel.

Hiking at Milagra Ridge Hiking at Milagra Ridge Hiking at Milagra Ridge

A hike along the coast in Pacifica, CA. Milagra Ridge County Park is currently going through restoration (and preservation). Offers great views north to Mt. Tamalpais and south along the Coastal Mountains.

Hiking Juipero Serra County Park Hiking Juipero Serra County Park Hiking Juipero Serra County Park

A short but nice hike through Junipero Serra County Park in San Mateo, CA. Included are photos from the Quail Loop Trail and more.

Hiking in Big Basin State Park Hiking in Big Basin State Park Hiking in Big Basin State Park

Big Basin Redwoods State Park is located in the Santa Cruz mountains off Hwy 35. Giant trees and a cool shady hike with waterfalls await.

Trail at Ano Nuevo curved by an earthquake fault Elephant seals on the beach at Ano Nuevo Coastline of the Pacific Ocean at Ano Nuevo

Ano Nuevo is west of Hwy 1 not too far north of Half Moon Bay. Dramatic earthquake faults and coastline mixed with sand dunes and elephant seals.

Hiking Lands End trails in San Francisco Hiking Lands End trails in San Francisco Hiking Lands End trails in San Francisco

Land’s End is on the far north west edges of San Francisco and the peninsula. This hike offers great views of beaches, cliffs, the Golden Gate Bridge, several shipwrecks and boats sailing.

Hiking on Sweeney Ridge in Pacifica CA Hiking on Sweeney Ridge in Pacifica CA Hiking on Sweeney Ridge in Pacifica CA

Hiking on Sweeney Ridge in Pacifica offers views of the bay and the ocean. It is the site of a few old military buildings and the Portola Expedition’s Discovery Site.