The Best Outdoor Activities in San Francisco

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Hike to Alamere Falls

San Francisco / Palomarin Trailhead

The hike to Alamere falls is ~8.4 mile out-and-back. Start at the Palomarin Trailhead located in the parking lot near the restrooms.

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Take in Iconic McWay Falls

San Francisco / McWay Falls Trail

McWay Falls is one of the most iconic waterfalls in BIg Sur and can be seen from Highway 1. The trail to the falls is located in Julia Pfeiffer.

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Backpack to the Ventana Wilderness' Sykes Hot Springs

San Francisco / Pine Ridge Trailhead

The trek to Sykes Hot Springs is about 10-miles one way along the Pine Ridge Trail.

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Hike the Lands End Trail

San Francisco / Lands End Trail

The Lands End Trail is a fairly easy 3 mile hike along the coastline of SF. The highlights of the trail include access to China Beach, views of the Sutro Baths and the Golden Gate.

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Hike Cataract Falls

San Francisco / Cataract Falls

Cataract Falls is one of the most stunning hikes in the bay area after a recent rain. The drive to the trailhead alone is beautiful as you pass Alpine Lake on Bolinas Fairfax Rd.

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Explore Muir Woods National Monument

San Francisco / Muir Woods National Monument Parking

While there are other, less crowded redwood groves in the Bay Area, Muir Woods National Monument is easily one of the best.

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Explore the Presidio's Hidden Treasures

San Francisco / The Wood Line by Andy Goldsworthy

Tucked into a corner of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is the Presidio, a beautiful little oasis of forests, beaches, and sweeping views that locals love.

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Hike to the Summit of Mt. Tamalpais

San Francisco / Verna Dunshee Trail

Mt. Tam is a large park with plenty of amazing viewpoints, but the East routes and the East Peak are best for sunsets.

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Clifftop Camping & Hot Springs in Big Sur

San Francisco / Kirk Creek Campground

Campsite: There is nothing quite like driving or biking along US-1, the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Hike the Berry Creek Falls Loop

San Francisco / Big Basin Headquarters

Nestled in California's oldest state park, the popular Berry Creek Falls Loop hike begins at the Big Basin park headquarters.

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Hike Mission Peak

San Francisco / Mission Peak Regional Preserve

Breathtaking views of the Bay Area are your reward for making this climb to the top of Mission Peak. It’s a 3 mile trek to the top of the peak and then back down the same way.

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A Secret Hike & Picnic With A View at Tank Hill

San Francisco / Tank Hill

Looking for a cool, under-the-radar spot that’s perfect for picnics, chilling out, and chasing the sunset? Look no further than Tank Hill.

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Hike the Redwood Regional Park Loop

San Francisco / Skyline Gate Staging Area

Tucked away in the hills of Oakland, you will find one of the homes of California's Coastal Redwoods.

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Enjoy Coastal Views at the Muir Beach Overlook

San Francisco / Muir Beach Overlook

The Muir Beach Overlook is one of the most convenient spots to take in an amazing view of the entire coastline, and one of the best places to catch a dramatic sunset.

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Adventure at Arroyo Seco

San Francisco / Arroyo Seco Campground

This off-the-beaten-trail adventure has a little bit of everything for everyone, and is as challenging as you make it.

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Hike Tennessee Valley

San Francisco / Tennessee Valley Trail

The Tennessee Valley trail is leisurely 3.4 mile roundtrip hike that turns around at Tennessee Valley Cove.

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Take a Ride on the Secret Slides

San Francisco / Seward Street Slides

Tucked away in a small neighborhood park in Eureka Valley is a set of really fun, slippery, and surprisingly steep concrete slides.

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Photograph the Cypress Tree Tunnel in Point Reyes

San Francisco / Monterey Cypress Tree Tunnel at Point Reyes

Just north of San Francisco, there's a row of giant Monterey cypress trees that forms a “tree tunnel”.

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Uvas Canyon Waterfall Hike

San Francisco / Swanson Creek Trail

Uvas Canyon offers up to 6-miles of hiking trails, which includes a 1.5 mile loop, which runs along Swanson Creek and passes many of the park's waterfalls.

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Hike the Matt Davis-Steep Ravine Loop

San Francisco / Matt Davis Trail

This loop is made up of three of the most popular Marin trails and for good reason. These trails offer not only expansive ocean views, but a variety of topography and environments. This 7.

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Hike to Little Yosemite in the Sunol

San Francisco / Canyon View Trailhead

Please note this is a fragile ecosystem and watershed. There is NO swimming allowed in Alameda Creek and trespassing is prohibited on Water Department lands that are not accessible to the public.

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Hike the Batteries to Bluffs Trail

San Francisco / Batteries to Bluffs Trail

The Batteries to Bluffs Trail in the Presidio is a true gem of San Francisco.

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Capture Sweeping City Views From Bernal Heights Hill

San Francisco / Bernal Heights Hill

Bernal Heights Parks is an excellent week night adventure for those who need an escape from the city. Sit atop this small, grassy peak in peace and look out over the San Francisco skyline.

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Hike to Limestone Kilns and Big Ben Redwood

San Francisco / Fall Creek

Henry Cowell Redwood State Park is a super easy destination to get to from Santa Cruz, but the seclusion of the Fall Creek Unit makes this a big bang for buck hike.

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Hike to the Garden of Eden Swimming Hole

San Francisco / Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Are the beaches of Santa Cruz too cold to swim in? Of course they are. But this swimming hole has your back. The Bay Area isn't blessed with a bounty of freely accessible, dog-friendly swimming holes.

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Climb Cone Peak in Big Sur (Sea to Sky Route)

San Francisco / Kirk Creek Campground

While you can make a day-hike out of it by driving up the gorgeous Sur-Nacimiento Road from Highway 1 to the Coast Ridge Road and take a 2 mile trail to the summit with 1300' of elevation gain (4 mil.

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Hike Mt. Sutro Open Space Reserve

San Francisco / Mt. Sutro's Fairy Gates Trail

The Mount Sutro Open Space hike is one of those gems that's just hiding in plain site.

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Hike Kirby Cove

San Francisco / Kirby Cove Road

This scenic hike is a 1.8 mile out-and-back trail located near Sausalito, CA. From the trail and beach, you'll get scenic of the Golden Gate, San Francisco's skyline, and glimpses of the East Bay.

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Hike through Portola Redwoods State Park

San Francisco / Portola Redwoods SP

Like redwood hikes? We do too, they're always very scenic and take you away from the hustle and bustle of the bay area. Not to mention, they also stay cool during the summer months.

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Take in a Sunset on Marshall's Beach

San Francisco / Marshall's Beach

If you're looking for one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marshall's Beach gives you just that without the tourist crowds of Baker Beach.

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Backpack the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail

San Francisco / Castle Rock SP

Want to experience one of the bay area's most memorable backpacking trips? We've got the details to get you out on the trail.

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Explore Highway 1 from Carmel to Big Sur

San Francisco / Lone Cypress

Being from the Central Coast, every time I visit the area I like to do the same trip - Simply because it is amazing. The trip starts along 17 mile drive located in Carmel.

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Bike the Golden Gate to Sausalito

San Francisco / Crissy Field Picnic Area

Riding your bike across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, and then enjoying some drinks on the back deck at Sam's, is a great way to spend a nice day.

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Hike the Iconic Dipsea

San Francisco / Old Mill Park

The Dipsea Race is the 2nd oldest foot race in the US. The race is named after the Dipsea Inn at the end of the trail at Stinson Beach.

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Hike Mt. Diablo

San Francisco / Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center

Mt. Diablo has some of the most expansive views in California, despite it's relatively low peak elevation. It played a large role in the surveying the Bay Area during its early discovery.

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Explore the Big Sur River Gorge

San Francisco / River Gorge Trail

If you are in the Big Sur area during the summer, exploring the Big Sur River Gorge is a must! The gorge is located in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and your closest parking will be day use parking lo.

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Catch a Sunset at Twin Peaks

San Francisco / Twin Peaks Summit

Most locals have heard of Twin Peaks, so if you hop in an Uber or Taxi you should be just fine. If not or you are driving yourself, head for Twin Peaks Boulevard, then just follow it to the top.

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Park Day at Dolores Park

San Francisco / Dolores Park

If the sun is shining, and you’re in the mood for playing around with friends in one of SF’s many amazing parks, Dolores should be at the top of your list.

