Long Weekend Wanders & Ponders

Ahh the long weekend—a chance to catch your breath, get a breath of fresh air, and enjoy breathtaking views! From stairway walks to hikes in electric green hills or to waterfalls and sunset views, here’s how to make the most of the three-day weekend!

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1) Drake Awakening

The ultimate holiday mixer isn’t eggnog and rum (although it’s a close second); it’s Drake’s Estero! 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…

2) Four-Legged Falls

Love your dog? Love waterfalls? Get the best of both on this easygoing hike hidden in Novato. Indian Valley Open Space Preserve is tucked behind the College of Marin campus, and those who discover it are in for a treat.…

3) Peak Pondering

Some of the most magical hikes begin like a magic trick: The start is filled with lots of people, cute farm animals, and some hustle-bustle frenzy. Then, within minutes, it vanishes! All you have to do is find the entrance…

4) Bend In

Have you heard? Bend is in. From carving powdery turns all the way down a volcano or snow-biking to a roaring waterfall, to snowshoeing with epic views and enjoying some craft brews ... talk about a Bendolution! Bend, Oregon was…

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5) La La Las Trampas

A clear winter day calls for a long hike to savor some of the Bay Area’s most beautiful scenery along with some flowing cascades after rain. Las Trampas Regional Wilderness awaits in the East Bay with a 6.8-mile loop hike…

6) Sun Tam

If you’ve ever driven Mount Tam’s West Ridgecrest Boulevard, then you know how dramatic it is, with its sweeping coastal scenery, edged by rolling headlands and hulking cliffs, with sea stacks rising from the Pacific, thrashed or bathed by moody…

7) Lands Zen

Find a little peace in San Francisco on an urban walk featuring a beautiful new stairway, panoramic views, a labyrinth, and plentiful coastal drama. Indeed, Lands End is a popular outing on the weekend, but go early or a couple…

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