Holiday Hikes

Deck the halls? How about deck the trails! Whether you’re hankering to bag a peak or just want to watch for whales on a Pacific hugging stroll, here are some holly-jolly adventures for you. Ho ho hike!

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1) Taylor Made Hike

Hiking during the holiday season is a great way to gain a little perspective … or a big perspective, if you decide to hike at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, where the views are huge. This locals’…

2) 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…

3) Oregon's Ultimate Ski Town

It’s something that Oregonians have known for a while and Californians are just beginning to realize: Bend is the ultimate mountain town! And in the winter, it has everything you’d want for a snowy extended weekend. In the midst of…

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4) Huddart Comfort

Just minutes west of the tony town of Woodside in San Mateo County, 900-acre Huddart Park has over 24 miles of trails that put redwoods on parade. For a moderate out-and-back featuring stately redwoods, jump onto Dean Trail for a…

5) You Deserve a Medallion

Art by Banksy, a secret tunnel, colorful murals, and literary lore galore ... the North Beach segment of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast Trail is a fascinating walk through time. All in, the Barbary Coast Trail comprises 170 medallions set in…

6) Walk the Line

So you’ve walked popular Lover’s Lane in the Presidio, but have you ever noticed the pathway hidden next to it? Tucked quietly between Lover’s Lane and Presidio Boulevard, Andy Goldsworthy’s 1,200-foot-long Wood Line is an installation of eucalyptus tree stumps…

7) This Spud's For You!

Feeling crabby? You’re not the only one. Dungeness crab season is scheduled to open this week in Sonoma County. Combine some casual seafood dining with a gorgeous coastal hike. Work up your appetite on the trails at Bodega Head. This…

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