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Hike the Tomales Point Trail, Pt. Reyes National Seashore

San Francisco / Tomales Point Trail

This hike will take you through the Tule Elk Preserve in Point Reyes Nation Seashore, and offers fantastic views of Bodega and Tomales Bay, as well as the Pacific Ocean.

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Run the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps

San Francisco / 16th Avenue Tiled Steps

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps are an impressive community achievement, and an equally killer workout.

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Hike to the Nature Friends Tourist Club

San Francisco / Nature Friends Tourist Club

On a warm weekend afternoon, this is a great place to grab a beer after hiking or running near Muir Woods.

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Run the Coit Tower Stairs

San Francisco / Greenwich Stairs

There are 2 sets of stairs for Coit Tower on Sansome St. The first set is at Greenwich and the second is at Filbert. The Filbert steps are a little deeper per step and are mostly wood and concrete.

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Camp at Bothe-Napa Valley SP

San Francisco / Bothe-Napa Valley SP

Looking for a romantic getaway but you’d prefer to spend your nights around a campfire? This adventure is for you.

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Catch a Sunset at Grand View Park ("Turtle Hill")

San Francisco / Grand View Park, San Francisco

A recipe for happiness in the "cool grey city of love.

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Hike Mount Davidson

San Francisco / Mount Davidson

Mount Davidson Park is located in the southwestern part of the city nestled between Diamond Heights and Portola Dr.

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Hike and Swim at Bass Lake

San Francisco / Palomarin Trailhead

Follow the Coast Trail from Palomarin Trailhead to Bass Lake. It's a fairly easy ~2.5-3 miles to the Lake. As soon as you pass the lake, on the left you will see a narrow unmarked dirt trail.

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Sunset Hike to Mile Rock Beach

San Francisco / Lands End Trail

This rocky, secluded beach is tucked in along the Land’s End Coastal Trail.

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Picnic on Black Sands Beach

San Francisco / Black Sands Beach (Marin)

Black Sand Beach is a beautiful, mile-long stretch of black sand just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Hike to Nisene Marks' Maple Falls

San Francisco / Aptos Creek Fire Road

As you enter the park, you'll need to pay $8 for parking via a self-pay envelope, so it's recommended that you bring exact change. At the park booth, be sure to grab a map.

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Beach Bonfire at Ocean Beach

San Francisco / Ocean Beach

Yes, it's often cold in the city.

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Explore Pinnacles National Park

San Francisco / Pinnacles National Park

It’s hard to believe how many people don’t know about this place, which was newly designated as a National Park in January 2013.

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Backpack to Point Reyes' Wildcat Camp

San Francisco / Palomarin Trailhead

In order to make this trip possible, go to recreation.gov and make a reservation for Wildcat Camp (available year-round).

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Hike Point Lobos Natural Preserve

San Francisco / Point Lobos State Reserve

Point Lobos contains headlands, coves and rolling meadows, and its offshore area forms one of the richest underwater habitats in the world, popular with divers.

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Hike Mt. Livermore

San Francisco / Angel Island SP

Unless you own a boat or a kayak, this adventure requires a ride on the Blue and Gold Ferry from Pier 41 in San Francisco. But let’s be honest, that’s actually half the fun.

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Camp on Angel Island

San Francisco / Angel Island SP

Thousands of years ago, this island was a fishing and hunting ground for the Miwok Native Americans. It has also been an outpost for the U.S. Army and a cattle ranch.

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A Steep Hike to Murietta Falls

San Francisco / Ohlone Wilderness

Get ready for one of the toughest, lung busting hikes in the east bay with over 6-miles and 4,000ft of climbing in one direction.

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Camp Out in the Steep Ravine Cabins

San Francisco / Steep Ravine Campground

Although these cabins are bare bones, lacking both water and electricity, they couldn't put you in a better spot for views of the Pacific Ocean.

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Run the Lyon Street Steps

San Francisco / Lyon Street Steps

Rumor has it there are almost 300 stairs from top to bottom. This is a great place to get some exercise in if you're up for running or walking up the stairs.

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Explore the Cypress Tree Tunnels at Moss Beach

San Francisco / Cypress Cove Entrance

The Cypress Tree Tunnels are a quick jaunt from San Francisco (22 miles) and make for a great half-day trip. Getting here depends on traffic, but 30 minutes from the center of the city is doable.

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Photograph San Francisco by Night from Corona Heights Park

San Francisco / Corona Heights Park Entrance

Corona Heights Park is a park located north of the Castro and South of Buena Vista Park.

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Hike Point Reyes' Chimney Rock

San Francisco / Chimney Rock Trail

Chimney Rock is a 1.8 mile out-and-back, single-track trail. The trailhead gets crowded (even on weekdays) with amateur and professional photographers, as well as nature lovers clutching field guides.

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Hike to Hidden Labyrinths in the Oakland Hills

San Francisco / Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve

From Skyline Blvd, pull into the staging area for Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, you'll see the sign. Parking here is usually easy to find.

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Explore Big Sur's Calla Lily Valley

San Francisco / Calla Lily Valley

Parking is available along the dirt pullout at Gate 19 for Garrapata State Park, near mile-marker 63. Signs are small and difficult to see.

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Russian Ridge Trail Run

San Francisco / Russian Ridge

Russian Ridge offers a great place to jump on the trail and in the right season, see some of the best wildflowers blooming. On top of that, you get access to amazing views from the ridge.

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Catch a Sunset at Pfeiffer Beach

San Francisco / Pfeiffer Beach

Pfeiffer Beach located in Big Sur may truly be one of the most awesome beaches in California...if you can find it.

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Picturesque Views from Mt. Tam's East Ridge

San Francisco / East Ridgecrest

This road provides one of the most scenic views of the pacific from north of the Golden Gate.

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Swim at the Inkwells

San Francisco / The Inkwells

These natural swimming holes are filled with water flowing from Kent Lake, so they're usually pretty refreshing. And by refreshing, we mean cold.

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Hiking Through the Marin Headlands

San Francisco / Vista Viewpoint

The headlands offer great views of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can make the Vista Viewpoint you're starting off point to leave your car or if you're riding, just stop in and enjoy the view.

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Stargaze at Lick Observatory

San Francisco / Lick Observatory

Hop on Road 130 heading out of San Jose and follow the winding two lane road up, up, up to to the top of Mt. Hamilton and the Lick Observatory.

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Catch a Sunset at Natural Bridges State Beach

San Francisco / Natural Bridges SB

Natural Bridges State Beach is a wonderful place to photograph located in Santa Cruz off of West Cliff Drive.

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Explore Panther Beach

San Francisco / Panther Beach

Panther Beach's white sand, clear water, and interesting rock formations make it one of the most stunning beaches along this stretch of CA1.

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Hike to Carson Falls

San Francisco / Carson Falls

Are you tired of crowds on your hikes? First, shame on you for getting up so late and moving so slowly.

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Catch the Sunset at Grizzly Peak

San Francisco / Grizzly Peak Lookout

A well-known sunset spot in the East Bay, and rightfully so - the views from Grizzly Peak are stunning. You have several pull-offs to pick from. The larger ones have logs to sit upon.

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Explore The Hidden Rock Caves At Partington Cove

San Francisco / Partington Cove trail

Partington Cove which is located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, is one of Big Sur's hidden gems.

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Hike up Twin Peaks

San Francisco / Twin Peaks Trailhead

There are a ton of ways to get here (and obviously that can affect the total distance) but this is starting from Crestline and make sure you don't take any of the less-traveled trials.

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Explore Point Lobos' Whalers Cove

San Francisco / Whalers Cove

Point Lobos is one of the hidden gems of the California coast. Located just off of Route 1 right after Monterey, Point Lobos is a state park on the coast.

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Hike Salmon Creek and Falls

San Francisco / Salmon Creek Trailhead

Feel free to hike Salmon Creek Trail at your own pace – you can choose to turn back at any point, or at the Spruce (2 miles in) or Estrella (3.25 miles in) sites.

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Luxurious Camping at Treebones Resort

San Francisco / Treebones Resort

If you’ve always wanted to experience Big Sur, but sleeping on the ground isn’t really your thing, Treebones might be exactly what you’re looking for.

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Trail Run in Golden Gate Park

San Francisco / Strawberry Hill - Golden Gate Park

Strawberry Hill is one of the hidden gems of Golden Gate Park. It is named after the once abundant strawberry fields that inhabited the island.

