Hiking Through History San Francisco Bay Area  by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré

Hiking Through History San Francisco Bay Area Guide Book

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Through History San Francisco Bay Area  by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
Imagine hiking along a wooded trail near San Francisco and stumbling upon the stone foundation of a crumbled building, the wooden slats of the walls caved in, the ironwork of the hinges still dangling on the burned out door. This discovery piques your interest—what is this? What’s its significance? How can you find out? Enter Hiking through History San Francisco Bay Area: Exploring the Region's Past by Trail. Make no mistake—this is a hiking book first and foremost, complete with rich photos and detailed maps, but with added extras and sidebars detailing enough historical information to satisfy every curiosity along the way.

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Trails from the "Hiking Through History San Francisco Bay Area" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 41.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 41.

The bluffs overlooking the strait of the Golden Gate are studded with military installations built between the Civil War and the Cold War. This trail links the batteries to the Golden Gate Bridge and a beach tucked at the base of windswept cliffs composed of serpentine rock. This hike links the batteries to the bridge, and also to a pair of beaches tucked below the bluff s on the south side of the Golden Gate. The route begins at Battery Chamberlin, which overlooks Baker Beach and the mouth of the strait.
San Francisco, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.1
Given that this route loops through the former dynamite works of the Giant Powder Company, there’s a temptation to call the hike explosive. But it’s not. Instead, this peaceful ramble features stunning views and gentle terrain, with the occasional bunker punching the historic button.
San Francisco, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.4
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Pass through swaths of grassland and stands of eucalyptus on this easy trail overlooking the strategic Carquinez Strait. This short loop trail overlooks what once was one of the busiest shipping lanes in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Carquinez Strait links San Pablo Bay to Grizzly Bay and, hence, San Francisco to the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Delta. The strait also presented a short paddle from the East Bay to the North Bay for native people, a relitively easy, protected traverse from one set of oak- and grass-covered hills to the next. This region of the Bay Area, though growing more residential as time passes, has long been industrial.
San Francisco, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 1.9
The trail onto the headland at Chimney Rock is renowned for its springtime wildflower bloom, but it also offers bird’s-eye views of the white cliffs backing Drakes Bay, where the fabled explorer Sir Francis Drake is said to have landed in 1579. Follow a second path to check out a historic lighthouse station, and another short path that leads to a viewpoint overlooking a beach where elephant seals sun.
Olema, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
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The Embarcadero, the piers, the Exploratorium, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid, buildings that survived the fire that destroyed downtown San Francisco during the 1906 earthquake: This long urban hike encompasses all that and more. Choosing some part of the city for an optimal hike through history presents a challenge—no matter what’s chosen, something historic is passed by. This hike, for example, is bounded by Market Street, the heart of downtown, Chinatown, the shopping district surrounding Union Square, and North Beach—all places with worthy stories that can be explored by veering a couple of blocks west or south of the route described. Oh well. Add or subtract as you see fit, or head off someplace completely different, like the Castro, Noe Valley, West Portal, Japantown . . .
San Francisco, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 7.2
The trails at Lands End knit natural beauty with San Francisco history perfectly, melding evocative vistas of the Golden Gate and the Pacific with rambles through the ruins of Sutro Baths and Adolph Sutro’s end-of-the-continent estate. The appeal of Lands End never ebbs: the bloom of a wild iris amid the coastal scrub, sunset on the labyrinth on Eagle Point, a fl eeting glimpse of a shipwreck on the rocks just off shore, watching the fog roll back through the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge. Add the historic sites passed along the way—Sutro Baths near the trailhead, Sutro Heights Park, the Mile Rock beacon, and, just off the route, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Cliff House, and the USS San Francisco Memorial—it’s historic hike perfection.
San Francisco, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 5
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This route loops through a family park out fitted with a playing green, sycamore- shaded picnic areas, a pond that provides habitat for ducks and other waterfowl, and the historic Dry Creek Cottage and gardens.
Hayward, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.5
Explore the volatile geology that underlies the California coastline and learn about the native people who once called the Bear Valley home on two short trails that begin near the Point Reyes National Seashore’s Bear Valley Visitor Center. On the morning of April 18, 1906, the San Andreas Fault snapped, unleashing an earthquake that would become legendary. The infamous San Francisco temblor, and the fire that followed, destroyed much of the City by the Bay—more than 500 city blocks were leveled, and thousands of people were killed. But the damage wasn’t limited to San Francisco; communities throughout Northern California were devastated. Santa Rosa, located about 50 miles north of San Francisco, was demolished.
Olema, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
