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Beach You to It

Things getting a tad warm out there? Better head for the coast! Choose from a classic headlands hike, a cabin on the wild Mendocino coast, or cruising Half Moon Bay by kayak … here are three ways to have some cool NorCal adventures this Indian Summer!

Week 09.07.2017
Regions Northern CA

Take Me Home to Tennessee

Hiking Tennessee Valley in the Marin Headlands

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Tennessee Valley trailhead in the Marin Headlands is rightly popular for its classic coastal scenery and variety of trail options, like this 5.5-mile loop.
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Fully Loaded Fall

Best Fall Outdoor Adventures in Reno Tahoe

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Reno Tahoe’s got a lot more going on than your average mountain town, from kayaking on the Truckee River to the world’s tallest climbing gym wall, to peak-bagging hikes and a walk among the growing urban arts scene. Hop into an inflatable kayak and take your pick of mild or wild…
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Cabin on the Coast

Cabins at Manchester Beach KOA Mendocino

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So you’d like to camp on the wild Mendocino coast … except for—you know—that whole pitching a tent and sleeping on the ground thing? A-OK! Actually, it’s KOA! Yes, Manchester Beach KOA surprises with simple, clean, A-frame log cabins that include the basic creature comforts: beds…
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Pillar Paddle

Kayaking in Half Moon Bay

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Looking for some bragging rights? Tell your friends that you kayaked Mavericks. OK, so you may not have kayaked the actual surf spot, but you’ll have come within a few miles of it. Half Moon Bay Kayak Company has a variety of ways to explore the waters off Pillar Point, which…
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    Lookout for This View!

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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

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    Duck, Duck, Goose!

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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!

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