Fitness + Outdoors
Camping website Hipcamp — which not only reviews and photographs each Northern California campground, but also covers beginning backpacking, favorite camping meals, and the ultimate guide to having sex in the outdoors — is the perfect authority on the best place to pitch a tent in NorCal.
Occupying a sentinel position at the southern Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Mori Point sits upon a rugged coastal promontory south of Pacifica in San Mateo County. Offering all types of hiking, its 110 acres are home to the San Francisco garter snake, once North America’s most endangered reptile as well as red-legged frogs and amazing spring wildflower blooms.
Finding a new place to ride is one of the many delights of cycling. The rolling hills and dairy pastures of northwestern Marin County and southern Sonoma offer some of the best opportunities to meander through untraveled roads, find solitude, and admire classic California landscapes.
SoulCycle is the toughest workout you’ll ever love. Founded in New York in 2006, the body-rebuilding spinning-meets-support-group craze didn’t hit the Bay Area until 2013. Since then, it’s developed a rabid following in San Franciscans like Jaime Gagliardi, who describes the workout as a “Dance Party + Therapy + Triple Espresso while burning hundreds of calories.” How could we not try it after a plug like that?
For this week's Scenes of the City, we visited a spooky old glass factory in the delta town of Antioch. Anchor Glass Factory (1400 W 4th Street) was demolished recently, but for some time it was a photographer's and explorer's haven. Like most abandoned industrial sites, it almost seems like everyone clocked out one Friday and just never came back, leaving behind magazines, boots, and tools.
A short drive and a mildly strenuous hike deliver great rewards at one of the South Bay's most accessible open spaces. Located on the western, urban fringe of Santa Clara County, the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve protects over 739 rugged acres.