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Discover Mill Valley’s Cascade Falls, a Bay Area Gem

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.

Try this Lush Hike on Burdell Mountain

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.

Spend Your Lunch Hour Outside on this Quick Mountain Bike Excursion

Ideal for a mid-day getaway, this ride is geared toward those looking for a challenging but short and easily accessible off-road experience.

Clear Your Head and Admire the View on this Sierra Vista Hike

Looking to clear your head with a lovely hike? Look no further than the Sierra Vista Open Space in the eastern foothills of Santa Clara County.

Holiday Bike Ride: A Loop Around Sonoma Mountain

This week's ultimate bike ride starts in the small Sonoma County town of Penngrove. The ride has two variations—one easy, one challenging—both of which offer over 36 miles of lovely Wine Country riding. 

Ultimate Sunday Hike: A Romp Around Rockville

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.

Head to Coyote Hills Regional Park for the Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride

Unless you're a South Bay resident, this jewel of a park might be completely off your radar. Plainly visible across the San Francisco Bay from the Bayshore freeway, it's those hills you see silhouetted behind the San Mateo Bridge when driving south to SFO.

Bay Area Bucket List: Get to the Top of Mt. Tamalpais

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. 

Bike the Bridges: A Picturesque Ride Over the Carquinez Strait

This week's ultimate Sunday ride is an opportunity to cruise across two of the Bay Area’s major bridges in a two county loop. You’ll enjoy fantastic views of the Carquinez Strait, cover 23 miles, climb 1,550 feet. 

Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Smooth Roads and Gorgeous Views in Healdsburg

Nice, fresh asphalt is icing on the cake for any weekend ride. Head to Healdsburg this Sunday for miles of sweet, smooth road on some of the most scenic routes Wine Country has to offer. 

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