Summer's Home Stretch

Labor Day weekend signals the last days of summer: Get out there and make the most of it! Here are some adventures for giving summer one last squeeze.

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1) Stump for It!

Ready to go wild, then kick back and relax? It’s so easy to do on a beach-to-bluff hike in the lightly visited Salt Point State Park on the Sonoma Coast. Most people do the 1.2-mile (one-way) Salt Point Trail to…

2) Swim Hole, Say No More!

People flock to Kirkwood’s Silver Lake, a quiet beauty set against the backdrop of the Sierras. But few know about the easy 2-mile out-and-back (round-trip) hike that follows one of the lake’s cascading streams to a series of natural granite…

3) Adventure Blend

Wine doesn’t just enhance your meal. It also enhances your adventures! Pair your next outdoor excursion with award-winning wines from Line 39. The newly released Excursion Red Blend is perfect for summer and autumn evenings around a campfire, at a backyard BBQ, or watching…

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4) Half Moon Highroller

For an easy bike ride with enormous coastal views, head a few miles south of Half Moon Bay. The Cowell-Purisima Trail stretches for 3 sea-breezy miles along high coastal bluffs. You can thank the Peninsula Open Space Trust and State…

5) Lake Loop

The template for a perfect multipurpose park? Hundreds of acres of open space, wending hiking and biking trails, glistening lakes, and picnic spots galore. Spring Lake and Howarth Park in Santa Rosa certainly fit this bill. The two parks border…

6) Dam Good Canoe Adventure

Bring your swimsuit to Vegas—but not for the pools. A self-guided canoe trip down the Black Canyon portion of the Colorado River is way better than renting a cabana by the pool. This day-trip is just 45 minutes from the…

7) Call of the Coyote

Wild and scenic Coyote Hills Regional Park is probably best known for its birdlife—from hawks to herons, kestrels to kingfishers. But its 978 acres of marshland and grassy hills is also fringed with flowers now—wildflowers! Enjoy it all on a…

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