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Hike the Saratoga Gap Trail

San Francisco / Castle Rock SP

The Saratoga Gap Trail is relatively lightly trafficked trail that is good year round, although waterfalls peak in late winter and spring. Overall, this 4.

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Relax at Baker Beach

San Francisco / Baker Beach

If you're looking for a beach that's a little more protected and scenic than Ocean Beach, then Baker Beach is it. Bring a cooler and some burritos out and kick it with your friends.

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Catch a Sunrise at Hawk Hill

San Francisco / Hawk Hill

If you're leaving from SF, head over the bridge and exit onto Alexander Ave. Make the immediate left under the overpass and you'll be on the road to Hawk Hill.

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Chillin at Fort Mason

San Francisco / Great Meadow Park

When the sun comes out in San Francisco, Fort Mason's Great Meadow Park transforms into ground zero for bocce ball, corn hole, wiffle ball, music, dancing, wine, and beer.

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Camp at Francis Beach Campground

San Francisco / Half Moon Bay SB

If you love to log as much water time as possible, this little gem is the campsite for you.

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Camp on Prewitt Ridge

San Francisco / Prewitt Ridge

After much time in Big Sur, it became quickly apparent that Prewitt Ridge is the crown jewel of camping in the area.

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Boat in Golden Gate Park

San Francisco / Stow Lake

Not too many people know that you can rent a rowboat at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park, but you can.

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Explore Devil's Slide Bunker

San Francisco / Devil's Slide Bunker

The Devil's Slide Bunker is perched out on a point the defiantly juts out into the ocean.

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Exploring Rodeo Beach

San Francisco / Fort Cronkhite - Rodeo Beach

Rodeo beach is 10 minute drive past the Golden Gate. Pack up the car with a couple beverages and something to eat, then spend the afternoon and evening taking in the sunset.

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Run the Stanford Dish

San Francisco / The Dish

If you live in the Palo Alto area and are looking for a place to hike or run, The Dish is a close, and great way to get that exercise.

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Hike the Ewoldsen Trail

San Francisco / Ewoldsen Trail

The Ewoldsen Trail is one of the more accessible yet challenging hikes in Big Sur.

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Swing at Billy Goat Hill

San Francisco / Bill Goat Hill

Billy Goat Hill Park is located in the Glen Park neighborhood of San Francisco. The park has street parking at the top of the park on Beacon Street or at the base of the park on Ladley Street.

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Backpack Castle Rock State Park

San Francisco / Castle Rock SP

Castle Rock Trail Camp has a different policy than other backcountry camps in the area (i.e. campsites along Skyline to the Sea).

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Explore the Ruins of The Sutro Baths

San Francisco / Sutro Baths

Whether you simply look down on the ruins from the parking lot above, or walk down the stairs and explore, you will be greeted with stunning views of the Baths, and the Pacific.

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Swim at Lake Anza in Tilden Park

San Francisco / Lake Anza

Lake Anza makes for a great warm weather swimming hole. The parking area is close to the beach along with the trail, which will take you around the lake.

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Camp at Russian Gulch State Park

San Francisco / Russian Gulch SP

Just two miles north of Mendocino, you'll find this beautiful, well-maintained park that features a little bit of everything.

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Backcountry Camp at Big Basin's Sunset Trail Camp

San Francisco / Big Basin Headquarters

Looking for a more authentic hiking and camping weekend, without having to drive hours away to find it? Then the Sunset Trail Camp within Big Basin Redwoods SP is your ticket.

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Hike the Land of Medicine Buddha Loop

San Francisco / Land of the Medicine Buddha Trail

There are two trail options at the center.

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Run the Baker Beach Sand Ladder

San Francisco / Baker Beach Sand Ladder

The Baker Beach Sand Ladder is a section of the Pacific Coast Trail that is comprised of 200 ten foot poles tied together to form stairs down to North Baker Beach from Lincoln Blvd.

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Explore the S.S. Point Reyes Shipwreck

San Francisco / Point Reyes Shipwreck

Explore the shipwreck of the S.S. Point Reyes, perched on a sand bar off the shoreline of Tomales Bay. It is located in the small town of Inverness, just behind the grocery store.

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Hike Gray Whale Cove Trail

San Francisco / Gray Whale Cove Trailhead

Gray whale cove trail is a splendid, short, and easy hike for the entire family with beautiful ocean views.

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Explore Berkeley's Hidden Waterfall in Codornices Park

San Francisco / Quail Trail (Codornices Park)

Park along the street in front of Codornices Park in Berkeley. Follow the stream to the left of the playground. Take the path up the hill to the right (don't head over the bridge on the left).

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Hike Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP

San Francisco / Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

There are two places to park for this specific loop- the main parking area on Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard) and a smaller parking lot on the western end of the park.

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Hike the Matt Davis-Coastal Trail Loop

San Francisco / Matt Davis Trail

This hike is an alternative to the famous Matt Davis to Steep Ravine Loop. The hike starts at Stinson Beach, just behind the fire Station. I recommend parking at the Beach parking lot.

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Sonoma County Redwoods Hike

San Francisco / Armstrong Redwoods

This park most resembles Muir Woods, and if you're looking to get out of the tourist trap, head to Armstrong Redwoods and make a day of it.

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Hike to Pfeiffer Falls

San Francisco / Pfeiffer Falls and Valley View Trail

This trail is a staff favorite at Big Sur. This family-friendly waterfall trail provides only a moderate challenge for young children and older family members.

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Cruising Pacific Coast Highway in Northern California

San Francisco / Stinson Beach

Start your drive on US Highway 1 aka Pacific Coast Highway just North of San Francisco. The drive will take about 1 -2 days so plan on overnighting somewhere.

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Hiking Briones Park's Lafayette Ridge

San Francisco / Lafayette Ridge Trail

This is a nice and casual hike through the meadows and rolling hills, dotted with cows and hawks and sometimes goats or foxes.

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Hike the Windy Hill Loop

San Francisco / Windy Hill Open Space Preserve

This 7.2-mile loop starts by heading out of the parking lot and onto the Spring Ridge Trail. Head Southeast On Spring Ridge Trail until you connect with Hamms Gulch Trail.

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Beach Picnic at Shark Fin Cove

San Francisco / Shark Fin Cove

Shark Fin Cove is a large rock formation in an inlet off Highway 1 in Northern California. It is located 1 mile south of Davenport and 10 miles north of Santa Cruz.

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Hike & Fish at Lake Chabot Regional Park

San Francisco / Anthony Chabot Regional Park

Looking for a fun day on a lake, but don't want to drive too far? We recommend heading out to the East Bay where you can combine a nice hike with an afternoon of fishing.

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Explore WWII Ruins on Point Bonita

San Francisco / Point Bonita

All throughout the Marin Headlands are WWII-era bunkers, batteries and ruins, including a complex on the hillside above the Point Bonita Lighthouse that provide amazing views of San Francisco, the Go.

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Camp at Kirby Cove

San Francisco / Kirby Cove Campground

Yes, you can camp just over the Golden Gate! Kirby Cove Campground has 4 overnight campsites and 1 picnic area for day use.

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Hike the Old Homestead Loop

San Francisco / Black Diamond Mines Trails

This is a fun day hike that takes you through the beautiful hills of the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve and a bit of the Contra Loma Recreational Area as well.

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Explore the Avenue of the Giants

San Francisco / Avenue of the Giants

The Avenue of the Giants is a scenic 31 mile long highway that is surrounded by 51,222 acres of giant redwood trees in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. This road offers amazing views of the redwoods.

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Explore Point Pinole Shoreline

San Francisco / Point Pinole Regional Shoreline

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline is a 2,315-acre parkland that juts out into the San Pablo Bay.

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Headlands Ride to Point Bonita Lighthouse

San Francisco / Marin Headlands

The Headlands are a quick ride over the Golden Gate. On the ride, you'll see wildflowers, rugged coastline, and the Point Bonita Lighthouse.

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Enjoy a Dog Friendly Beach Day

San Francisco / Fort Funston

Fort Funston is an SF gem I discovered when looking for a dog friendly hike near the city.

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Watch the Sunset at Martin's Beach

San Francisco / Martin's Beach

Martin's Beach is a beach about 7 miles south of Half Moon Bay. It features a large, very cool looking rock formation right off the coast.

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Explore Lovers Point

San Francisco / Lover's Point

LOVERS POINT PARK AND BEACH: According to local legend, this park was originally called "Lovers of Jesus Point," back in the era when Pacific Grove was a Methodist retreat camp.

