San Francisco Bay Area

California, United States
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The San Francisco Bay Area is over 7,000 square miles (land mass) and home to more than 7 million people.   The Bay Area  includes nine counties that touch San Francisco Bay: - In the North: Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma - In the East: Alameda and Contra Costa - In the South: Santa Clara - On the Peninsula: San Francisco and San Mateo   According to 511.org, a website supported by The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC),  the agency responsible for the planning, financing and coordination of transportation throughout the Bay Area, the region features a diverse transportation network consisting of: - 750 miles of bikeways in the regional bicycle system including the nine-country Bay Trail (and an additional 1,300 miles of new bikeways proposed).  - 9,000 miles of bus routes - 470 miles of rail transit - 5 commuter ferry lines - 5 public ports - 3 major commercial airports - 1,420 miles of highways - 340 miles of carpool lanes - 8 toll bridges - 19,600 miles of local streets and roads   

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Easy
0.6 mi/
1.0 km
Terra Linda and Sleepy Hollow Ridge
Easy trail in Sleepy Hollow, CA
Easy
1.5 mi/
2.4 km
Pulgas Water Temple Area Exploration
"I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people,"
Easy
2.1 mi/
3.4 km
Shollenberger Park
2.2 mile trail near Petaluma, California
Easy
2.2 mi/
3.5 km
San Pedro Valley County Park, Pacifica
Enjoy the many trails in the unspoilt hills and valleys of this great Pacifica park.
Easy
2.3 mi/
3.7 km
An Urban Park on the S.F. Bay.
Candlestick Point: A study in recovery, and urban retreat.
Easy
2.5 mi/
4.0 km
Guadalupe River Park in downtown San Jose
Get out of the office and see the Heritage Rose Garden and other downtown San Jose attractions
Easy
3.1 mi/
5.0 km
Easy
3.2 mi/
5.2 km
Big Break Regional Shoreline Exploration
The water flowing past Big Break Regional Shoreline via the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers drains 1/2 of California.
Easy
3.6 mi/
5.8 km
Cascade Falls
Waterfall in Fairfax, CA
Easy
3.8 mi/
6.1 km
Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge Exploration
The nation's first urban National Wildlife Refuge is a jewel on the San Francisco Bay.
Easy
4.0 mi/
6.4 km
Bon Tempe Lake
Easy Hike in Fairfax, CA
Easy
4.5 mi/
7.2 km
Heritage Grove Loop, Sam McDonald Park
A hike in Sam McDonald County Park promising both old-growth redwood trees and sweeping mountaintop views.
Easy
4.5 mi/
7.2 km
Carson falls, Fairfax Ca
if you have seen Cataract falls, this is close by and a great hike
Easy
4.9 mi/
7.9 km
Hike Around Bald Knob
5.8 mile trail near Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve
Easy
5.8 mi/
9.3 km
Bayview and Red Hill Trails at Coyote Hills Regional Park
Gentle climbs, scenic bay views and traces of American Indian heritage await at the west edge of Fremont, California
Easy
5.9 mi/
9.5 km
Alviso section of Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge
Easy trails and mass migrations make this one of the best birdwatching locales in the San Francisco Bay Area
Easy
7.6 mi/
12.2 km
Palomarin to Alamere Falls
A great hike from Palomarin to Alamere Falls in Marin County
Easy
8.4 mi/
13.5 km
Petaluma’s Gardens and Groves
Garden retreat outside of San Francisco.
Easy
17.9 mi/
29 km
Pedro Point Headlands, Pacifica
Secret little coastal hike with unparalleled views of the San Francisco peninsula shoreline.
Moderate
2.5 mi/
4.0 km
Carquinez Straits Park - Nejedly Staging trails loop
Carquinez Straits Regional Park. From Nejedly Staging area in Martinez. 3.5 mile scenic loop.
