Find Your Quiet Hike

Summer’s a bustling time in the Bay Area, but you can still find trails with a quieter vibe. From redwood groves to sunset views, lakes, and panoramas, here are some hikes that see fewer folks and abundant beauty.

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1) Dam Tam!

Hike in the Sierra without leaving the Bay Area! Well, at least it seems that way. The sparkling reservoirs on the north side of Mount Tamalpais offer miles of hiking trails and the kind of peaceful forest sensation that could…

2) Dreamy Drake

Take a sweet hike with savory surroundings at Drake’s Estero in Point Reyes National Seashore. Part salt water, part fresh water, Drake’s Estero is smack in the middle of Point Reyes, and one of only two marine wilderness areas in…

3) British Columbia Bucket List

British Columbia is packed with beauty, and it is closer than you think. Here are the 10 Best Places to Visit … which one will you choose?

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4) Up to Umunhum

Clocking in at 3,486 feet, Mount Umunhum is one of the highest peaks in the Santa Cruz Mountains and has long been a South Bay landmark with the mysterious radar tower sitting atop, all of it inaccessible—until just a few…

5) The Occidental Tourist

When logging threatened a rare stand of residential ridgetop redwoods just a few miles west of Occidental, the neighbors of Fitzpatrick Lane banded together. The result: the Grove of Old Trees, 33 hidden acres of towering redwoods and the only…

6) Walk on the Wise Side

A wise man once said, “Walk it off.” And San Francisco has just the place for a colorful walk via a 2.7-mile loop along Philosopher’s Way Trail in the 318-acre John McLaren Park (San Francisco’s second largest park, after Golden…

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