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Bonfire at Muir Beach

San Francisco / Muir Beach

Take in a scenic sunset and enjoy the warmth of a bonfire on the beach! Muir Beach changes the number of fire pits it has seasonally.

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Hike the Morgan Territory Regional Preserve Loop

San Francisco / Eagle Trailhead, Morgan Territory Regional Preserve

This regional preserve is perfect for day hikes. There are also designated campsites and even a backpack campsite. Horses and dogs are welcome in the preserve.

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Surf at Big Sur's Sand Dollar Beach

San Francisco / Plaskett Creek Campground

Head into Big Sur and get a campsite at Plaskett Creek. You can either make a reservation through recreation.gov or show up and hope to luck out on one of the first-come, first-serve campsites.

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Backpack to Pt. Reyes' Coast Campground

San Francisco / Laguna Trailhead

This campground is the closest you can get to staying overnight on Pt. Reyes coastline if you're backpacking in.

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Hike around Greyhound Beach and Climb Greyhound Rock

San Francisco / Greyhound Rock Beach

The trailhead is at the Greyhound Rock State Marine Conservation Area which is directly off Highway 1.

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Picnic Beneath the Golden Gate

San Francisco / West Bluff Picnic Area

If the weather forecast looks promising, you could do a lot worse than planning a picnic at the West Bluff Picnic Area in the Presidio.

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Photographing the Sunset at Panther Beach

San Francisco / Panther Beach

Probably my favorite beach in the Santa Cruz area. Panther Beach lies just south of Davenport along the beautiful Hwy 1.

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Backpack to Redfern Pond, CA

San Francisco / Hunting Hollow

Henry W. Coe State Park, northern California's largest, provides outdoor enthusiasts with over 89,000 acres of land to explore, as well as 22,000 acres of designated wilderness area.

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Kayak Camping in Pt. Reyes

San Francisco / Chicken Ranch Beach

Like camping in remote locations? Love oysters? This is it! Tomales Bay offers boat-in only campgrounds along the east side of the peninsula.

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Sunset Hike to Mori Point

San Francisco / Mori Point Trailhead

Start at the parking lots close to the pier, where bathrooms are also available. Walk along the pier to watch the sunset as it begins.

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Bouldering at Indian Rock

San Francisco / Indian Rock Park

Indian Rock is one of the most popular outdoor bouldering spots in Berkeley. With over 80 problems, there's plenty of routes for beginners to the most advanced climbers.

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Sunrise Hike at Windy Hill

San Francisco / Anniversary Trailhead

There are a few options to this hike.

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Hike the Lake Berryessa Loop

San Francisco / Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve Trail

At the bend in the road on Highway 128, you will pass two silver gates. The gate with the UC Davis logo is the entrance to the trailhead.

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Catch a Sunrise at Ina Coolbrith Park

San Francisco / Ina Coolbrith Park

This tucked away neighborhood gem is less than a square block in size, but offers some of the best views of San Francisco.

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Camp at Mt. Tam's Pantoll Campground

San Francisco / Pantoll Campground

Need an escape from SF, but can't seem to find an available campground, then head to Pantoll Campground in Mount Tamalpais State Park.

358 Saves

Backpack Sam McDonald Park

San Francisco / Sam McDonald County Park Parking Area

The Pescadero Creek Park Complex is a great place to escape for a day or overnight hike in the heart of the Bay Area.

358 Saves

Watch the Sunset at Point Reyes Lighthouse

San Francisco / Point Reyes Lighthouse

From San Francisco, drive north over the Golden Gate Bridge and onto the scenic Route One.

355 Saves

Ride Paradise Loop

San Francisco / Paradise Loop

Riding this loop has long been a popular option for San Franciscan riders looking to escape the busy city streets.

355 Saves

Bouldering at Glen Canyon Park

San Francisco / Glen Canyon Park

Want to get out of the climbing gym, and do some bouldering in the city? Head to Glen Canyon park! After you park the car, take a short hike on a shade-covered path to the boulders.

350 Saves

Easy Lakeside Camping

San Francisco / Del Valle Regional Park

Looking for a quick summer escape filled with stand up paddling, canoeing, fishing, hiking, and picnics? Look no further than Del Valle Regional Park.

350 Saves

Hike Rodeo Cove to Point Bonita Lighthouse

San Francisco / Marin Headlands Visitor Center

If you're looking for a little hike and a lot of beach, you'll find your ideal combo at Rodeo Beach and Point Bonita Lighthouse. Park at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center at the head of the 0.

348 Saves

Camp Out in the Human Nest

San Francisco / Treebones Resort

Located about 40 miles south of the entrance to Big Sur, Treebones Resort has everything you need for that weekend away from the screens we look at everyday.

343 Saves

A Beach Bonfire in Santa Cruz at Twin Lakes SB

San Francisco / Twin Lakes State Beach

This one-mile stretch of beach is the perfect option for those looking for a peaceful Santa Cruz experience, but without the crowds.

343 Saves

Hike Wildcat Peak, CA

San Francisco / Inspiration Point Trailhead

From Inspiration Point, head toward Nimitz gate. Once you pass through the gate, keep an eye out for Curran Trailhead; this is the trail you'll be starting on.

341 Saves

Hike or Bike the Old Growth Redwood Loop at El Corte de Madera

San Francisco / El Corte de Madera Parking Lot

This hike starts at the middle parking lot of the El Corte de Madera Open Space Preserve. The middle lot is located roughly a mile south on Skyline Boulevard from the Skeggs Point Vista.

340 Saves

Sunset at Glass Beach

San Francisco / Glass Beach Trail

Glass Beach is located at MacKerricher State Park in Fort Bragg, CA along the Pacific Coast Highway in Northern California.

336 Saves

Camp at Big Basin Redwoods State Park

San Francisco / Big Basin Headquarters

An hour away from the thrumming city of San Jose, ancient immense trees live in a forest full of vibrant ferns and rushing waterfalls.

332 Saves

Explore Bowling Ball Beach

San Francisco / Bowling Ball Beach

This scenic beach is a part of Schooner Gulch State Beach in Mendocino County. The beach is named after it's iconic sandstone "bowling balls" found there.

332 Saves

A Beautiful Hike to Abbotts Lagoon

San Francisco / Abbott's Lagoon Trail

If you like beaches, headlands, scenic landscapes, wildflowers, and tons of wildlife viewing, you should give this hike a try.

331 Saves

Visit the Berkeley Rose Garden

San Francisco / Berkeley Rose Garden

I'm always surprised at how few people know of this beautiful garden. I'm often alone when I visit, which allows for perfect serenity. Visit in early spring for maximum blooms.

330 Saves

Run Slacker Hill

San Francisco / Coastal Trail (Slacker Hill)

Although the Headlands can be crowded, particularly at the parking-lot chaos of the Vista Point and pull-offs along Conzelman Road, the three routes leading to the summit of Slacker Hill remain relat.

325 Saves

Kayak in Elkhorn Slough

San Francisco / Moss Landing Harbor

Elkhorn Slough is located in Moss Landing, which is in the dead center of Monterey Bay, California.

323 Saves

Hike the Homestead-Blue Ridge Loop

San Francisco / Homestead Trailhead

From the official trailhead, start off by taking the Homestead Trail, which forks towards the right. A trail connecting Homestead and Blue Ridge will take you to a creek nearby.

322 Saves

Redwoods Camping at Samuel P Taylor

San Francisco / Samuel P. Taylor SP

These West Marin campsites are often overlooked. It does get busy during the summer, but take the rest of the year to explore this state park.

322 Saves

Hike the Steep Ravine Trail via Pantoll Station

San Francisco / Steep Ravine Trail from Pantoll Station, Marin

The trailhead Pantoll Station is easy to find on GPS and there are friendly rangers there as well to answer questions.Maps: Paper map are available at the trailhead Pantoll Station in Marin, CA.

321 Saves

6-Mile Run up Twin Peaks and Mt. Sutro

San Francisco / Stanyan St & Parnasus Ave

Are you thinking, hit up two of the bigger peaks in SF, what a great idea? Well, you thought right! The first mile and a half is uphill as you charge to the top of Twin Peaks.

319 Saves

Climb Beaver Street Wall

San Francisco / Beaver Street Wall

Beaver Street Wall is one of the few places to climb in the San Francisco city limits. The 45 ft. tall wall is located in the Corona Heights neighborhood, just north west of Market St.

