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Celestial Hikes

Feeling all starry eyed about 2019? No wonder! This year is going to be a bonanza of celestial events, starting with the super blood wolf moon on January 20. Also coming: 4 more eclipses, 3 supermoons, 1 blue moon, multiple meteor showers and … you get it. So mark your calendar and make some plans: Here are three Bay Area spots to celebrate the wonders of space, stars, the moon, and planets.

Week 01.17.2019
Regions Northern CA

Hike to Pluto!

Do the Amazing PlanetWalk in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

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Ever wanted to check out Mars? How about Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto? All you’ve gotta do is hike in Sonoma Valley’s Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The park’s super cool PlanetWalk is a marvelous, and marvelously quiet, hiking trail designed as a scale model of the solar system. On…
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Valley of Adventures

6 Winter Experiences in Sonoma Valley

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1) Waterfalls & Early Wildflowers Hikes abound in the valley, and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park has a hidden waterfall that’s especially good after winter rains. Reach it on a short hike through a forest and keep an eye out for some early blooms, like the popcorn wildflower.…
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Redwoods Star Power

Hike Redwood Regional Park from the Chabot Space and Science Center

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Want to hang out with the stars? Go visit Leah, Rachel, and Nellie. They’re the names of the three marquee telescopes at the Chabot Space and Science Center in the East Bay, where every Friday and Saturday evening no-cost telescope star viewings are encouraged from the center’s…
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Star This Camp

Camp Joseph D Grant County Park

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Ready to take your camping experience to the next level? Put a star next to this on your outdoors adventures list: Way up in the foothills overlooking the Santa Clara Valley, within eyeshot of hulking Mount Hamilton (4,209 feet), Joseph D. Grant County Park is home to two…
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    Lookout for This View!

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    Ah, Good Point

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    Duck, Duck, Goose!

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    Shealor Stunner

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    Peak-a-View!

    Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the entire country and the seventh deepest in the world. For one of the very best perspectives of this shining blue beauty, hike up to Garfield Peak.

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