Moderate
3.3 mi/
5.3 km
Quarry Trail and Big Springs Trail
A loop traversing open grassy ridges and forested pathways in Tilden Regional Park
Moderate
3.5 mi/
5.6 km
Lucas Valley Loop
A fun little hike with a 360-degree panoramic view at the top
Moderate
3.6 mi/
5.8 km
The Stanford Dish Hike
A scenic 4-mile loop on steep, paved trails with great views on Stanford University and the San Francisco Bay.
Moderate
4.0 mi/
6.5 km
Monument Peak - Ed Levin County Park
4.2 mile trail in Ed Levin County Park, California
Moderate
4.2 mi/
6.8 km
Sibley Volcanic Geology Hike
An interpretative hike highlighting the unique geology of the Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve
Moderate
4.3 mi/
6.9 km
Las Trampas Rocky Ridge Loop
Take a stroll around the tall rolling grassy hills East of San Francisco in the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness.
Moderate
4.5 mi/
7.2 km
Kovar Trail to Mt. Diablo-Briones Trail via Ridge Top Trail
Undulating hill views and an expansive valley unfold in the foothills of Mt. Diablo at Shell Ridge Open Space Park
Moderate
4.5 mi/
7.2 km
West Ridge Trail - Redwood Regional Park
5.4 mile trail in Redwood Regional Park with vies of San Francisco Bay and Mt. Diablo
Moderate
5.4 mi/
8.7 km
Las Trampas Devil's Hole Loop
Fun 6.6 hike into a remote area of Las Trampas. Great views East towards Mt Diablo and West towards the Oakland Hills.
Moderate
6.6 mi/
10.6 km
Panoramic Hill - Chaparral Peak - Strawberry Canyon Loop
6.7 mile trail near Berkeley, California with excellent bay views
Moderate
6.7 mi/
10.8 km
Sugarloaf Mountain Trail, Napa
Wine country also makes excellent hiking country, as illustrated by this great Napa hillside route.
Moderate
7.4 mi/
11.9 km
Ridgeline Trail hike at Pleasanton Ridge Park
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park is an excellent escape from the East Bay suburban sprawl.
Moderate
7.4 mi/
11.9 km
The Coastal trail to Alamere Falls
A scenic hike in either direction with the creme' de la creme' Alamere Falls as your reward
Moderate
8.3 mi/
13.4 km
Harkins Ridge and Craig Britton Trail
10.4 mile trail in Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP, California
Moderate
10.4 mi/
16.7 km
Skyline Trail - Middle Section
Rolling terrain hike through a jungle-like setting
Moderate
14.4 mi/
23 km
Point Reyes - Bear Valley Trail, Sky Trail, Horse Trail Loop
Loop of trails from Bear Valley Visitor Center in Olema and back.
Moderate
15.6 mi/
25 km
Ohlone College to Mission Peak
Gradual route is a less-strenuous option for hiking to the top of the popular East Bay peak
Difficult
8.0 mi/
12.9 km
Bear Gulch and Alambique Trails, Wunderlich County Park
Towering redwoods and eye-opening vistas make this hike a great escape from the stress of Silicon Valley.
Difficult
8.7 mi/
14.0 km
Mission Peak via Bay Area Ridge Trail and Ed Levin Park
Extra-strenuous hike goes to Monument Peak, Mission Peak and back over 14 miles in an excellent spring outing.
Difficult
13.5 mi/
22 km
Seven Springs Trail
2.6 mile trail near Cupertino, California
n/a
2.6 mi/
4.2 km
Wildcat Canyon - Tilden Loop II
10.1 mile trail in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park and Tilden Regional Park near East Richmond Heights, California
n/a
10.1 mi/
16.3 km
French Trail Loop - Redwood Regional Park
An East Bay Beauty - creeks, ravines, and lots of redwoods. 7.9 miles near Oakland, California
n/a
7.9 mi/
12.7 km
Mori Point and Sweeney Ridge Loop
10.8 mile trail near San Bruno, California
n/a
10.8 mi/
17.4 km
Wildcat Canyon and Tilden Regional Park Loop
12.9 mile trail in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park
n/a
12.9 mi/
21 km

