12 Years of Adventure

Twelve years ago we launched the first edition of Weekend Sherpa for the San Francisco Bay Area. Back then the song of summer was “SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake, and Talladega Nights was topping the box office. While change is inevitable, one thing for us remains the same: Our commitment to inspiring local adventures. There are no shortcuts, and we don’t crowdsource. We’ve done a lot of exploring over the years to share the best stuff with you! Here are 12 of ...

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1) Tomales Trifecta

If you demand great views, wildlife sightings, and an oceanfront setting for your hike—then this is the trek for you! The 9-mile (round-trip) hike to Tomales Point in Point Reyes is a classic. The dearth of trees means unobstructed views…

2) Sleep Like an Angel

A magical thing happens when you’re relaxing at one of the eleven secluded campsites in Angel Island State Park and the sun starts setting over the surrounding bay. The sea glows tangerine for a few moments and you realize you’re…

3) Dunes of Death Valley

You won't find a body of water here, but you will find big waves … of sand! Bring snacks and a beverage to enjoy at one of the world's premier picnic spots—the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes—just 2 miles east of…

4) Five Ways to Elevate Your Summer in North Lake Tahoe

Late August and September are a great time to be in North Lake Tahoe. Give your summer a big high five: specifically, one of these five adventures.

North Lake Tahoe Summer Adventures

5) America's Best Urban Hike

Ten years ago we dubbed it the “Grand Walk” and said it was one of the most scenic and stunning trails in the West. We were wrong. This is the most scenic urban hike in America!

6) Steep Sleep

Perhaps the best deal in the Bay Area: an oceanfront cabin at Steep Ravine for $100. The challenge? Actually reserving one of these popular cabins! Don’t be dissuaded; the effort is well worth it. Ten stand-alone cabins cluster on the…

7) Lost & Found

Maybe it's the name. Or that it's California's longest stretch of undeveloped, rugged-ass coast. Either way, the remote beauty of the Lost Coast inspires a romantic mystique unlike any other place in the state. Highway 1 couldn't be built here…

8) Regal Eagle

Sure, the main summit of Mount Diablo offers one of the best views in the state, but if you’d rather hike than drive to a summit, lace up your boots for the mountain’s spectacular—and less-traveled—Eagle Peak. At 2,369 feet, it’s not…

9) It's How You Roll!

Lush vineyards aren’t the only things rolling in Sonoma Valley these days. Casual cruiser biking is one of the best ways to see the sights and taste the wines! The key: Pedal the country roads and paved bike paths that…

10) Peaceful Giants

Sequoia National Park, America's second-oldest, is a rich repository of red behemoths. The main attraction is the General Sherman tree, literally the largest living thing on earth. Hordes of visitors make the easy 0.4-mile mini-pilgrimage to see the General, but…

11) It's a Waterfall Life!

Deep in beautiful Big Basin Redwoods State Park is a series of waterfalls that are always going with the flow—especially after big rains! See them all on the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. This solid 11-mile loop travels through towering redwoods, across multiple…

12) Tamorama!

Wide-open coastal views, wildflowers, and a waterfall—get spring-loaded on a 6.5-mile (round-trip) hike that links together Mount Tam's Matt Davis, Bolinas Ridge, and Cataract trails. Start off weaving under a canopy of Douglas fir, oak, and bay trees before breaking out…

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