Five Fall Hikes

Pumpkin spice your hiking life. From sunset strolls to redwood rambles and waterside wanders, these five hikes have it fall.

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1) Breathe Easy

The 1.5-mile hiking trail around Lake Lagunitas in Marin might just be the most perfect one-hour hike in the Bay Area. It’s mostly flat, so nearly everyone can do it. It’s beautiful, so nearly everyone will appreciate it. And it’s…

2) Sunset Gone Wilder

So you’re sort of snobby about your sunsets? You like a brilliant technicolor all across the sky as the sun sets on the horizon? Great! Go Wilder! Wilder Ranch State Park’s Old Cove Landing Trail is an easy 3-mile (round-trip)…

3) Sweet Autumn Sunol

Whoever says that Northern California just doesn't get much by the way of fall colors hasn't seen the cascade of autumn tones that can dress Sunol Regional Wilderness. Enjoy it on a 5.3-mile hike that starts at Alameda Creek. From there…

4) Tahoe to Yourself

Shhh … it’s North Lake Tahoe’s secret season, and the fall colors are popping. Elevate your leaf-peeping and get to the crisp mountain air for some colorful hikes and bike rides on uncrowded trails.

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5) Purisima Charisma

Hundred-foot redwoods, a shaded canyon, and views overlooking Half Moon Bay. This 10-mile loop hike in Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is a roller-coaster of uphill and downhill along with easygoing stretches through some of the Bay Area’s most…

6) Mott's Landing

Nestled north of Lafayette and Orinda, the peaks of Briones Regional Park showcase sweeping views of Mount Diablo, San Pablo Bay, and the San Joaquin River. And you may just make friends with one of the hundreds of cows sharing…

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