Marin County is home to a plethora of outdoor adventure opportunities including hiking and biking trails, beaches, and lighthouses spread across the diverse public lands. Though some of these areas can get crowded on weekends, there are also plenty of trails that are comparatively less traveled. Here are a few of our favorites.
Big Sur is one of the country's most iconic road trips. Some folks wing it, driving the 90-mile stretch of California coastline between San Simeon and Carmel and taking in the views through the car window and stopping at popular spots, but some of Big Sur's best hikes and waterfalls are easily missed when you don't veer from Highway 1. Check out these hidden attractions next time you're in the area.
With its strong Sierra sun, enticing shoreline, and stunning natural beauty, Lake Tahoe just may embody the perfect locale for a summer mountain getaway. Whether you're looking for a picturesque beach from which to take a swim or paddle, a secluded cove for some clothing optional bathing, or a panoramic trail that is sure to get the heart rate going, Lake Tahoe has you covered this summer.
This weekend, get outside and frolic through the flowers from the Peninsula to Point Reyes to (Little) Yosemite.
Sure, compared to everyone else, we don’t have much of a winter to struggle through. But that doesn’t mean that, come the heady days of spring, we’re not celebrating with the rest of them. Here’s to less fog, longer days, and our favorite Bay Area hikes for the new season.
The John Muir Hiking Trail (a.k.a. the motherland of breathtaking views) is named after the nation's most influential naturalists and founder of the Sierra Club, John Muir. Running 211 miles north and south, the trail spans over three national parks, beginning at the glaciated granite domes of Yosemite to the 14,505-foot summit of Mount Whitney (the highest point in the continental United States).