All Stories from Peninsula & South Bay

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    Sierra Vista Surprise

    Urbanized landscape can sometimes blend beautifully with wide-open spaces. It’s all about perspective. And San Jose’s Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve provides it! Get unobstructed views of the Santa Clara Valley and all the way across the bay on a 4.2-mile (round-trip) partial…

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    Royal Experience

    It’s Saturday morning, you want to go backpacking, but you’ve only got a night to spare. The time is right for Castle Rock State Park’s hike-in campground, where 20 first-come, first-served secluded campsites make for a quick overnight escape. This is a good beginners backpacking…

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    Glamping with Madonna

    So you want to go see Madonna, but don’t want to camp out for this big-ticket experience? Glamp out instead! Set high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, with an entourage of spectacular redwood trees, Mount Madonna County Park is 3,200 acres of beautiful secluded land dominated by…

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    Hike-in Hut

    One of the Santa Cruz Mountains’ coziest overnight escapes is accessed by a 1.5-mile hike through towering redwoods and shaded fern canyons. The Ollie Mayer Hiker’s Hut is an A-frame inspiration built by the Sierra Club in the ’70s and today remains a Bay Area treasure. To reach…

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    Camp at Francis

    Bluff-top camping with easy beach access? You’re not in SoCal. You’re in Half Moon Bay’s newly reopened Francis Beach Campground. The campground powered up last month, with electric hookups added to 40 of its 52 sites. Tents can be pitched at all the sites. Among the most popular…

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    Half Moon Bay Beach Hop

    What’s better than a beach paradise on a sunny spring day? Five of them! And they’re yours to connect along Half Moon Bay’s Coastside Trail—a bluff-top asphalt path with beach access points every half-mile. Start your 5-mile (round-trip) journey at Venice Beach and head north…

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    Vote for Pedro

    Green marks the spot. A green gate, that is. Hidden off Highway 1, just north of Pacifica’s Devil’s Slide Tunnel, this unassuming entrance leads to a 2.2-mile (round-trip) hike with spectacular views of the rugged Peninsula shoreline at Pedro Point. The trail’s crown jewel? Pedro…

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    Go See Madonna This Weekend!

    Surprise your friends by taking them to see Madonna! And the venue … it’s going to be amazing: high up in the Santa Cruz Mountains and dominated by redwood trees. Okay, we’re not talking “Like a Virgin” Madonna; we’re talking like “Second-Growth Redwoods” Mount Madonna. This…

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    Happy in Huddart

    Just off I-280 in the tony burg of Woodside is Huddart Park, a 972-acre respite with quiet trails curving through canyons and among stately second-growth redwoods. Picnic spots, grassy meadows, and a playground are all part of the attraction. For a good 4.5-mile hike with modest…

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    Purisima Charisma

    Beautiful old-growth redwoods have been at Purisima Creek for a long time, but the purple, pink, white, and yellow blossoms popping right now are spring fresh. Combine a canopy of redwoods and newly blooming wildflowers on a 5.4-mile loop in this Half Moon Bay haven. The hike…

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    Have You Bean Yet?

    Unassuming, beautiful, and a favorite once discovered, Bean Hollow State Beach is the Maggie Gyllenhaal of the San Mateo Coast. Located 3 miles south of Pescadero, this stretch of golden sand requires no hike-in, yet on most afternoons the place is wonderfully uncrowded. Spend…