314 Saves

Hike to Sempervirens Falls

San Francisco / Sequoia Trailhead

The hike to Sempervirens Falls is an easy 2.1 mile out-and-back hike on the Sequoia Trail. You'll travel through the redwood forest and some of the campgrounds located in Big Basin State Park.

311 Saves

Hike Montara Mountain

San Francisco / Gray Whale Cove SB

Montara Mountain is an easy summit to add to your Bay Area peakbagging list, a fun hike for families and dogs, or a challenging trail run that will leave your calves screaming.

310 Saves

Hike Nimitz Way to Wildcat Peak

San Francisco / Nimitz Way Trailhead

Tilden Park is a beautiful recreational area with scenic hiking trails, a swimming lake, small animal farm, a steam train and botanical gardens.

308 Saves

Explore the Pidgeon Point Lighthouse

San Francisco / Pigeon Point Light Station SHP

Pidgeon Point Lighthouse is conveniently located just 50 miles south of San Francisco. Constructed in 1872 and standing at 115 feet, it is among the tallest lighthouse in America.

307 Saves

Camp at Ventana Campground, Big Sur

San Francisco / Ventana Campground

This campground is a gem when it comes to Big Sur camping, book here. Each site includes a parking spot, a campfire ring with grill, a picnic table, and plenty of space for 1-2 tents.

302 Saves

Camp at Black Sands Beach on the Lost Coast

San Francisco / Black Sands Beach Trailhead

Black Sands Beach, and all of the Lost Coast, is almost indescribable in its ruggedness and beauty.

294 Saves

Exploring Big Sur to Pigeon Point

San Francisco / Pigeon Point Light Station SHP

We started off in Big Sur and took as many pull-off viewpoints as possible between Big Sur and the final destination, Pigeon Point Lighthouse.

294 Saves

Hike the Hill 88 Loop

San Francisco / Fort Cronkhite - Rodeo Beach

This quick, yet challenging trail run is located just minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

293 Saves

Catch the Sunset at Maverick's Beach

San Francisco / Tide Pools Parking Lot

Maverick's beach is most well-known for the Maverick surf competition and the gnarly waves which surface here in the winter months. For the rest of the year, the beach is still a site to see.

290 Saves

Bike the Cowell-Purisima Coastal Trail

San Francisco / Cowell Ranch State Beach

This trail begins at the Cowell State Beach parking lot and is only open on the weekends. From the lot, take the short Cowell Ranch Access trail to a scenic overlook.

289 Saves

Photograph Bixby Bridge

San Francisco / Bixby Bridge

You can't miss this bridge if you are driving north on highway one. The best time for capturing sunsets behind the bridge is December.

289 Saves

Trail Run at Sweeney Ridge

San Francisco / Sweeney Ridge Trail

Starting from the parking lot on Sneath Lane Trail, you’ll head through the gate and continue on the path up Sweeney Ridge. This is a 5.7 mile out-and-back trek. There is a 600 ft.

277 Saves

Camping at Limekiln State Park

San Francisco / Limekiln State Park Campground

This campsite is split into two sections and is located directly below a bridge along Route 1 the Pacific Coast Highway. Be cautious turning into the park as the incline and turn are quite serious.

275 Saves

Camp at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

San Francisco / Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground

The campground at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park offers a spectacular variety of natural settings to enjoy.

275 Saves

Hike to Big Sur's Tin House

San Francisco / Tanbark Trail

When it comes to the beauty of Big Sur, a half day on Tanbark Trail to the Tin House captures it all.

271 Saves

6-Mile Presidio Run

San Francisco / Sports Basement Presidio

This route starts and ends and the Sports Basement Presidio, which means easy parking. Just make not sure not to spend everything you've got when you check things out after the run.

269 Saves

Hike the Andrew Molera State Park Loop

San Francisco / Andrew Molera State Park Parking lot

The loops starts at the Andrew Molera State Park parking lot (4.5 miles north of the entrance to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park along Highway 1).

265 Saves

Backpack the Pine Ridge in Big Sur, North Coast Ridge Loop

San Francisco / Big Sur Station

If you are looking to do some backpacking in the Big Sur area, you've come to the right place.

264 Saves

Hike the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

San Francisco / Monterey Bay Aquarium

Starting at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, this out-and-back hike takes you out to Pacific Grove before returning for a 6.5 mile round-trip. There is virtually no elevation change on this hike.

255 Saves

Hike To Zim Zim Falls

San Francisco / Zim Zim Falls Trail

This 8 mile (out and back) hike begins at the trail head off of Knoxville Road, just before mile marker 24. The first 3 miles are relatively flat, though you will cross the creek about 9 times.

253 Saves

Hike or Run Mt. Tam via Temelpa Trail

San Francisco / Temelpa Trail

The Mt.

253 Saves

Camp at Manresa Beach

San Francisco / Manresa State Beach

All 64 tent campsites here are walk-in, making them further in from the road, and more roomy. Each site comes with a fire ring, picnic table, and food locker.

252 Saves

Relaxing at Garrapata Beach

San Francisco / Soberanes Point Trailhead

A wonderful roadside beach and state park. Easy parking on both sides of Hwy. 1 with short access trails. There are almost 2 miles of coastline trails heading north and south from the parking area.

252 Saves

Hike Muir Beach to Tennessee Valley

San Francisco / Muir Beach

Head out from the southwest side of the Muir Beach parking lot and catch the Coastal Trail.

251 Saves

Hike the Cataract Trail Loop

San Francisco / Rock Springs Parking Area

Duration: 3.5-4 hour hike at a moderate to quick pace with a short break for lunch.

251 Saves

Kayak with Humpback Whales in Monterey Bay

San Francisco / Moss Landing

Disclaimer: Please keep a respectful distance from the whales and other sea wildlife for their protection and your own. Note, changing the animal's natural behavior is a violation of federal law.

249 Saves

Hike the Sky Trail in Point Reyes

San Francisco / Sky Trail, Point Reyes

Sky Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore is a dramatic, mostly single-track trail that runs along the main spine of the Inverness Ridge and across highest mountains in Point Reyes, looming above th.

245 Saves

Backpack to Goat Camp in Big Sur

San Francisco / Goat Camp Trailhead

To find this trailhead, head down Highway 1 towards Limekiln State Park Campground. Between Lucia and Limekiln, there should be a shoulder off the side of the road to park overnight.

244 Saves

Hiking, Swimming, and Fishing in Wine Country

San Francisco / Annadel SP

Annadel State Park is located in the historic Valley of the Moon, just 60 miles north of San Francisco, in Sonoma.

244 Saves

Camp at Usal Beach on the Lost Coast

San Francisco / Usal Campgroud

Getting to Usal beach can be a little tricky, but it is well worth the effort. Usal Road (Mendocino Country Rd 431) is found 13 miles north of Westport or 14.5 miles southwest of Legget on Highway 1.

242 Saves

Run to Hopper's Hands

San Francisco / Fort Point

Hundreds of people touch Hopper's Hands every day as a turn-around point on their runs in and around Crissy Field and The San Francisco Bay Trail.

241 Saves

Summit San Bruno Mountain

San Francisco / San Bruno Mountain SP

The Summit Loop Trail is a fun, mellow hike that climbs easily on a well-graded path to the ridge line, and then drops back to the trailhead, about a 3.5 -mile circuit.

239 Saves

Camp at Butano State Park

San Francisco / Butano State Park Campground

Butano State Park definitely flies under the radar. But for those who love quick escapes, small crowds, fun hikes, and beautiful redwoods, it's a favorite.

239 Saves

Take in a Sunset at Soberanes Point, Garrapata SP

San Francisco / Soberanes Point Trailhead

Garrapata State Park is located along California's Highway 1, roughly 5 miles south of Carmel, California.

237 Saves

Explore the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

San Francisco / Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Located beside a residential neighborhood, Fitzgerald Marine Reserve offers a rare glimpse of life in the northern California intertidal zones.

236 Saves

Hike Pillar Point Bluff

San Francisco / Jean Lauer Trailhead

Sitting on a 140 acre bluff top, the Pillar Point Bluffs are a simple, easy hike with breathtaking views throughout.

235 Saves

Trail Run Claremont Canyon Regional Park in the Berkeley Hills

San Francisco / Claremont Canyon Regional Park

From the trailhead at Stonewall Road, the 1.5-2 mile trail makes for an excellent before or after-work run. But the steep hills and loose ground aren’t for those looking to find an easy nature walk.

234 Saves

Bonfire at Seabright State Beach

San Francisco / Seabright State Beach

This is a wide, beautiful beach that's an amazing spot to spend the day and enjoy a bonfire at night.

