Bonus Sherpa: Primetime Coastline

Winter brings rumbles and roils to the mercurial Pacific, and the North Bay's got some premier spots for witnessing the coastal dramas. For your viewing pleasure…

My Weekend Sherpa:

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Owling Good Time: The dramatic setting of Marin’s Owl Trail (pictured) just gets better with winter’s feisty weather. Stroll the sweeping 1-mile (one-way) trail to a secret beach at Slide Ranch.

Coast-Connection: The Sonoma Coast seems to have more beaches than San Francisco has hills. After Bodega Bay, the choices go on for 13 miles. For an easy intro to beach hopping, hike from Shell Beach to Blind Beach along the bluff-top Kortum Trail.

Dillon Downtime: Cell phones don’t work, and many houses don’t have TV in Dillon Beach. Meaning that you’re left with little to do but relax and enjoy its namesake stretch of sand, which isn’t such a bad thing to do when storms roll in, and the sky is gunmetal gray.

Arch Angle: Point Reyes’ Bear Valley Trail is popular for good reason: the bike-and-hike trail leads to a hulking coastal outcrop that offers colossal views. Make the trip to Arch Rock and enjoy the best seat in the house for the Pacific’s winter show.

East Meets West: The rugged cliff top surrounding the town of Mendocino could double as a backdrop for New England. But Mendocino Headlands State Park is pure California. Its trails leave right from town and curve along the dramatic coastal bluffs, leading to a blowhole, a beach, and perches with unforgettable views.

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