Peak of Summer

Our summer-long Adventure Challenge ends in three weeks, but there’s still time to earn your Weekend Sherpa t-shirt and other cool stuff from our awesome partner in wine: Line 39. Need some ideas? Summer’s one of the best times to bag a peak! Whether you’re looking to go long and high, or keep it short and mellow, here are some of the best ways to top off the season.

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1) Bag Tahoe's Tallest

You can’t call yourself a Tahoe hiker until you’ve climbed 9,735-foot Mount Tallac, the imposing peak that towers over Lake Tahoe’s southwest shore. This butt-kicking, 9.4-mile hike (round-trip) boasts 3,400 feet of elevation gain (pack plenty of food and water).…

2) Seaside Summit in a State Park

With tangled trails and unmarked spurs lawlessly winding up the rugged 1,898-foot Montara Mountain, McNee Ranch State Park feels like the Wild West Coast. Even wilder? Its endless combinations of long coastal climbs to the top. Cool off and take…

3) Digital Guide to 30 Local Hikes

You like to hike? You like discovering trails you didn’t know about? Then you’ve gotta download this amazing new guide to 30 of the Bay Area’s best hiking trails in the South Bay and Peninsula. (It’s free.) Discover trails you…

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4) Mount Tam's Magic Hour

The East Peak of Mount Tamalpais couldn’t be more accommodating: it’s reached via a short hike and easily gives visitors one of the best views in the Bay Area. Yet, like visiting Alcatraz, many of us just haven’t done it.…

5) Great Is an Understatement!

We thought Canadians were modest—but it might be Nevadans. Great Basin National Park is wayyy more than "great." It's stunning, spectacular, and uncrowded! Tucked against the Utah border in eastern Nevada, Great Basin is a hiking wonderland of 13,000-foot peaks, ancient forests,…

6) Big Burdell!

Summiting Marin’s Mount Burdell isn’t on many bucket lists, but it should be. At just over 1,500 feet, it’s the highest peak in north Marin, and the summit payoff is plentiful. Starting from a simple staging area off a residential…

7) A Moonful of Sugar

For one of the biggest, most spectacular views of wine country under the rising moon, head to the peak of Sonoma’s Bald Mountain. Yep! Bald Mountain in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park offers a glowing twofer view: straddling both Napa and…

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