La Honda Open Space Preserve

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Alpine Pond
A family-friendly audio guide to a wildlife mecca in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Easy
0.3 mi/
0.5 km
Alpine Pond (Mandarin Chinese)
A family-friendly audio guide to a wildlife mecca in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Easy
0.3 mi/
0.5 km
Alpine Pond (Spanish)
A family-friendly audio guide to a wildlife mecca in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Easy
0.3 mi/
0.5 km
Skyline Ridge Habitats
Explore 4 plant communities—riparian, forest, chaparral, grassland—in a short, scenic hike in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Easy
2.0 mi/
3.2 km
Russian Ridge, Mindego Hill, Borel Hill
Take a leisurely drive up Page Mill Road, then have a spectacular hike with views of the Pacific Ocean and the Bay!
n/a
10.1 mi/
16.3 km

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
East Peak, Mt. Tamalpais State Park
The best panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay Area are just a half-mile hike away atop Mt. Tamalpais.
Easy
0.5 mi/
0.8 km
Verna Dunshee Loop Trail around Mt Tamalpais East Peak
Experience some of the best views in the Bay Area along this flat, paved trail. A great hike for young kids.
Easy
0.7 mi/
1.1 km
Mountain Theater and the Southwest Slope of Mount Tamalpais
The amazing theater and an afternoon hike on Tam's west slopes
Easy
2.0 mi/
3.2 km
Sausalito California
Winter On The Bay
Easy
5.3 mi/
8.5 km
Point Bonita Lighthouse Trail
Explore the spectacular cliffs along a short trail above the Pacific Ocean less than 30 minutes from San Francisco.
Moderate
0.3 mi/
0.5 km
Dipsea Trail-Steep Ravine Loop
A nice loop in Mount Tamalpais State Park
Moderate
3.8 mi/
6.1 km
Muir Woods and Tourist Club Loop
Backdoor entry to Muir Woods on an uncrowded trail where you can enjoy scenery (and a bar!) most visitors never see.
Moderate
4.5 mi/
7.2 km
Mount Tam - Southeast Trail
Trail from Summit Ave to East Peak.
Moderate
5.1 mi/
8.2 km
Muir Woods National Monument Exploration
You may not think of salmon when visiting the redwoods in Muir Woods, but it's home to a population of Coho Salmon.
Moderate
6.0 mi/
9.7 km
Steep Ravine via Matt Davis, Mt Tamalpais
Get an early start to enjoy one of Mt Tamalpais' most loved and most distinctive trails.
Moderate
6.5 mi/
10.5 km
Cataract Trail Loop in Marin County
See Marin County's most scenic waterfalls. 7-mile moderate hike
Moderate
7.7 mi/
12.4 km
Coast View Trail Loop, Mt Tamalpais State Park
Perfect Mt. Tamalpais coastal scenery, Muir Wood redwoods and a chance to quench your thirst at an old British pub.
Moderate
8.5 mi/
13.7 km
Muir Woods via the Bootjack Trail
Beat the crowds by walking to famed Muir Woods. 6-mile moderate hike.
Moderate
8.9 mi/
14.3 km
West Point Inn, Mt. Tamalpais SP
Explore the remnants of a bygone era on the slopes of Mt Tamalpais.
Moderate
9.0 mi/
14.5 km
Moderate
16.3 mi/
26 km
Stinson Beach to Mt. Tamalpais
A great day (or overnight) hike from the beach to the top of Mount Tamalpais where you can see the entire bay area.
Difficult
17.3 mi/
28 km
Mount Tamalpais
Deep woods and towering vistas await at Marin County's most famous peak
n/a
Miwok Trail to Bonita Point
7.8 mile trail in Marin Headlands, California
n/a
7.8 mi/
12.6 km
Marin Headlands
Headlands host beauty and history of San Francisco Bay Area
n/a
Rodeo Lagoon to Pt Bonita Lighthouse
4.1 mile trail near Marin City, California
n/a
4.1 mi/
6.6 km
n/a
1.2 mi/
1.9 km