234 Saves

Surf Under The Golden Gate at Fort Point

San Francisco / Fort Point

This has to one of the coolest spots to surf in the world. The break itself is a left point that requires a healthy swell to wrap into the bay, and only gets good on occasion.

231 Saves

Ride to the Top of this Scenic Viewpoint

San Francisco / Hawk Hill

If you're looking to ride and to get a great view of the city but and want more than to just ride the Golden Gate, then this is for you.

225 Saves

Running the East Bay Wilderness

San Francisco / Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Take time to stop in the first area, Rocky Ridge with it’s grassy knolls to enjoy views in all areas.

224 Saves

Hike around Phoenix Lake

San Francisco / Phoenix Lake Trail

Enjoy the peacefulness of making it out to the lake for a quick hike without worrying too much about challenging climbs or difficult terrain.

215 Saves

Catch a Sunset at Gray Whale Cove

San Francisco / Gray Whale Cove

Starting at the parking lot adjacent to Gray Whale Cove State Beach, proceed to the start sign indicating "Grey Whale Cove Trail".

211 Saves

Camp at the Rob Hill Campground

San Francisco / Rob Hill Campground

Rob Hill Campground is a hidden treasure, located at the Presidio’s highest point above Baker Beach amid a beautiful eucalyptus grove.

209 Saves

Hike Mount Saint Helena

San Francisco / Mt. St. Helena Trail

Drive north from Napa following Rt 29, through Calistoga and up into the forest.

206 Saves

Camp at Sunset State Beach

San Francisco / Sunset State Beach

Campsites here come with a fire ring and picnic table, as well as bathroom and shower access. These sites are particularly recommended for families and large groups.

203 Saves

Hike the 3 Branches of the Limekiln

San Francisco / Limekiln Trails

The Limekiln Trails offer up a moderate hike with defined trails, creek crossings, and limited elevation.

202 Saves

Park Day at Foothills Park

San Francisco / Foothills Park

Disclaimer: Foothills Park requires proof of residence in Palo Alto or being accompanied by a resident of the city. Learn more here. Foothills Park is 2.7 miles west of 280 after exiting Page Mill.

201 Saves

Backpack the Glen Camp Loop via the Palomarin Trailhead

San Francisco / Palomarin Trailhead

Day 1 Before heading to the trailhead, make sure to stop by the Bear Valley Visitor Center to pick up your permit. To stay overnight in Point Reyes, you must stay at one of the trail camps.

200 Saves

Seaside Ride Along Old Cove Landing

San Francisco / Old Cove Landing Trail Trailhead

The Old Cove Landing Trail at Wilder Ranch is the perfect destination for a relaxing bike ride.

200 Saves

Hike the Stebbins Cold Canyon Loop

San Francisco / Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve Trail

Stebbins Cold Canyon is a great day hike for all skill levels, accessible year round, and offers an abundance of wild flower viewing, including the California poppy.

200 Saves

Take a Stroll on the Redwood Grove Loop

San Francisco / Redwood Grove Loop Traihead

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located just a few miles north of the city of Santa Cruz, along Highway 9.

198 Saves

Sunset Picnic at Kite Hill

San Francisco / Kite Hill

Kite Hill is nothing more than what the name describes. A simple ascent less than 100 feet in elevation.

197 Saves

Relax on a Secluded Beach Near Soberanes Point

San Francisco / Soberanes Point - Gate 10

When we stumbled upon this beach we were thrilled to have such great views with no crowds.

197 Saves

Camp at Bodega Dunes Campground

San Francisco / Bodega Dunes

These kind of getaways shouldn't be planned many weeks before the trip. So we didn't booked a campground. And from this experience we learn that you don't have to reserve a campground.

196 Saves

Surf Cowell's Cove

San Francisco / Cowell's Cove

Cowell's Cove is located just south of Santa Cruz’s iconic Steamer Lane. The break is a slow pealing right, and is a very user-friendly wave for beginners.

193 Saves

Surf at Pacifica State Beach

San Francisco / Linda Mar

If you're looking for a place to surf and Ocean Beach isn't quite your speed or Santa Cruz is too far, head to Pacifica, specifically Linda Mar.

192 Saves

Northern Mendocino Camping and Surf Adventure

San Francisco / Blues Beach

I know it can be difficult to find access and opportunities to camp for free on the beach. Look no further, Blues Beach is off the beaten path and offers year round surf and free camping.

191 Saves

Hike the Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve Loop

San Francisco / Pulgas Ridge Parking Lot

Getting there: exit Highway 280 at Edgewood Road, travel .75 miles east, turn left on Crestview Drive, then immediately left again on Edmonds Road.

190 Saves

Bouldering & BBQ at Stinson

San Francisco / Stinson Beach

Stinson offers up a great beach day with a few activities for everyone to enjoy.

190 Saves

Lost Mine Trail Run

San Francisco / Monte Bello Open Space Preserve

Communes, dairy, and gold.

189 Saves

Camp Under the Redwoods at Memorial Park

San Francisco / Memorial Park

With old growth redwoods and a creek swimming area, Memorial Park is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area. Memorial Park is only a few miles east of the town of Pescadero.

189 Saves

Hike Along the Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail

San Francisco / Half Moon Bay SB

Start at the visitor center along Kelly Avenue. Take note that the day parking fee is $10 in 2016 for each vehicle.

185 Saves

Camp at Andrew Molera State Park

San Francisco / Andrew Molera Campground

Andrew Molera is about 27 miles south of Carmel and one of the first State Parks you'll hit heading down the coast.

181 Saves

Swim at Crown Memorial State Beach

San Francisco / Crown Beach

This beach has some of the warmest ocean water in the bay area. The swimming area is also fairly shallow, making it a safer, more protected swimming area.

181 Saves

Ride Single Track in McLaren

San Francisco / McLaren Park

Beyond McLaren's family friendly playgrounds and picnic areas, there are miles of single track to explore.

179 Saves

Sonoma Valley Wine Tour Bike Ride

San Francisco / Sonoma Valley Bike Tours and Rentals

This 12 mile bike path starts at a rental shop in Sonoma Country called Sonoma Valley Bike Tours and Rentals.

179 Saves

Hike Sugarloaf's Pony Gate-Canyon Loop

San Francisco / Adobe Canyon Road

The Pony Gate-Canyon Loop within Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is a new favorite of mine on my list of family and kid-friendly hikes. Our little girls did great with this hike and loved it.

179 Saves

Take a Swim at Aquatic Park

San Francisco / Aquatic Park

Take an early morning swim and watch the sunrise over the east bay or catch an afternoon swim on a sunny SF day.

172 Saves

Beach Bonfire at Drake's Beach, Pt. Reyes

San Francisco / Drakes Beach

Named after the famed explorer, Sir Francis Drake, Drakes Beach is part of the scenic Point Reyes National Seashore.

172 Saves

Hike the Coastal Trail from Rodeo Beach to Muir Beach

San Francisco / Rodeo Beach

This hike has beautiful views in the Marin Headlands. You'll find easy parking in the Rodeo Beach Parking lot if you get there early (by 8:30 am).

171 Saves

Hike the Ocean View Summit Loop

San Francisco / Big Basin Headquarters

This hike begins at the Big Basin park headquarters. If you're up for 6 miles through giant redwoods and along serene creeks, and with an ocean view, then this is the hike for you.

171 Saves

Hike the Old Growth Redwoods Trail

San Francisco / Big Basin Old Growth Trail

Quick half-mile stroll through the old growth Redwoods that will show you the nature of the ever-living redwood tree.

171 Saves

Visit the Tilden Little Farm

San Francisco / Tilden Little Farm

First make sure to stop at the store and stock up on fresh lettuce and celery for the animals.

170 Saves

Crab Fishing at China Beach

San Francisco / China Beach

It's illegal to catch Dungeness Crab inside the bay, but once you reach Baker Beach and China Beach, it's legal to catch 10 per valid fishing license.

170 Saves

Surf at Natural Bridges State Beach

San Francisco / Natural Bridges SB

Natural Bridges is off of West Cliff Drive to the north of popular Santa Cruz break, Steamer Lane. The break is a right point break, which breaks on a rocky shelf and reef.

168 Saves

Hike the Taylor Mountain Loop

San Francisco / Western Route Trailhead

From the northern entrance to the park, you can access an 18-hole disc golf course as well as a number of trails.

