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Redwood Therapy Hikes

Shinrin-yoku is the Japanese art of forest bathing, a therapy conceived as a way to take care of one’s health and well-being. In other words, an essential for 2020! From a forest hike that secretly leads into Muir Woods, to soaking in the redwoods in a less-known grove in the South Bay, here are three hikes with redwoods that can help soothe your soul.

Week 11.04.2020
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Muir Woods Through the Backdoor

Hike into Muir Woods from Mount Tamalpais and the Bootjack Trail

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A backdoor entrance into Muir Woods? Hike a tranquil trail that starts in Mount Tamalpais State Park and quietly leads into Muir Woods, letting you avoid the busyness of the main parking area.
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Refreshingly Different

Reno Tahoe Hot Springs, Snowshoe Hikes, and Holiday Walks

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Reno Tahoe is where America’s largest alpine lake meets the Biggest Little City in the World. Easily access the best ski resorts (and hot springs!) and have urban adventures at your fingertips.
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Forest Bathe Under the Redwoods

Forest Bathing Among Redwoods at Sanborn County Park

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Giant Douglas firs and a peaceful madrone- and tanoak-studded forest make the hiking at Sanborn County Park sublime, but there’s an added majesty here thanks to the Todd Creek Redwoods Grove.
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Redwoods, Blue Coast

Hike Shell Beach to Pomo Canyon Redwoods on Sonoma Coast

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Redwoods, river, coastline, and sandy pocket beaches: See Sonoma Coast's best features on this 6-mile (round-trip) hike from Shell Beach to Pomo Canyon's sublime redwoods.
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    Good as Golden

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    Canyons Calling

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