Blazing Saddles San Francisco

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Downtown Architecture Walk
Discover some of the best-kept architecture secrets of downtown San Francisco
Easy
0.5 mi/
0.8 km
A Trip through the 1960s in Haight-Ashbury
The historical, groovy and fun neighborhood near Golden Gate Park
Easy
1.0 mi/
1.6 km
Weekend in SF's Mission District
Known for its vibrant Latino culture, colorful murals, and hip, artistic spirit. . .
Easy
1.0 mi/
1.6 km
Touring Chinatown
Experience the largest Chinatown outside of Asia
Easy
1.2 mi/
1.9 km
Mission District Food, Art, and Shopping
Cutting-edge art, colorful murals, vibrant restaurants, boutiques and a roof-top view
Easy
1.2 mi/
1.9 km
Crissy Field Exploration
Crissy Field's 100 acres of wild, windswept shoreline are a favorite place for recreation and enjoying wildlife.
Easy
1.3 mi/
2.1 km
California Cable Car
Ride on a historic cable car over San Francisco's famous hills and past many must-see attractions
Easy
1.4 mi/
2.3 km
Union Square and SoMa
Shops, museums, parks and dining in Union Square and South of Market Street
Easy
1.6 mi/
2.6 km
Treasures from San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum
Walking map showing the location of each of the plants illustrated in the watercolor paintings in the library
Easy
1.6 mi/
2.6 km
Presidio Ecology Trail
A short hike through the woods with a small detour to Inspiration Point with views of the Bay and Alcatraz
Easy
1.7 mi/
2.7 km
Powell-Hyde Cable Car
Ride on a historic cable car over San Francisco's famous hill and past many must-see destinations
Easy
2.1 mi/
3.4 km
Powell-Mason Cable Car
Ride on a historic cable car over San Francisco's famous hill and past many must-see destinations
Easy
2.1 mi/
3.4 km
Waterfront for Families
Explore the city by the bay and appeal to kids of all ages
Easy
2.1 mi/
3.4 km
Embarcadero and Union Square
Connecting Fisherman's Wharf with the heart of San Francisco's shopping district, with plenty of sightseeing on the way.
Easy
2.2 mi/
3.5 km
Presidio Bay Area Ridge Trail
A 2.5-mile section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail through the woods with some great viewpoints in the Presidio
Easy
2.8 mi/
4.5 km
North Beach and Little Italy
Explore the Italian-American culture, learn about the Beat Poets and explore one of San Francisco's earliest settlements
Easy
3.3 mi/
5.3 km
Find Nature at Lands End
The wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco is a land of rich history and spectacular nature
Easy
3.4 mi/
5.5 km
Golden Gate Bridge Walk
Walk across one of the most beautiful bridges in the world with great views of San Francisco in the distance
Easy
3.6 mi/
5.8 km
Angel Island State Park
See gorgeous Bay vistas and visit the Immigration Station.
Easy
5.5 mi/
8.9 km
Angel Island's Perimeter Road
Great way to see the Bay
Easy
5.8 mi/
9.3 km
San Francisco in One Day
San Francisco--the City by the Bay--all major sights in one guide
Easy
6.0 mi/
9.7 km
Union Square to Golden Gate Park
Just 3.2 miles from downtown San Francisco to the oasis of green that is Golden Gate Park.
Easy
6.4 mi/
10.3 km
One Perfect Day in San Francisco
A good day schedule when you have guests in town
Easy
7.1 mi/
11.4 km
Bike the Bridge
The shortest and flattest possible route to the Golden Gate Bridge, with plenty of great side trips on the way!
Easy
7.6 mi/
12.2 km
Bridge to Sausalito
Fun and leisurely cruise across the bridge to the shoppers and diners mecca of Sausalito. Return by ferry.
Easy
7.9 mi/
12.7 km
California Coastal Trail - San Francisco
Hike along the Coastal Trail from the Cliff House at Lands End to the Golden Gate Bridge
Easy
8.9 mi/
14.3 km
Bay to Breakers
From Ferry Building to Pacific Ocean we recreate an old San Francisco tradition and fit in some great sightseeing.
Easy
16.3 mi/
26 km
Batteries to Bluffs Trail
A short hike along the batteries and bluffs in the Presidio of San Francisco
Moderate
0.7 mi/
1.1 km
San Francisco Walking Tour for kids 8 to 68
Full day family-friendly urban trek of SF Waterfront and Bay up Telegraph Hill through North Beach and Chinatown.
Moderate
2.3 mi/
3.7 km
Angel Island Science Hike
In the middle of San Francisco Bay sits Angel Island State Park, with spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline.
Moderate
3.3 mi/
5.3 km
Backpacking at Angel Island
Camping in the middle of San Francisco Bay offers a window on the region's wonders after dark.
Moderate
6.0 mi/
9.7 km
Angel Island
Picture perfect San Francisco Bay views on this tranquil tour of a remote island with hardly a car in sight.
Moderate
6.0 mi/
9.7 km
The Grand Tour
Explore the best of San Francisco in a single day!
Moderate
18.0 mi/
29 km
San Bruno Mtn Bicycle
18.2 mile trail near San Francisco, California
Moderate
18.2 mi/
29 km
Bridge to Marin Headlands
Escape the city and head for the hills! Cross the bridge in search of nature, beaches, lighthouses and awesome roads!
Moderate
19.2 mi/
31 km
Bridge to Tiburon
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin and tour several picturesque bay-side towns. Return by ferry.
Moderate
19.5 mi/
31 km
A Beatnik Walk through North Beach
Experience the remnants of Beat culture in one of San Francisco's great neighborhoods
n/a
0.6 mi/
1.0 km
San Francisco Walking Tour: SoMa
Go “South of Market” for art, green space, and more.
n/a
5.6 mi/
9.0 km
San Francisco Walking Tour: Japantown
Great finds abound in this cool Asian enclave.
n/a
0.2 mi/
0.3 km
San Francisco Walking Tour: Chinatown
Let your senses get lost in the country’s oldest Chinese neighborhood.
n/a
5.5 mi/
8.9 km
San Francisco Waterfront
See for yourself why San Francisco's waterfront attracts travelers from around the world.
n/a
San Francisco Walking Tour: Embarcadero
Stroll the Bay City’s scenic waterfront.
n/a
9.3 mi/
15.0 km
San Francisco Walking Tour: Pacific Heights
This well-heeled neighborhood has something for everyone.
n/a
1.2 mi/
1.9 km
San Francisco Walking Tour: Hayes Valley
Explore one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods.
n/a
2.2 mi/
3.5 km
Free Ride
Blaze your own trails through San Francisco and beyond with this guide for all ages and abilities.
n/a
165 mi/
266 km
San Francisco Walking Tour: Haight/Ashbury
Go beyond the city’s counter-culture past to explore this diverse neighborhood’s new haunts.
n/a
2.4 mi/
3.9 km
San Francisco Walking Tour: The Castro
There’s always a party in the city’s first gay neighborhood.
n/a
1.2 mi/
1.9 km

