Ultimate Sunday Hike
Rising rather dramatically from the shoreline of the San Francisco Bay, just north of the Dumbarton Bridge, the Coyote Hills are a local jewel hidden in plain sight.
The climb to the top of Sweeney Ridge is breathtaking, both for the pitch that gradually steepens as you ascend and for the magnificant vistas of the Bay Area's varied geography once you've reached the ridgeline.
What could be better than a spring day spent viewing wildflowers in Annadel State Park? A leisurely hike around Lake Ilsanjo offers a tranquil and meditative alternative to the demands of urban living.
Not only is El Niño filling our reservoirs, it’s producing spectacular water displays all over California. One of the most accessible waterfalls in the Bay Area is an easy and scenic hike from downtown Mill Valley to Cascade Falls Park.
Much like the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, this hike up Mount Burdell in Novato has an option that’s “just right” for you. Whatever distance you opt for, you’ll be rewarded with outstanding vistas, lush grasslands, impressive forests, and tranquil trail rambling.
The rugged, volcanic rock hills of Rockville Regional Park offer a splendid hike through a timeless landscape of California blue oaks, brush chaparral, and seasonal wetlands. The route includes a couple of remote ponds situated in a delightful grassy valley, a hidden cave, and views of Mt. Diablo to the south, Elkhorn Peak to the west, and the Twin Sisters to the north.
Some outings leave a lasting impression; the trek to the top of Mt. Tam will leave you with the kind of awe-inspiring memories that last a lifetime.
Delightful Helen Putnam Regional Park is a small wilderness area that lies just outside of Petaluma. There you’ll discover 216 acres of grassy hillsides, native oak forests, a fishing pond, and killer panoramic views.
The top of Angel Island’s Mt. Livermore provides one of the Bay Area’s most spectacular and least crowded viewpoints. The only access to this centrally located vista rising 788 feet above San Francisco Bay is by ferry and foot, ensuring that only those willing to make the effort get to enjoy it.