167 Saves

Camp and Dive at Salt Point State Park

San Francisco / Salt Point State Park

Camping at Salt Point Sate Park is a dream.

167 Saves

Walk along Limantour Beach

San Francisco / Limantour Beach

The entire drive to Pt.

166 Saves

Hike the Rincon Fire Trail

San Francisco / Rincon Fire Trail

The Rincon Fire Trail Starts at a small dirt parking lot next to CA-9 and traverses down the mountain to the San Lorenzo River Connecting with the Pipeline Trail.

165 Saves

Bike Pescadero Creek County Park

San Francisco / Hoffman Flat Trailhead

Pescadero Creek County Park and the connected Sam McDonald and Memorial Park are located deep in the Santa Cruz Mountains holding a vast network of secluded trails.

163 Saves

Explore Hearst Castle

San Francisco / Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle You always hear about it but rarely do you make the necessary full day stop to visit the castle with Big Sur just around the corner.

159 Saves

37-Mile Ride: Fairfax to Nicasio Loop

San Francisco / Broadway Blvd & Bolinas Rd

For this scenic loop, start at the Corner of Broadway Blvd and Bolinas Rd. Head north on Broadway until it connects with Sir Francis Drake Blvd ("SFD").

158 Saves

Explore Salmon Creek Falls

San Francisco / Salmon Creek Trail, Big Sur

The trailhead to Salmon Creek Falls is located along a pullout just 45 miles south of Pfieffer Burns State Park on the Highway 1. The falls are only about .

158 Saves

Hike King's Peak

San Francisco / Lightning Trailhead

King's Peak is the tallest peak in the King Range, the home of the famous and spectacular "Lost Coast".

156 Saves

Visit the Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary

San Francisco / Monarch Grove

Thousands of monarchs can be found here October through February. It's a small park with a path through the center.

155 Saves

Surf Ocean Beach

San Francisco / Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach has long stints of good waves during the fall and winter months. During the fall, winds are favorably offshore creating warm and hollow conditions.

155 Saves

Catch a Sunset Overlooking Mussel Rock

San Francisco / Mussel Rock Parking Area

Mussel rock, a three-story, 50 million year old rock that has been carried some 500 miles northwest from Southern California, is where the San Andreas fault meets the Pacific Ocean.

153 Saves

Camp at Steep Ravine Environmental Campground

San Francisco / Steep Ravine Campground

Gain access through a private locked gate, and descend about 1 mile down to the bluff's edge. There is only parking for 1 car per site and also several cabins that can be rented.

153 Saves

Mountain Bike at Purisima Creek

San Francisco / Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

This beautiful mountain bike ride can be started at the Purisima Creek Road Trailhead or on Skyline Boulevard.

151 Saves

Run the Mt. Diablo Foothill Loop

San Francisco / Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area

Continue by car down Castle Rock Road until it dead ends at the beginning of the trail. Parking is usually easy to find. If full, there is another overflow lot about 500 ft back the way you came in.

150 Saves

Backpack the Bear Valley to Coast Camp Loop

San Francisco / Bear Valley Visitor Center

Permit and Trail Camp Info To stay overnight in Point Reyes, you must stay at one of the Trail Camps.   Camping anywhere else in the park is not allowed.

146 Saves

Hike Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve

San Francisco / Edgewood Park and Nature Preserve

Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve rests in San Mateo County, California. The sweeping hillsides exemplify the true native flora of California, as the foundation of rock and soil is poor in nutrients.

146 Saves

Hike the Dawn Falls Loop

San Francisco / Dawn Falls Loop

Hike down into the Baltimore Canyon for an in-depth exploration into California nature.

145 Saves

Photograph Trojan Point on Mount Tamalpais

San Francisco / Trojan Point

The endlessly scenic Trojan Point can be reached by taking the Panoramic Highway to Pantoll road from Stinson Beach to the west, or Mill Valley / Highway 1 to the east.

144 Saves

Hike Helen Putnam Regional Park

San Francisco / Helen Putnam Parking Area

A 216-acre park, Helen Putnam offers 9 trails that are relatively short but can be combined however you wish. Go 2 miles or 10 miles. Loop in and out, up or around.

141 Saves

Relax at Costanoa Lodge

San Francisco / Costanoa Lodge

Looking for a quick escape from the city, but sleeping on the ground isn’t really your thing? Look no further than Costanoa Lodge in Pescadero, an upscale "glamping" experience just an hour south of .

140 Saves

Backpack to Pat Springs

San Francisco / Bottchers Gap

Backpacking to Pat Springs is a way to see Big Sur and the San Lucia mountains from a perspective that few get to experience.

136 Saves

Air Force One Loop, 10mi

San Francisco / Mount Diablo

Mt. Diablo is the sentinel peak of the East Bay, offering beautiful, varied ecology and stunning views of the entire Bay Area.

134 Saves

Hike the Canyon Rim Route in Butano State Park

San Francisco / Jackson Flats Trailhead

Located deep within the Santa Cruz Mountains, Butano State Park boasts a large redwood canyon with many miles of hiking trails as well as campsites.

131 Saves

Bouldering at Ocean Beach

San Francisco / Cliff House Boulders

Tired of climbing in a gym, check out one of the city's best outdoor climbing spots! Below the Cliff House at the north-end of Ocean Beach, there are several great bouldering problems and a retaining.

131 Saves

Hike Van Damme State Park

San Francisco / Fern Canyon Trailhead

The Fern Canyon Trail system is the main hiking vein of Van Damme State Park.

131 Saves

Kayak Mendocino's Big River

San Francisco / Big River Road

The Big River estuary in Mendocino Headlands State Park is one of those best of both worlds scenarios where dense Redwood forest and fresh, lazy river water meet rocky beaches and the mighty Pacific.

130 Saves

Kayak in the Pillar Point Harbor

San Francisco / Pillar Point Harbor

Pillar Point Harbor is located in El Granada, about 5 miles north of Half Moon Bay and 20 miles south of San Francisco.

129 Saves

Hike the Estero Trail

San Francisco / Estero Trailhead

June sunshine blazes on your shoulders during this scenic stroll through the Point Reyes Seashore. The trail is alive and awash with colorful wildflowers around every corner.

127 Saves

Trail Running on the Ninja Loop

San Francisco / Coastal Trail (Ninja Loop)

This loop can start from several different locations, including Rodeo Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge parking lot. Starting from the GGB will add 2 more miles onto this run.

127 Saves

Abalone Diving at Salt Point State Park

San Francisco / Salt Point State Park

Jenner is a great spot to head out in calm water with your abalone gear. The dives will be in depths of 10 to 15 ft. of water, with visibility usually in the 5-20 ft. range.

127 Saves

Backpack to Coit Lake

San Francisco / Coe Headquarters

This trail can be started from Coe Headquarters or Hunting Hollow Trailhead. The trail from Coe HQ is 2 miles longer, almost all elevation but provides beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

126 Saves

Kayak Tomales Bay

San Francisco / Nicks Cove - Miller Park

Kayak Beautiful Tomales bay and experience the bioluminescence ecology of the bay.

125 Saves

Backpack to King's Peak from Shelter Cove

San Francisco / Black Sands Beach Trailhead

After parking at Shelter Cove and securing a camping permit ($3 per night in the backcountry) follow the bear prints down the coastline for 5 miles, keeping in mind that the tide devours the beach ev.

124 Saves

Rock Climbing The Egg

San Francisco / The Egg Trail

Once you've seen The Egg, you'll understand where it gets its name. This giant, egg shaped boulder near Stinson Beach provides about a dozen routes ranging from 5.6-5.12c.

123 Saves

Fly Fishing on the Putah

San Francisco / Putah Creek

Putah Creek is a little over an hour drive from SF without traffic. The creek has flows beginning in April, which can reach up to 700cfs during the summer months.

118 Saves

A 6.2 Mile Classic Trail Run

San Francisco / Cataract Trail

The Cataract Trail is a Bay Area classic! Gorgeous at any time of year, this trail gets a lot of hiking traffic in the Spring and Summer when the waterfalls that follow the route are flowing strong, .

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Run the Circumnavigation of Redwood Regional Park's Ultimate Trail Loop

San Francisco / Redwood Regional Park

It’s difficult to have a car in San Francisco, but oh-so worth it when it comes to weekend getaways, especially with all the Bay Area has to offer.

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Canoe the Russian River via Forestville

San Francisco / Burke's Canoe, Forestville, CA

Starting at Burke's Canoe in Forestville, CA this is a 10-mile self-guided canoe trip down the Russian River.  You can rent your canoe from Burke's and launch from their beach.

