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The Bay Area's Top 7 Spring Hikes

By: Tyler Drake + Save to a List

While all of us Bay Area residents know we have it pretty good in terms of winter weather, that doesn’t mean we can’t give a warm welcome to the (continued) sunny days of spring like the rest of the country. We’ve made a list of our favorite springtime hikes that cover the Bay’s very best: mountain peaks above the fog, rugged California coastline, epic waterfalls, and unbeatable views of the San Francisco Bay. Get outside and enjoy the warmer weather now!

Marshall's Beach

If you're bringing the whole family or just looking to get outside without working too hard, this short hike to Marshall Beach is ideal. Catch stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge without all the fuss of Baker Beach. Learn More.

Mt. Tam's East Peak

We all know the fog doesn't really care that it's spring and will come and go as it pleases. When it does come, hike to the East Peak of Mt. Tam (2,570) to catch a sunset only found in the San Francisco Bay. Learn More.

Alamere Falls

This is a tougher hike but you'll be stoked you did it upon arriving at this stunning waterfall cascading 40 feet onto a beautiful, secluded beach. Learn More.

Point Lobos

Hike to Whaler's Cove to take in all the wonder that is the North Coast: dense, old growth forest meeting the mighty -- and always beautiful -- Pacific Ocean. Learn More.

Cataract Falls

While the Bay Area didn't see a ton of rain this winter, the spring is still the ideal time to make this hike along multiple cascading waterfalls. Learn More.

Mission Peak

Pack some snacks, beers, and headlamps and watch the sunset over the twinkling city lights. Be sure to check the sign on the way in and adhere to park hours. Learn More.

Muir Woods

No Bay Area hiking list would be complete without a walk through Muir Woods and spring is a great time to enjoy in peace before the rush of tourists in the summer. Learn More.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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