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Pacific coastline, tantalizing trails, beaches, bluffs, and shipwrecks beneath the sea … from Pacifica to Half Moon Bay, here are some great ways to camp, hike, and beach-hop on the Peninsula.

Week 05.11.2015
Regions Northern CA

Vote for Pedro

Hike Pedro Point by Pacifica

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Green marks the spot. A green gate, that is. Hidden off Highway 1, just north of Pacifica’s Devil’s Slide Tunnel, this unassuming entrance leads to a 2.2-mile (round-trip) hike with spectacular views of the rugged Peninsula shoreline at Pedro Point. The trail’s crown jewel? Pedro…
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End of the Road, Beginning of Adventure

Tofino British Columbia Hikes and Adventures

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Welcome to the end of the road: Your outdoor bliss is just beginning. Located on the farthest reaches of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the oceanside town of Tofino has rightly been dubbed “the jewel of Canada’s west coast.” This is the place where rough and tumble meets…
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Camp at Francis

Camp at Francis Beach in Half Moon Bay

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Bluff-top camping with easy beach access? You’re not in SoCal. You’re in Half Moon Bay’s newly reopened Francis Beach Campground. The campground powered up last month, with electric hookups added to 40 of its 52 sites. Tents can be pitched at all the sites. Among the most popular…
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Half Moon Bay Beach Hop

Hike Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail

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What’s better than a beach paradise on a sunny spring day? Five of them! And they’re yours to connect along Half Moon Bay’s Coastside Trail—a bluff-top asphalt path with beach access points every half-mile. Start your 5-mile (round-trip) journey at Venice Beach and head north…
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    Lookout for This View!

    Sierra Buttes Lookout, at a lofty 8,591 feet, is a memory maker for its pucker-worthy stairway to the tower’s balcony. It's a 5-mile (round-trip) hike to reach it. And the reward? Epic!

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    Ah, Good Point

    Ready for a rewarding view? Head to to one of the Peninsula’s favorite promontories: Mori Point. Climb your way up the Bootlegger’s Steps to the Mori Point headland for awesome vantages of the San Mateo Coast.

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    Sleeper Hit

    It's all about the water, and the camping, at Utica Reservoir in Stanislaus National Forest, a High Sierra reservoir perfect for kayak explorations and pitching your tent lakeside..

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    Duck, Duck, Goose!

    Try to get a first-come, first-served campsite at one of the Lakes Basin’s lakeside campgrounds. We love Goose Lake Campground, where there are just 14 sites and no motorized boats.

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    Shealor Stunner

    Robust mountains, striking slabs of granite, and deep green pine reflections make Shealor Lake near Kirkwood resort a jewel of the El Dorado National Forest. Reach this alpine oasis on a 1.3-mile hike.

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    High Five!

    Hit the High Sierra for a day hike or get a permit to spend the night at one of the Cottonwood Lakes, five sublime oases set in the John Muir Wilderness.

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