Best Hikes Near San Francisco  by Linda Hamilton

Best Hikes Near San Francisco Guide Book

by Linda Hamilton (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near San Francisco  by Linda Hamilton
Take a Hike! Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike? Best Hikes Near San Francisco details forty of the best hikes about an hour’s drive from the greater San Francisco area: • San Francisco and the Bay • Point Reyes and West Marin • Mount Tamalpais area • Mount Diablo/Las Trampas foothills • San Mateo County coastline • Northern Santa Cruz Mountains • East Bay foothills/San Pablo • Oakland/Berkeley Hills • Sunol Ridge Ranging from easy nature walks to strenuous day hikes, this guide offers something for every hiker—all within easy reach of the city. Each featured hike includes a brief route description; at-a-glance data including the length and difficulty level; thorough directions to the trailhead; directional cues; and a detailed, accurate trail map. Inside you'll find full-color photos and maps; approximate hiking times, canine compatibility, fees and permits required; and sidebars on local lore, points of interest, and area wild

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Near San Francisco" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 40.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.

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 ...
Tiburon, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.2
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 ...
Pescadero, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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The 5,067-acre Anthony Chabot Regional Park offers walks by burbling creeks, through groves of eucalyptus, redwood, and oak, over hills alive with swaying grasses, and along the rim of the well-loved ...
Oakland, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.7
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 throu ...
Boulder Creek, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 11.6
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You have your choice of 70 miles of trails in this nearly 7,000-acre preserve. This hike passes through two old mining town sites, Somersville and Nortonville, past many mine openings, and the Rose Hi ...
Antioch, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
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 ...
Orinda, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7
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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,Horseback Riding,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,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 6.1
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A popular family trail, this wide and pleasant dirt path follows the cliffs above the bay. It occasionally heads inland through scrub and eucalyptus trees, then works back to stunning views of the Gol ...
San Francisco, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.3
This hike could be considered the “best of Mount Tamalpais,” featuring the diverse habitat of the 6,300-acre state park and incredible views of the bay, cities, foothills, lakes, and ocean. Enjoy thic ...
Mill Valley, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7
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The self-guided nature trail guide available at the trailhead encourages you to stop and notice the details on your walk through the 235-acre preserve. It makes for fun, learning, and discovery along ...
Oakland, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
This hike takes some planning. You only want to walk on the beach part of this loop at low tide (1 foot or under). Awaiting you there is the longest intertidal reef in California, an unforgettable exp ...
Moss Beach, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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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 ...
San Ramon, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.5
The Marin Headlands feature 15 square miles of beaches, marsh, lagoon, grasscovered valleys, and coastal hills with magnificent views. There is a large population of wild animals, including bobcats, m ...
Mill Valley, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.2
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A little bit of everything and a hike that takes you away from it all: This is an exhilarating walk along the conifer shores of Alpine Lake, up through a dark redwood forest onto a manzanita-covered r ...
Fairfax, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.2
McNee Ranch State Park and Montara State Beach McNee Ranch State Park (625 acres), adjacent to Montara State Beach, Gray Whale Cove State Beach, and Montara Mountain, offers a hillside climb with view ...
Half Moon Bay, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.1
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It’s understandable why the Miwok Indians chose to keep a village at the base of Mount Burdell for 6,000 years. The rise they called Olompali had oaks shedding acorns, their main food source, and gras ...
Novato, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5
While creeks running down Mount Diablo may dry in summer, the reality is that there are always cool canyons, and even on hot days, cool breezes cross upper elevations on the less-traveled north side o ...
Walnut Creek, CA - Hiking - 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 watch rock climbe ...
Walnut Creek, CA - Birding,Climbing,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 8.5
On the first mile of your hike in Muir Woods, you’ll contend with lots of cameraswinging tourists. Overwhelmed by the ancient trees and touched by the sheer tranquility of the place, many walk as if i ...
Mill Valley, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 6.3
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