Adventures Tagged: Recreation Area

Rainy Hike on the Judge Davis Trail at Cache Creek Rainy Hike on the Judge Davis Trail at Cache Creek Rainy Hike on the Judge Davis Trail at Cache Creek

A rainy 10.8 mile hike with 2800 feet of elevation gain on the Judge Davis Trail down to Wilson Valley offered great views and some seriously mud-caked hiking shoes.

Hike on the trails at Benicia State Recreation Area Hike on the trails at Benicia State Recreation Area Hike on the trails at Benicia State Recreation Area

Probably best during warm weather, this hike through Benicia SRA offers nice views of the most narrow portion of the San Francisco Bay and includes unique views of the Carquinez Bridge.

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 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 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 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 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.

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.

Free Campsite in West Point Campground Free Campsite in West Point Campground Free Campsite in West Point Campground

Stayed here for free during “Labor Week” 2010 as a staging for backpacking the following day. We fished at the dam of Union Valley Reservoir and spent one night here. Wasn’t too bad.

Dispersed camping (and gear) at Union Valley Reservoir Dispersed camping (and gear) at Union Valley Reservoir Dispersed camping (and gear) at Union Valley Reservoir

A friend and I took a dispersed camping trip and what I’ll refer to as super ultra-lightweight backpacking. The location? the Southwest end of Union Valley Reservoir in Crystal Basin near Kyburz, CA off highway 50.

Camping at Crystal Basin Recreation Area Camping at Crystal Basin Recreation Area Camping at Crystal Basin Recreation Area

Crystal Basin off Hwy 50 is a great summertime play place for camping, hiking, biking, fishing and boating. Just west of Desolation Wilderness the area offers wonderful views and some great hiking. Try the dispersed camping for a free campground you have to yoursel(f/ves).