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Winter Wanders

Coastal redwoods, a ridgetop rambler in Napa, and a hidden waterfall … winter is a wander-land in Northern California! From the San Mateo Coast to Napa and the Sierra foothills, here are three ways to get out hiking this winter.

Week 01.24.2019
Regions Northern CA

Yes, Berryessa!

Hike the Trails at Lake Berryessa in Napa County

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Napa County’s Lake Berryessa is known for its boating, but few people know of the excellent hiking trails overlooking this lake, which is particularly serene in winter. Thank UC Davis for maintaining Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve—the land next to the lake where the trails can be…
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2019 Local Hiking Calendar!

2019 Bay Area Hiking Calendar

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Out with the old, in with the New Year—and a new calendar! Download your complimentary 2019 Hiking Calendar from Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and try a different hike every month of the year (New Year’s resolution: a hike a month!). The POST Hiking Calendar gives you the…
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Redwoods Ramble

Redwoods Hike on the San Mateo Coast

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If your idea of a great winter wander is walking among coastal redwoods without encountering many other people, then head to the San Mateo Coast’s Butano State Park. Get an early start for the 9.5-mile Canyon Loop hike, one of the park’s classics. From the visitor center take the…
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Hike to Hidden Falls

Hike to Hidden Falls in the Sierra Foothills

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Rain, sun, rain, wind, partial sun, rain … what’s a hiker to do? Go with the flow! Or rather, go to the flow. Hidden Falls Regional Park in the Sierra foothills near Auburn has 30 miles of multi-use trails, the most popular of which is the 2.5-mile (round-trip) route leading to…
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