Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area Guide Book

by Linda Hamilton (Falcon Guides)
Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area  by Linda Hamilton

336pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 0762712066

Lace up your boots and sample forty of the finest trails the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. This guide covers every corner of this beautiful and diverse region, leading you to roaring waterfalls and wind-whipped mountaintops, verdant forests and wildflower-covered meadows. See majestic redwoods in the nature lover's cathedral in Muir woods, watch for whales along Lighthouse Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore, or wander through military history in The Presidio. Veteran hiker and Bay Area native Linda Hamilton will introduce you to these trails and many more. Inside you'll find: up-to-date trail information; accurate directions to popular as well as less-traveled trails; difficulty ratings for each hike; detailed trail maps; zero-impact camping tips. Whether you are a day-tripper or long-distance hiker, old hand or novice, you'll find trails suited to every ability and interest in the Bay Area.

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Trails from the "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.
... Preview: You have to love a hike that you can only reach by ferry. But the Angel Island hike does not take you away from it all. Instead, you take in gobs of civilization from a lofty and isolated plateau. On ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
Tiburon, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
... Preview: Come here to watch the elephant seals in their yearly rituals. From April through November, you can hike the trail yourself, but you must obtain a hiking permit to enter the Wildlife Protection Area a ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
Pescadero, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: In 1965, the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) renamed Grass Valley Park the Anthony Chabot Regional Park. The area still reflects the small but mighty Chabot, who helped create and preserve thi ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
San Leandro, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.7
... Preview: This 11-mile loop is a 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 over ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
Boulder Creek, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 11.6
... Preview: You have your choice of 65 miles of trails in this 5,036-acre (and growing) preserve that features vegetation and wildlife of all kinds and an amazing history of the people that lived and worked here ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
Antioch, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
... Preview: Briones Regional Park offers long, ambling walks through grassy, rolling hills spotted with oak trees, some lovely views both of distant towns and landmarks and of neighboring parkland, with the pleas ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
Orinda, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: 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 o ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
Pescadero, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.3
... Preview: Castle Rock 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 ridges, g ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
Los Gatos, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.1
... Preview: A popular family trail, the wide and pleasant dirt path follows the cliffs above the bay. It occasionally heads inland through scrub and eucalyptus trees, just often enough to make the next open view ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
San Francisco, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.3
... Preview: Mount Diablo has a forbidding image to many, in part because of its name and the legends it has inspired. While creeks may dry in summer, the reality is that there are always cool canyons, and even on ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
Clayton, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.9
... Preview: The “Sleeping Maiden,” or Mount Tam, as she is affectionately called, is a Bay Area treasure, the peak closest to San Francisco, and the heart of Marin parkland and open space. This hike is like the “ ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
Mill Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: The self-guided nature trail guide available at the trailhead provides a chance to stop and notice the details on your walk through the 235-acre preserve. It makes for some fun learning and discovery ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
Oakland, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
... Preview: 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. On the h ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
Moss Beach, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: A trek in 3,882-acre Las Trampas Wilderness promises you windswept ridges, rugged jigsaw rock outcroppings, dusty valleys, moist spring-fed ravines, and trails curving through sunny grasslands and und ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
San Ramon, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.5
... Preview: The Marin Headlands features 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, ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
Sausalito, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.5
... Preview: A little bit of everything and a hike that takes you away from it all: This is an exhilarating hike along the conifer shores of Alpine Lake, up through a dark redwood forest, emerging onto a manzanita ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
Fairfax, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
... Preview: McNee Ranch State Park (625 acres), adjacent to Montara Beach State Park, Gray Whale Cove State Beach, and Montara Mountain, offers a hillside climb with views and two short walks to caramel-colored b ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
Montara, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.1
... Preview: It’s understandable why the Miwok Indians chose to keep a village at the base of this mountain for 6,000 years. The rise they called Olompali had oaks shedding acorns, their main food source, and gras ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
Novato, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: The hike starts in lush forest of Douglas fir and oak trees. You then follow the ridgeline, with views of Drake’s Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The trail descends to the treeless, stark beauty of coastal ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
Olema, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.3
... Preview: On the first mile of your hike in Muir Woods, you’ll have to contend with lots of camera-swinging tourists. Overwhelmed by the ancient trees and touched by the sheer tranquility of the place, many wal ... From the guidebook "Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area"
Mill Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.3

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