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Chas Blackford

Gear Up for the 100-Mile Marin Century

For many motivated recreational cyclists the ultimate bike ride (be it a Sunday or not) is to complete their first century – riding 100 miles in one day. An organized century ride is often the easiest (and safest) ways to accomplish this goal.

Ultimate Sunday Hike: Dog Walking the Oakwood Valley Trail

Oakwood Valley trail

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area's Oakwood Valley is a perfect hiking spot for a variety of users. Easily accessible from both San Francisco and Marin, the secluded 1.5-mile loop combines a fire road and trail, and passes through mighty eucalyptus groves, verdant meadows, as well as strands of bay laurel and oak interspersed with lush ferns.

Cycle the Publeos Blancos of Southern Spain With Studio Velo

It's a simple recipe: Take some of the most beautiful mountain villages you can imagine, add some very untraveled roads traversing dramatic geology,  then toss in some of the best Iberian Jamón (ham) and the freshest frutas de mar (seafood) and stir to create a truly delicious Spanish cycling paella. 

Find Dramatic Coastal Views on the New Devil's Slide Trail

The Devil's Slide trail view over the Pacific Ocean

A geologic inevitability, Devil’s Slide is situated high above the Pacific Ocean between the coastal towns of Pacifica and Halfmoon Bay. For decades, it has been a consistent and persistent headache for local motorists and CalTrans alike, closing Highway 1 innumerable times as sections have slid into the hungry surf below.

The Ultimate Sunday Hike: St. Joseph's Hill Open Space in Los Gatos

The view East from St. Joseph's Hill Open Space in Los Gatos

A popular local hike, the 4.3 mile trek up to St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve is time and effort well spent; enough that you'll be pondering about when you can make a return visit.

The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Waterside Views on the American River Trail

The American River Trail winds about 30 miles from Sacramento to Folsom and offers a rare combination of treats for the urban cyclist: long stretches of unimpeded riding and great views.

The Ultimate Sunday Hike: Panoramic Views at Ring Mountain in Tiburon

If you're in the mood for all around killer views, great spring wildflowers, and some moderately challenging uphill hiking then Ring Mountain in Tiburon is just the ticket. Easily accessible from both San Francisco and the East Bay, it's a great place to show a new visitor to the Bay Area the dramatic geography that makes this place so special.

The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Muir Beach Ridge

Sometimes ending an intense bike ride is much like hitting your thumb with a hammer—it feels good when you stop. This ride has enough hammers that it’ll surely be a relief when it’s finished; even more so if you leave enough time to mosey over to the nearby Pelican Inn and quaff a cold one (or two).

The Ultimate Sunday Hike: Sonoma Valley Regional Park & Suttonfield Lake

Looking for a delightful winter hike in the woods? One you can do in the rain, without muddying up the hiking shoes?

The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Riding the San Andreas Fault

Crystal Springs reservoir from the Sawyer Camp segment of the Crystal Springs Re

California is earthquake country - not exactly groundbreaking news - but the evidence is all around us in the Bay Area.

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