Top 10 2019 Adventures (Readers Favorites)

It’s the day after Christmas, and our last issue of the year! So we’re going out like we always do, giving you the Top 10 Adventures of the year and adding on an 11th because there’s always a tie. In no particular order here are the adventures you most liked in 2019. See you in 2020!

Week 12.26.2019
Regions Northern CA

Oh So Power-Fall!

Yosemite Hikes to Vernal and Nevada Waterfall

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Who doesn't love a good waterfall? Well, this classic hike in Yosemite gives you two bangs for your hiking buck. But get an early start, because this is one of the most popular trails in the park.
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Bike to Beers (& Bites)

Bike the Contra Costa Canal Trail in the East Bay

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Ride your bike on a car-free trail and take a break at an alehouse … yes, please! Backed by looming Mount Diablo, the East Bay’s Contra Costa Canal Trail is an easygoing 23-mile (all-in) trail following its namesake canal, passing parks and open space. We recommend this 12-mile…
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Tahoe's Trio of Lake Vistas

Hike to Middle Velma Lake in Tahoe

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They say good things come in threes, and it’s true when you embark on this 8-mile (round-trip) hike in Tahoe’s Desolation Wilderness. It gives you three excellent lake vistas: Eagle Lake, Middle Velma Lake, and Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe. From the trailhead, follow signs to Eagle…
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Pomo Pitch

Hike-in Camping at Pomo Canyon on Sonoma Coast

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Secluded camping under the redwoods and by a creek … now that’s a good pitch! Get to it at newly re-opened Pomo Canyon Environmental Campground, an absolute gem within Sonoma Coast State Park. This walk-in only, 21-site campground has hillside options and spots closer to the…
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Sunol Salutations

Hike to Big Views in Sunol Regional Wilderness

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New Year, new points of view … lots of views, thanks to a less-hiked trail in the East Bay. Well-known Sunol Regional Wilderness has 6,800 acres of bountiful terrain, yet few hikers actually experience the best views the park offers. Those are found along this 4-mile loop in…
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From Peak to Beach

Hike the North Peak of Montara Mountain, then Hit the Beach!

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Morning on the mountain, afternoon at the beach, and in between both: banner ocean views. It’s all within 3 miles’ reach on the Peninsula when you get an early start at Montara State Beach. From the parking lot, beeline for Montara Mountain’s north peak trailhead, which is across…
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Meditative Woodlands Hike

Hike the Meditative Dean Trail in Huddart County Park

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Relaxation apps and calming soundtracks are nice, but stepping outdoors for this meditation hike in the redwoods is better! This 2-mile (round-trip) hike on the Dean Trail at Huddart Park winds you through woodland and a redwood forest, alongside a seasonal creek and to an…
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Big Time Hike

Hike Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park

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This is the largest grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite. We recommend this grand tour hike at 7.5 miles which includes a spectacular overlook.
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Force of Nature

Experience San Francisco's Salesforce Park in SOMA

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Finally, “pardon our dust” has turned into “enjoy our park!” San Francisco’s Salesforce Park in SOMA is a beautiful urban escape surrounded by skyscrapers. What do you wanna do? Because this four blocks of wonderment has some really cool stuff! You can lounge at a café table or…
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Your Private Cabin Is Calling

Yosemite's New Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge

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A private cabin in Yosemite tucked among sugar pines? Yes please! The brand-new Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge make your next Yosemite getaway even more relaxing. Each standalone cabin has a small kitchen, deck with lounge chairs, two bedrooms, and all modern furnishings…
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Jenner's New Views

Hike new trails at Jenner Headlands Preserve in Sonoma County

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If Big Sur had a little sister, we think it would be the Sonoma Coast … equally beautiful yet less filled with people, especially when you hike the new trail system at the Jenner Headlands Preserve in Sonoma County. These beautiful developed trails opened last year, offering…
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2020 Hiking Calendar

2020 Hiking Calendar by POST

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Just in time for the New Year, Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) has their 2020 hiking calendar ready for download (no cost). The brand-new calendar gives you the top hikes to do each month in the Peninsula and South Bay.
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    Secret Beach

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    Magical McClures

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