All Stories from East Bay

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    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 on the park’s western ridge. Start with a commanding 0.…

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    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 to Narnia—or, in this case, Laurel Canyon Trailhead in…

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    Vine-yasa Flow

    Hawaii isn’t the only way to enjoy a little island life. Strike a mermaid pose right here in the Bay Area with a yoga session on the waters surrounding Alameda Island. Nicole Kanour and the crew at Mike’s Paddle lead 90-minute SUP yoga classes departing from Ballena Bay, a little…

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    Cull Canyon Cooldown

    Home to shaded trails, shallow creek crossings, ridge-top breezes, and a 1.5-acre white sand swimming lagoon, Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area is a local’s summer playground. The best slice of paradise? A 10-mile out-and-back journey along the Chabot-to-Garin Trail, a segment…

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    Anza Bonanza

    A hike that begins and ends at one of the most swimmable lakes in the East Bay? Now that’s the way to hit “Refresh”! Tilden Regional Park is the crown jewel of the East Bay Regional Parks, and Lake Anza is its summertime heartbeat. From the lake, connect a series of trails to…

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    Black Diamond in the Rough

    Four million tons of “black diamonds” were mined out of Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch. So what remains? A diamond in the rough! Wildflowers are adding sparkle to over 65 miles of trails. Enjoy spring’s spectacle on a 3.5-mile loop through the park’s 15…

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    Urban Wine Wheel

    Waterfront warehouses pouring outstanding wines, buzzing freeways in the distance … Oakland’s Urban Wine Trail has uncorked a thoroughly modern era of wine, with ten tasting rooms in a 10-mile radius, centered on the city’s waterfront. Instead of rolling up in an Uber, rent bikes…

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    Secret Stairways Hike

    There are over 400 little-known staircases and pathways that wind quietly unnoticed up the East Bay landscape. Originally built as shortcuts for an influx of hillside residents to get to streetcars post–1906 earthquake, you can explore some of these staircases on a challenging…

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    Mather, May I?

    Reading that a whole bunch of friendly giants are hiding behind an unassuming gate sounds a bit like a storybook beginning. In this case, it’s a redwood fairy-trail. Across the street from UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, behind a locked gate, stands the 5-acre forest of redwoods…

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    Wicked Waterworks

    Despite its devilish hot name, Mount Diablo has a cooler, splashier side. Heavy winter rains create a collection of six scenic waterfalls encircling the mountain’s rugged northern canyons. Take the grand tour on this 5-mile loop with a gentle climb up Donner Canyon Road to the…

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    Sublime Suisun

    It’s the largest tidal marsh on the entire west coast. The Suisun Marsh in Solano County is often overlooked in favor of the Bay Area’s other impressive landscapes, but this diverse and unique area is well worth a visit. The patchwork of tidal wetlands, marshes, and sloughs is a…

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    From C to Sea

    If a sign is high enough on a hill and large enough to be seen by lots of people, there’s probably a pretty great view from the top. Take the Big C, a giant yellow letter built in 1905 into the hillside overlooking the UC Berkeley campus. Originally constructed as a truce between…

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    Crown Jewel

    Long walks on the beach, in the East Bay? Indeed. Alameda is your island in the bay with beaches meant for strolling. Crown Memorial Beach is a relaxing stretch of sand that’s an impressive 2.5 miles long. The best way to check it out is to simply walk (or bike) the paved path…

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    Briones Blowout

    With crowd favorites Tilden to the west and Mount Diablo to the east, Briones Regional Park can seem like the introvert of East Bay outdoor playgrounds. But don’t be fooled: Briones isn’t afraid to show off its wild side! The park has over 6,000 acres of ridge-top hiking trails…

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    Diablo Double Down

    Fall colors, big views, and a chance to see tarantulas? Sounds like a howl of a good hike for Halloween season! Mount Diablo State Park’s Sycamore Canyon loop trail is a 4-mile hike where you can relish the colors of fall using Knobcone Point, Blackhawk, and Sycamore Creek Roads…

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    Mulholland Magic

    To find a hidden slice of open space with great views and autumn hues, head to Mulholland Ridge Open Space Preserve, a little-known 250-acre open space area along Donald Drive on the boundary of Orinda and Moraga in the East Bay. Do the easy 2.5-mile out-and-back Mulholland Ridge…

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    Strait Talk

    Cyclists rejoice: You’re getting the hook-up you’ve always wanted on the Carquinez Shore’s newest section of the Bay Trail. It provides the 1.7-mile missing link from Martinez to Crockett and Port Costa, and it’s well worth the ride. Etched into the cliffside with spectacular…

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    First Place

    First national park? Yellowstone. First state park? Big Basin. First urban national wildlife refuge? You’ll have to be a bird nerd to know the answer to this one. So spread your wings and impress a date or your friends by knowing Fremont’s 30,000-acre Don Edwards San Francisco…

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    Vollmer Victory

    Inspiration’s just the start of this 6.8-mile (round-trip) hike up the highest peak in the Berkeley Hills. Located at the southern end of Tilden Regional Park, Vollmer Peak rises 1,905 feet. The diverse trail to the summit begins at popular Inspiration Point and travels through…

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    Blooms A-brewin'

    Got anything for Mom, yet? Go botanical. Nestled between idyllic meadows and woodlands, Botanic Garden in Tilden Regional Park is anything but garden variety—with a collection that has grown to include thousands of the state’s native species and 10 acres of meandering streamside…

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