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Located in the heart of the historic Presidio of San Francisco, this route climbs through restored natural habitat to a scenic overlook, drops past a spring used by the native Ohlone, and rambles along a lane where Presidio soldiers once walked with their sweethearts.
San Francisco, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.9
While the spectacular home and gardens of the Bourn family are the main attractions, docent-led nature hikes into the backcountry of this expansive estate add nuance to the story. The nearby Pulgas Water Temple is a testament to the power of San Francisco’s political titans, who won a long battle to bring water from Yosemite to the City by the Bay. The terrain covered on a nature walk on the grounds of Filoli will be familiar to any Bay Area hiker: Trails wander through meadows that bust out green when fed by rain and burn to gold under the long summer’s sun, through oak woodlands, up streams lined with redwoods, across slopes where hardy chaparral plants grow in thickets.
Woodside, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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Follow garden paths and manicured trails linking premier attractions in San Francisco’s hallmark park.
San Francisco, CA - Birding,Hiking,Trail Running,Walking - Trail Length: 3
A walk along the Golden Gate Promenade parallels the long, grassy expanse of historic Crissy Field and leads to Fort Point. Stretching between the south towers of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marina District, the Golden Gate Promenade lies between East Beach on San Francisco Bay and historic Crissy Field. It’s a fun, busy, scenic stroll that encompasses great views of the Golden Gate Bridge for most of its outgoing distance and city skyline views on the return. The wide, flat, multiuse trail is invariably crowded with hikers, runners, moms and dads pushing strollers, cyclists, folks in wheelchairs, and dog walkers. Sailboarders and kayakers launch from the beach, mingling with sailboats on sunny, windy days, and kites fly where once biplanes took wing. Even if the fog doesn’t burn off, the promenade puts on a show.
San Francisco, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.4
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A hike on the old rail bed of “The Crookedest Railroad in the World” features panoramic views of the Bay Area from the slopes of Mount Tamalpais.
Stinson Beach, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
This long route in the Marin Headlands serves up an intriguing mix of grand views, challenging terrain, and twentieth-century military installations to explore. What makes the Marin Headlands so appealing to hikers also made them appealing to the military. When the fog is out, views across the Pacific are endless and unimpeded, perfect for watching a sunset or for scouting the approach of enemy ships. The shoreline is mined with rocks and endlessly slapped by dangerous surf, rendering it both inaccessible and ruggedly lovely. And the slopes are so challenging that only clever trail-building has rendered them manageable on foot; an enemy fighter would have battled harsh inclines and biting brambles to approach any of the military emplacements above.
San Francisco, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 6.6
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This scenic trail along the bluffs overlooking the Pacific traces the terrestrial boundary of a marine reserve and overlooks the famed Mavericks surf break. To reach the Jean Lauer trailhead from CA 1 in Moss Beach, about 5 miles south of Pacifica and just north of Half Moon Bay, turn west onto Cypress Avenue. Follow Cypress Avenue for 0.2 mile to Airport Street and turn left. Follow Airport Street for 0.8 mile to the trailhead and parking lot on the right. GPS: N37 30.690' / W122 30.063' To go directly to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, turn right (west) from CA 1 onto California Avenue. Follow California Avenue 0.3 mile to the reserve parking lot at the end of the road at North Lake Street.
Moss Beach, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.5
The looping trails through Rush Ranch pass a bedrock mortar used by the Patwin tribe and a boneyard of ranch equipment and o er long-ranging views across the Sacramento and San Joaquin River delta. At Rush Ranch, where salt water meets freshwater, coastal plain meets Great Valley prairie, and eucalyptus grove meets open ranchland, the emphasis is on the ecotone. A quote from Richard Louv’s “Last Child in the Wilderness,” displayed on the wall in the exhibit hall of the ranch’s visitor center, explains why.
San Francisco, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.1
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Encircling the top of the Bay Area’s highest peak, on a clear day views from the Mary BowermanTrail stretch west to the Pacific Ocean and the curve of the earth and east across the CentralValley to the distant peaks of the Sierra Nevada.
Walnut Creek, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
Climb from the seaside village of Stinson Beach to Pantoll, about midway up Mount Tamalpais, then descend back to the sea via the magical redwood forest within the Steep Ravine.
Stinson Beach, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.2
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Tucked in a steep canyon, Alum Rock Park has been a retreat for the bone-weary since 1872. Its mineral springs, captured in grottos and fonts along Penitencia Creek, were incorporated into a world-famous spa at the turn of the twentieth century. Follow an easy trail past grottos of oozing and burbling springs, then Penitencia Creek up to its confluence with Aguague Creek, where a wintertime waterfall may be seen.
San Jose, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
The top of Mount Livermore, the highest point on Angel Island, commands unimpeded panoramic views of San Francisco Bay. Called the “Ellis Island of the West Coast,”Angel Island’s historical roots date back to Spanish colonial times.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
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