Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area  by Linda Hamilton

Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area Guide Book

by Linda Hamilton (Falcon Guides)
Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area  by Linda Hamilton
Possibly no other region in this country displays as many varieties of weather simultaneously as does the San Francisco Bay Area. With the area’s diverse landscape, sharp topography, and maritime surroundings, the area experiences numerous microclimates. It can be sunny on the Las Trampas Ridge, raining on Mount Tamalpais, snowing on Mount Diablo, foggy on Sweeney Ridge, and windy on Montara Mountain all at once. On any one hike you can experience severe changes in temperature and humidity as trails take you abruptly from one ecosystem to the next. Atmospheric forces and geologic formations come together to form the area’s unique combination of forest, river, ocean, bay, and hills, one of the most prominent phenomena being the jet stream, which causes the famous summer fog that pours over the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Trails from the "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 40.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.

Only reachable by ferry, this Angel Island hike includes a walk through US history and a good look at the present. You can take in the long Miwok history of the island before a fairly strenuous climb ...
Tiburon, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.2
For a truly unique experience, take this easy hike (self-guided or with a docent) through scrub-lined coastal bluffs, dunes, and flowerspeckled grasslands to watch giant, molting elephant seals bask o ...
Pescadero, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.0
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The 5,067-acre Anthony Chabot Regional Park offers walks by burbling creeks, through groves of eucalyptus, redwood, and oaks, over hills alive with swaying grasses, and along the rim of the wellloved ...
San Leandro, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.1
This is a long but satisfying jaunt through the largest continuous stand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco. Following the contours of the hillside, the Sunset Trail brings you through s ...
Boulder Creek, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11.6
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You have your choice of 70 miles of trails in this nearly 6,000acre preserve. This hike goes through two old mining town sites, past many mine openings, and to a historic cemetery. You can see airshaf ...
Antioch, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.2
Briones Regional Park offers long, ambling walks through grassy hills spotted with oak trees and a couple lagoons; views of distant towns, landmarks, and neighboring parkland; and a contrasting dense, ...
Orinda, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.0
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In the secluded wilderness of 3,560-acre Butano State Park, you have the opportunity to walk miles under pillared groves of coastal redwoods. As a matter of fact, most of this hike is under the shade ...
Pescadero, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.3
Castle Rock State Park is on one of the highest ridges in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The hike features great variety: cool, dark mixed forests, creeks and a seasonal waterfall, dry, manzanita-lined rid ...
Los Gatos, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.1
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A popular family and tourist trail, this wide and pleasant dirt path follows the cliffs above the bay. It occasionally heads inland through scrub and eucalyptus trees, then works its way back to stunn ...
San Francisco, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.4
The self-guided nature trail guide available at the trailhead makes for some fun learning and discovery along this loop trail through the 235acre preserve. You descend a canyon under bays and oaks and ...
Oakland, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
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The time of the low tide determines whether you walk along coastal bluffs first, with terrific Pacific views, or along sandy shores, with the longest intertidal reef in California to explore. These un ...
Moss Beach, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
A wide trail winds through native coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), opening up to views before returning into the shade and coolness of the redwoods. Named for the colorful nineteenth-century ...
Oakland, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 2.0
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A trek in 3,882-acre Las Trampas Wilderness promises windswept ridges, rugged jigsaw rock outcroppings, dusty valleys, moist springfed ravines, sunny grasslands, and the dappled shade of pungent bay t ...
San Ramon, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.5
The Marin Headlands feature 15 square miles of beaches, marsh, lagoon, grass-covered valleys, and coastal hills with magnificent views. There is a large population of wild animals including bobcats, m ...
Sausalito, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.4
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This is an exhilarating hike along the conifer shores of Alpine Lake, up through a dark redwood forest, emerging onto a manzanita-covered ridge with good views. Along the way, you can pick huckleb ...
Fairfax, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.2
McNee Ranch State Park (625 acres), adjacent to Montara State Beach, Gray Whale Cove State Beach, and Montara Mountain, offers a hillside climb with views and two short walks to caramel-colored beache ...
Pacifica, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.1
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Starting in Novato’s backyard, this hike ascends the mountain, past the quarry sites that provided cobblestones for the streets of San Francisco. It takes you over great expanses of grassland, sprinkl ...
Novato, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.0
Mount Diablo is most often seen as dry grassland and scattered oaks on the south side, but on the less traveled north side of the mountain are shady, wooded canyons. Because they’re protected from ...
Clayton, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.9
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Mount Diablo, the once-sacred mountain of the Miwok Indians, continues to be sacred to today’s Bay Area hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and nature lovers. On this hike you can scramble up bo ...
Danville, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.5
Mount Tam, the “Sleeping Maiden,” is a Bay Area treasure. This hike features the diverse habitat of the 6,300-acre park, starting with incredible views. Varied woodland leads to grass-covered meadows ...
San Rafael, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.0
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