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!

My Weekend Sherpa:

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1) Oh So Power-Fall!

When the water falls—waterfalls! And, whoa, did this past winter’s H2O make for a waterfall spring experience in Yosemite Valley. The flows are everywhere, starting with your drive into the valley via Mariposa. But it only gets better. Right now…

2) Bike to Beers (& Bites)

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…

3) 2020 Hiking Calendar

New Year’s Resolution: More hikes on the calendar! And just in time for the New Year, Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) has their 2020 hiking calendar ready for download (no cost).

2020 Hiking Calendar

4) Jenner's New Views

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…

5) Tahoe's Trio of Lake Vistas

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.…

6) Pomo Pitch

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…

7) Sunol Salutations

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.…

8) From Peak to Beach

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…

9) Meditative Woodlands Hike

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…

10) Big Time Hike

Big on the scene these days in Yosemite: about 500 giant sequoias in the park’s newly reopened Mariposa Grove. Tucked in the southern part, this grove is the largest of giant sequoias in Yosemite. It was closed for several years…

11) Force of Nature

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!…

12) Your Private Cabin Is Calling

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…

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