Adventures Tagged: State Park

Winter Snowshoeing in Tahoe on the Rubicon Trail Winter Snowshoeing in Tahoe on the Rubicon Trail Winter Snowshoeing in Tahoe on the Rubicon Trail

A great trail in D.L. Bliss State Park snowshoeing along the Rubicon Trail to an old lighthouse with great views of Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay.

Short hike in Waianapanapa State Park in Maui Hawaii Short hike in Waianapanapa State Park in Maui Hawaii Short hike in Waianapanapa State Park in Maui Hawaii

A short hike through Waianapanapa State Park in Maui takes you through coastal caves through Maui’s rainforest along the Road to Hana.

Hiking the Vineyard Trail at Boethe Napa SP Hiking the Vineyard Trail at Boethe Napa SP Hiking the Vineyard Trail at Boethe Napa SP

Hiking the Vineyard Trail at Bothe-Napa State Park is a nice Autumn hike to take in the northern Napa Valley with colorful views of fall colors through forests and vineyards.

Hike to Turk's Head on Mount Saint Helena Hike to Turk's Head on Mount Saint Helena Hike to Turk's Head on Mount Saint Helena

A guided hike with the Napa Land Trust to Turk’s Head and past the town of Silverado on a rainy and foggy day at Robert Louis Stevenson State Park.

Hiking the Pygmy Forest and Salt Point Trails Hiking the Pygmy Forest and Salt Point Trails Hiking the Pygmy Forest and Salt Point Trails

A nice coastal hike in Northern California in Salt Point State Park takes you through the Pygmy Forest and down to the Pacific Ocean.

Camping at Woodside Campground in Salt Point State Park Camping at Woodside Campground in Salt Point State Park Camping at Woodside Campground in Salt Point State Park

The campgrounds at Woodside Campground in Salt Point State Park are protected from the wind and make a great launching point for hiking the Pygmy forest and Salt Point Trails. They are also a great mushroom foraging location when it’s the right season.

Hiking at China Camp in Marin County Hiking at China Camp in Marin County Hiking at China Camp in Marin County

Situated on the San Francisco Bay, China Camp State Park offers camping, picnicking, great mountain biking, and a number of hiking trails to make for some great loop hikes.

Snowy hike to Lake Marlette in Tahoe Nevada Snowy hike to Lake Marlette in Tahoe Nevada Snowy hike to Lake Marlette in Tahoe Nevada

A snowy late winter hike to Lake Marlette east in Lake Tahoe State Park in Nevada from the Spooner Lake Trailhead.

Hiking at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve Hiking at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve Hiking at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Off Hwy 1 in Carmel, the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve offers a number of trails with views of marine animals such as Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, Whales, Dolphins, and Sea Lions along with great coastal views among Cypress groves.

Hiking the Canyon Creek Waterfall and Beyond in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park Hiking the Canyon Creek Waterfall and Beyond in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park Hiking the Canyon Creek Waterfall and Beyond in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

This is a great hike to a seasonal waterfall on the Canyon Creek trail at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, continuing on to a nice loop around the meadow at the center of this park.

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.

Mushroom foray and hike at Salt Point State Park Mushroom foray and hike at Salt Point State Park Mushroom foray and hike at Salt Point State Park

My first mushroom foray proved extremely bountiful through the pygmy and coastal forest of Salt Point State Park.

Rainy hike through Jack London State Historic Park Rainy hike through Jack London State Historic Park Rainy hike through Jack London State Historic Park

A gorgeous fall hike on a rainy day through Jack London State Historic Park with a wine picnic among giant redwoods and ferns.

Backpacking Henry Coe State Park Backpacking Henry Coe State Park Backpacking Henry Coe State Park

A fall backpacking trip to Poverty Flat at Henry Coe State Park offers some great views and a wide variety of trails to choose from.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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 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 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.

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 Eagle Falls Trail in South Lake Tahoe Hiking Eagle Falls Trail in South Lake Tahoe Hiking Eagle Falls Trail in South Lake Tahoe

Eagle Falls is a scenic set of subalpine waterfalls from Eagle Creek which flows from Eagle Lake above. Probably best in summer but you can go anytime. Be sure to check out the upper and lower sets to take in all the views.

Snowshoe trip to Vikingsholm along the Rubicon Trail Snowshoe trip to Vikingsholm along the Rubicon Trail Snowshoe trip to Vikingsholm along the Rubicon Trail

A great snowshoe trip trailblazing the Rubicon Trail in Emerald Bay down to Vikingsholm, through the Eagle Point Campground. A highly recommended snowshoe trip while in South Lake Tahoe.

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 Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground

We took the longer trail from Eagle Point Campground along Emerald Bay and down into Vikingsholm where we took the paid tour. Very scenic and relatively easy hike. Best in summer.

Camping at Donner Memorial State Park Camping at Donner Memorial State Park Camping at Donner Memorial State Park

Donner Memorial State Park is a beautiful campground with easy walking access to Donner Lake. The campsites on the outskirts are almost perfect.

Hiking Tahoe Rim Trail to Spooner Summit Hiking Tahoe Rim Trail to Spooner Summit Hiking Tahoe Rim Trail to Spooner Summit

The Tahoe Rim Trail is a 150 mile loop along ridges surrounding Lake Tahoe. One of the easier sections is this hike to Spooner Summit with parking right off Hwy 50 in Nevada beyond the south shore state line.

Backpacking Skyline to the Sea Trail Backpacking Skyline to the Sea Trail Backpacking Skyline to the Sea Trail

Skyline to the Sea Trail was one of my first non-sierra backpacking trips. Wasn’t sure how it would compare. While it may be true it’s missing the rugged mountain panoramas, it makes up for it with beautiful plant life everywhere and a diversity of terrains. This is a fairly lengthy 35 mile trail that I did in 3 nights.

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.