Best Easy Day Hikes San Francisco  by Nancy Salcedo

Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco Guide Book

by Nancy Salcedo (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes San Francisco  by Nancy Salcedo
The rolling hills that encompass San Francisco Bay cradle much more than a cultural and entrepreneurial mecca. They also boast a system of trails that link oak woodlands to redwood canyons, bluff tops to beaches, and residential areas to the natural world that nurtures us all. This guide documents the finest of these trails including beaches in Point Reyes National Seashore, secluded canyons in the East Bay, and a reserve that shelters elephant seals on Point Ano Nuevo. Separate chapters on the South Bay, East Bay, and North Bay help residents and visitors alike locate the best trails in those specific regions. Concise descriptions and easy-to-follow maps detail each of these 23 hikes.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 23.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 23.

Abbotts Lagoon is a sanctuary for seaside wildlife and is a prime nesting area for the snowy plover and other birds that winter here. Nestled in windswept coastal scrub, upper Abbotts Lagoon is slight ...
Olema, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
From the top of Windy Hill, you can see the expanse of the San Francisco Bay and its surrounding rolling hills stretching away to the east, and the Santa Cruz Mountains rambling down toward the Pacifi ...
Woodside, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
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This trail passes along marine terraces through coastal scrub out to Point Año Nuevo. A massive sand dune on the point offers a sweeping view over Año Nuevo Island and surrounding coastal waters. The ...
Half Moon Bay, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
The Coyote Hills are grassy knolls overlooking the shoreline of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Just east of the hills is an extensive freshwater marsh that hosts migratory birds and d ...
San Leandro, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
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This section of the Coast Trail is an old farm road that meanders through coastal scrub along the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean before climbing to the “lakes district” of Point Reyes National S ...
Mill Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
On weekends and holidays from the second weekend in March to the second weekend in July, Audubon Canyon Ranch allows visitors to hike up into the forest above Picher Canyon, and look down into the tre ...
Mill Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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There are plants in the Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve that exist nowhere else in the East Bay. Instead of the expected oak woodland, coastal chamise and manzanita cover the hills. These plants ...
Oakland, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
Sunol Regional Wilderness is in a remote little valley just east of the city of Milpitas. Although cattle still graze on this historic ranch land, there remain many signs of wildlife. There is great b ...
Dublin, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.3
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Lagunitas is one of five wonderful lakes within the Mount Tamalpais watershed. Trails connect Lagunitas to Bon Tempe, Alpine, and Kent Lakes to the northwest, and Phoenix Lake to the northeast. Lake L ...
Corte Madera, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
Rush Ranch offers some of the most inviting hiking in all the Suisun Marsh, the largest estuarine marsh in the United States. The historic ranch property is at the west end of the great Suisun Marsh, ...
Berkeley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
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The remains of the New Almaden Mines, once the richest quicksilver mines in California, give this hike an historic twist. Quicksilver (mercury) forms only in areas such as this, where serpentine rock ...
Cupertino, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
At 3,849 feet, Mount Diablo provides the highest vantage point in the Bay Area. From the observation deck on a clear day, you can see Lassen Peak, 181 miles to the north. This loop circles just below ...
Walnut Creek, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
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On a clear day from the 2,571-foot summit of Mount Tamalpais, you can see the Farallon Islands to the west, the snow-covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada in the east, and all the coastline, hills, and v ...
Mill Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1
Ring Mountain is one of the great treasures of southern Marin County. The trail climbs through grassland, past small springs and seeps, to a wonderland of stone outcroppings along the ridgeline of the ...
Corte Madera, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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Muir Woods contains one of the Bay Area’s last stands of virgin coast redwoods. These grand trees tower above Redwood Creek, while ferns, redwood sorrel, and azaleas carpet the forest floor. The hike ...
Mill Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
Las Trampas is Spanish for “The Traps” that were set in the chaparral to capture the elk that roamed these hills in the previous century. The Rocky Ridge side of Las Trampas Regional Wilderness is rol ...
Dublin, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
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This volcanic nook in the Berkeley and Oakland hills is alive with geologic hints to the operation of an ancient volcano. About 9.5 million years ago, Round Top was the center of a great volcanic caul ...
Oakland, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
It seems amazing to be able to get out into the wilds immediately south of San Francisco, but San Bruno Mountain offers this opportunity. Here, on chaparral-covered knolls that are often blanketed by ...
Daly City, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
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Sneath Lane passes through coastal scrub as it climbs up to Sweeney Ridge. As you hike, you will enjoy views of either the Pacific Ocean or San Francisco Bay— and, at the top, views of both. As you re ...
San Bruno, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
The Stevens Creek Nature Trail explores a section of the San Andreas Fault region high in the Santa Cruz Mountains above the Silicon Valley. The changes in terrain are impressive, as the trail passes ...
Palo Alto, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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