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Hike the Humboldt Redwoods River Trail

San Francisco / Rockefeller Forest Loop Trailhead

You probably won't find as many people along this trail (which I like!) as it's unmarked and sits just south of Rockefeller Loop which draws a good number of visitors, primarily because it has the ta.

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9.5mi Debt of Gratitude Run

San Francisco / China Camp State Park

Debt of Gratitude (DoG for short) takes advantage of the rich network of trails in China Camp State Park, situated just outside San Rafael on the edge of the Bay.

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Hike or Bike the China Camp Loop

San Francisco / China Camp Loop

Park at the lot in the China Camp State Park. Hop onto the Bay View trail to gain to begin the loop trail. Switchbacks take you up to a long and easy path passing through shaded and open areas.

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Hike Bald Mountain, Sugarloaf Ridge SP

San Francisco / Lower Bald Mountain Trailhead

Park at the top of Adobe Canyon Road in the gravel parking lot to the left of the ranger kiosk. There is a $7.00 parking fee.

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15.1mi Run on the Shoulders of Giants

San Francisco / Table Rock Trail

This is one of the most epic trail runs in the Bay Area. Long, technical, athletic, and beautiful beyond comparison.

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Hike San Mateo's Sugarloaf Mountain

San Francisco / Laurelwood Park (Glendora Dr.)

Sugarloaf is tucked away in Laurelwood Park which is located in a residential neighborhood right off of Hwy 92 in San Mateo, making this a great hiking & trail running option for Peninsula residents.

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Hike Red Hill

San Francisco / Pomo Canyon Trailhead

Park in the Shell Beach parking lot, north of Bodega Bay proper but just south of Goat Rock State Beach on Highway 1. Cross the road to pick up the Dr. David C.

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Hike through the LandPaths Grove of Old Trees

San Francisco / Grove of Old Trees

The Grove of Old trees is a privately-owned preserve in Western Sonoma County that is open to the public year round.

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Catch a Sunset at Bean Hollow State Beach

San Francisco / Bean Hollow SB

There are a bunch of places to photograph this beach if you head north on the trail that runs along the beach.

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Hike the Año Nuevo and Goat Trail Loop

San Francisco / Año Nuevo Trailhead - Butano SP

This steep and winding trail takes you to the top of a ridge where you can see the Pacific coastline and the redwoods piercing through the forest canopy.

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5.5mi Meritage Loop

San Francisco / Skyline Wilderness Park

Skyline Park is the perfect playground for the committed trail runner. The park has fast and swoopy forest singletrack, semi-technical climbing, and everything in-between.

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Hike to Bear Gulch Reservoir in Pinnacles National Park

San Francisco / Bear Gulch Parking Lot

Start the hike from the Bear Gulch Trail Parking lot.  While pulling in, the trail head is on the left.  The Trail is marked Reservoir, Caves, and High Peaks.

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Practice Fly Casting at the Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club

San Francisco / Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club

The golden gate casting pools are a hidden gem in the park located on the other side of JFK from the Buffalo Paddock. Here you can practice your fly casting basics or pick up new forms casting (i.e.

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Hike the Juniper Canyon, High Peaks, Tunnel Trail Loop in Pinnacles NP

San Francisco / Chaparral Trailhead Parking

Pinnacles National Park is located just over two hours outside of San Francisco (depending on the traffic).

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Pick Berries at Swanton's Berry Farm

San Francisco / Swanton's Berry Farm

Take a spectacularly scenic drive or bike ride out to this quaint coastal berry farm. Look out onto the shimmering ocean while you pick the ripest and sweetest berries yourself.

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Hike the Wildcat Canyon Loop

San Francisco / Wildcat Canyon Trail, Richmond

Starting off on Wildcat Creek Trail, the trail is wide and rolling. After about 4 miles make a left on Jewel Trail, then onto Sylvan Trail. Another left puts you on Wildcat Peak Trail.

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Camp at San Simeon State Park

San Francisco / San Simeon Creek Campground

San Simeon has two campgrounds to choose from – San Simeon Creek Campground has 115 campsites for tent or RV camping. Sites have fire rings and picnic tables, and nearby there is firewood for sale.

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Hike the Waters Ridge Trail

San Francisco / Ewoldsen Trail

Access the Waters Ridge Trail from the Ewoldsen Trail, located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Although steep, this path is fairly short, and rewards you with spectacular views at the top.

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Hike Oakwood Trail, Marin Headlands

San Francisco / Oakwood Trail

Looking to escape the hustle of San Francisco, but don't want to commit to an entire day on the trail? When setting out for this morning hike, be prepared for about 1.

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Hike and Fish at Nicasio Reservoir

San Francisco / Nicasio Reservoir Pull-Off

Nicasio is a quaint town just inland of the more popular coastal town of Point Reyes.

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Hike Peters Creek and Long Ridge

San Francisco / Long Ridge Open Space Preserve Trailhead

From the parking lot, take the connector trail towards the Peters Creek Trail for 0.4 miles. As you descend into a small valley, notice the sound of running water that appears.

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Active Overnight in Marin

San Francisco / China Camp State Park

When you think of singletracks and camping (because that's what we all do), most don't think of San Rafael, located in central Marin County.

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Hike the East Molera Trail

San Francisco / East Molera Trailhead

Housed in Andrew Molera State Park, the East Molera Trail is easily accessible from Highway 1 with parking and restrooms available to hikers. A $10.

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Run Sawyer Camp Trail

San Francisco / Sawyer Camp Trail

The Sawyer Camp Trail is a popular paved trail that stretches alongside the Crystal Springs Reservoir all the way to Hillcrest Blvd.

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Bouldering at Ring Mountain

San Francisco / Ring Mountain

Itching to climb outdoors near San Francisco?  With only a quick drive from the city, Ring Mountain is a beautiful nature preserve overlooking the city of San Francisco offering two main rock for.

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3.8mi Pole Position Loop

San Francisco / San Pablo Bay Trail

The San Pablo Bay Trail is a flat and fast, with beautiful views of the San Pablo Bay from beginning to end.

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15.1mi Svelte Run

San Francisco / Fort Cronkhite - Rodeo Beach

This circuit begins at sea level in the Rodeo Beach parking lot. Start running along Mitchell Road towards the entrance to the Miwok Trail.

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Hike the Old Pinnacle Trail in Pinnacles National Park

San Francisco / Old Pinnacles Trailhead

Start at the Old Pinnacles Trailhead and embark on a roughly 9 mile long adventure surrounded by amazing geological rock formations and natural landscapes. Bask in the peace of nature...

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Hike through Skyline Wilderness Park

San Francisco / Skyline Wilderness Park

Enter the parking lot just off of Hwy 221. Plan to pay a $5 entrance fee at the kiosk.

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Hike Ring Mountain

San Francisco / Phyllis Ellman Trailhead

Ring Mountain Open Space is an easy but uphill trail that take you to the top where you can explore more trails.

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Rock Climbing Mickey's Beach

San Francisco / Mickey's Beach

Mickey's Beach is a great spot for experienced climbers to challenge themselves.

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Hike the Little Butano Creek Trail

San Francisco / Little Butano Creek Trailhead

This short hike follows Little Butano Creek through a lush redwood forest. The trail crosses the creek multiple times as you walk over redwood pine needles and through pockets of ferns.

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Hike the Rockefeller Forest Loop

San Francisco / Rockefeller Forest Loop Trailhead

From the Avenue of the Giants turn west onto Mattole Road. Continue 1.5 miles to the Rockefeller Forest trailhead. Rockefeller Forest is a less well known grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

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Hike the Oat Hill Mine Trail

San Francisco / Oat Hill Mine Trailhead

The incline on this trail begins pretty much right away and is fairly gradual for the entire hike, some of it is quite rocky, making this an easy to moderate level hike.

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Camp at Juniper Campground in Mount Diablo State Park

San Francisco / Juniper Campground

Mount Diablo's summit in Mount Diablo State Park rises to 3,848ft.  Juniper Campground in Mount Diablo State Park is set at approximately 3,000ft in elevation.

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Camp at Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve

San Francisco / Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve

This old Naval Base is now home to, well, almost nothing.

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Purdy Pharis Run

San Francisco / Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

My run starts high up on Skyline at the main parking lot that leads to the North Ridge Trail head. It starts out with a steep downhill path that joins Harkins Ridge to the left.

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