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The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: King Ridge

Meyers Grade on the California Sonoma Coast.

Epic and amazing might be overused adjectives, but both are applicable in describing today’s ride.

The Ultimate Sunday Hike: The Back Door into Muir Woods

Back Door to Muir Woods

Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Bay Area.

The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Bonny Doon, Santa Cruz

Fair or foggy, this loop up to Bonny Doon has much to offer, starting with fabulous coastal vistas along Highway One, then testing your stamina with one of the more challenging climbs in the region and ending with a fast descent into back into Santa Cruz.

The Ultimate Sunday Hike: Battery Townsley GGNRA Marin

The view south over Rodeo Beach to San Francisco

As frequent readers of Ultimate Bike and Hikes have no doubt figured out, this author is a sucker for a great view.

The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Point Reyes Lighthouse

Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride

To take a ride out to the lighthouse on the Point Reyes Peninsula is to take a journey back in time.

The Ultimate Sunday Hike: Pogonip Park Santa Cruz

Pogonip Park Santa Cruz

If you've read this far, it's probable the title of this month's hike piqued your curiosity. I discovered this hidden jewel on a recent weekend in Santa Cruz; we were looking for some easily accessible morning hiking/dog walking.

The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Woodside to Pescadero

Amongst the Redwoods on Tunitas Creek Road

A Peninsula classic, this ride combines challenging climbs, fast descents, superb scenery, and some great views for ride you won't soon forget.

The Ultimate Sunday Hike: Berkeley Hills Walking Paths

El Mirador Path in the Berkeley Hills

This month's Ultimate Sunday Hike is a short and steep journey of urban discovery.

The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Tour de Presidio

The Presido of San Francisco from the Air

In our last Ultimate Sunday Hike we gave thanks to the military for their occupation of the Marin Headlands and today we'll do it again, for the Presidio in San Francisco.

The Ultimate Sunday Hike: GGNRA Gerbode Valley from Wolfback Ridge

Rodeo Valley from Wolfback Ridge

While it can be difficult to reconcile the fact, Bay Area outdoor enthusiasts should appreciate the long-term US military occupation of the lands surrounding the Golden Gate.  Because without the Army’s ongoing stewardship (however good or bad that was), these lands would have been developed for housing after the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area might never existed.

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