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  • Portola Valley, California

    Portola Valley in California is a top destination for outdoor adventures. The Windy Hill Open Space Preserve offers the best trails for hiking. Its scenic beauty includes grasslands, forests, and a stunning view of the entire San Francisco Peninsula. The Spring Ridge Trail, a moderate 7.2-mile loop, is a must-visit. It offers a panoramic view of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. For a more challenging hike, the Razorback Ridge Trail is a steep 2.6-mile trek with views of Portola Valley and the surrounding hills. It's perfect for those looking for a physical challenge amid beautiful natural surroundings. Near Portola Valley, the Coal Creek Open Space Preserve offers more trails, creeks, and wildlife sightings. These are just a few examples of the best trails and outdoor activities available in and near Portola Valley.

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    • Pescadero, California

      Hike the Canyon Rim Route in Butano State Park

      5.0
      11.7 mi
      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. This state park is one of the quietest and least visited parks on the peninsula making a perfect place to escape the hustle of the Bay Area Butano S...
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    • Pescadero, California

      Año Nuevo and Goat Trail Loop

      4.0
      3.76 mi / 761 ft gain
      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. To do this trail connect the Ano Nuevo Trail, Olmo Fire Road, Goat Trail and the Six Bridges Trail. If you don't have all day to do the Canyon ...
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    • Sanborn County Park, California

      Hike Sanborn County Park via the San Andreas Trail

      4.0
      4.2 mi / 1282 ft gain
      This is a moderately rated 4.2 mile trail that winds through the redwoods west of Saratoga.  It features a dirt trail with tall trees and a creek.  The hike is very tranquil and there is lot s of greenery.  There are big rocks in the creek that can you can sit on.  People often meditate here as i...
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    • San Jose, California

      Catch a Sunset at Alviso Marina County Park

      3.0
      9 mi / 72 ft gain
      This tranquil 20.6 acre park is open year round from 8am to sunset. It’s the gateway to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. It is filled with boardwalks, trails, and all kinds of wildlife. I went here with the sole intent of catching a pretty sunset after a long week.  I g...
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    • Pescadero, California

      Catch a Sunset at Bean Hollow State Beach

      5.0
      There are a bunch of places to photograph this beach if you head north on the trail that runs along the beach.There is parking at the beach but it can fill up quickly!The only warning you need is about the tide. Make sure you are watching it the entire time because it can creep up on you and will...
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    • 21600 Big Basin Way, California

      Hike the Sequoia Trail at Big Basin Redwoods SP

      4.0
      4.3 mi / 600 ft gain
      This 4.3 mile hike in Big Basin Redwoods SP is a peaceful break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.   In the first half, there is a quick detour you can take to Sempervirens Falls.  Just listen for sounds of water, read the signs, and cross the road.  The detour itself is as far as cross...
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    • Boulder Creek, California

      Hike the Old Growth Redwoods Trail

      4.5
      0.5 mi
      Quick half-mile stroll through the old growth Redwoods that will show you the nature of the ever-living redwood tree.Redwoods are capable of withstanding storms, floods, fire, droughts, and even termites. These legendary trees can live for over 2,000 years and possess incredible strength, vigor, ...
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    • Boulder Creek, California

      Berry Creek Falls Loop (Closed)

      4.8
      10 mi / 2310 ft gain
      Unfortunately, this trail is closed due to a past fire. See CA.Gov for updates on trails in Big Basin.  Nestled in California's oldest state park, the popular Berry Creek Falls Loop hike begins at the Big Basin park headquarters. If you're up for 11 miles, a thousand feet of elevation gain throu...
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    • Boulder Creek, California

      Camp at Big Basin Redwoods State Park

      4.0
      0.5 mi
      Big Basin is currently closed including the campgrounds. Please visit the Parks.ca.gov site for updated details.  An hour away from the thrumming city of San Jose, ancient immense trees live in a forest full of vibrant ferns and rushing waterfalls. Big Basin Redwoods State Park encompasses 10,00...
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    • Boulder Creek, California

      Hike the Ocean View Summit Loop

      4.0
      6 mi / 600 ft gain
      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. Ocean view summit loop starts on the Gazos Creek Road bridge, next turn right on to the Middle Ridge Fire Road, whic...
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    • Boulder Creek, California

      Big Basin's Sunset Trail Camp

      4.8
      9.46 mi / 2146 ft gain
      This trail and campsite is currently closed (learn more). 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. To access this site, you'll need to hike the famous Skyline-to...
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    • Boulder Creek, California

      Hike to Sempervirens Falls

      4.0
      2.1 mi / 100 ft gain
      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. The hike is pleasant but on occasion, you'll be too close to the road to feel like you're deep in the wi...
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    • Half Moon Bay, California

      Paddle Half Moon Bay Jetty

      The Half Moon Bay Jetty is a calm place to paddle as it is covered on all sides. There is an opening into the ocean on the far side, but is mostly calm with plenty of beach area to launch. Keep in mind, there are boats in the harbor so keep an eye out. There is also a scenic hike nearby the West ...
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    • Burlingame, California

      Hike the Ed Taylor Loop Trail in Mills Canyon

      4.0
      1.4 mi / 300 ft gain
      This hike can be done at any time of year. Hiking in winter and spring means that many varieties of wildflowers will be present, and the creek will have much more water. Summer and fall mean higher temperatures and drier conditions, but the hike is still a pleasant experience. Begin the hike at t...
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    • Pescadero, California

      Explore the Pidgeon Point Lighthouse

      5.0
      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.Part of the state park system, it is surprisingly secluded. Numerous parking space were available in the lot with hand...
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    • Pescadero, California

      Exploring Big Sur to Pigeon Point

      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. The weather was foggy in some spots but would open up to reveal the vast Pacific Ocean and sun in others. The weather was mild for us but we're familiar w...
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