China Camp State Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Turtleback Point Loop Walk
A short loop at China Camp State Park
Easy
0.7 mi/
1.1 km
Black Ranch Meadows
Loop around Black Ranch Meadows in China Camp State Park
Easy
1.8 mi/
2.9 km

Arastradero Preserve

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Arastradero Preserve Redtail Loop Trail
Nice 1.4 mile trail for a quick hike with kids. Also suitable as an extension to other trails in Arastradero.
Easy
1.3 mi/
2.1 km
Mountain Biking in Arastradero Preserve
Some of the best mountain biking trails in the Stanford area. A good variation of single and double track.
Moderate
6.8 mi/
10.9 km

Monte Bello Open Space Preserve

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Horseshoe Lake Circuit
1.4 mile trail near Vista Verde, California
Easy
1.4 mi/
2.3 km
Alpine Pond at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
Get your nature fix and add a short hike at this bucolic pond in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco.
Easy
2.4 mi/
3.9 km
San Andreas Fault Trail Exploration
The San Andreas Fault runs nearly the length of the state. See it up close and personal.
Moderate
1.1 mi/
1.8 km
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
A moderate 5.3 mile loop with a 900-foot climb. A great springtime wildflower hike!
Moderate
5.3 mi/
8.5 km
Monte Bello Crossover
Multiple viewpoint loop hike along Skyline
Moderate
11.2 mi/
18.0 km

Jack London State Historic Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Lower Park Overview, Lack London State Historic Park
Loop Walk on the Lower Trails: Happy Walls House and Museum, Jack and Charmian’s Grave Site, Wolf House Ruins, Vineyards
Easy
1.6 mi/
2.6 km
London Lake Loop
Beauty Ranch and London Lake at Jack London State Historic Park
Easy
2.5 mi/
4.0 km

Stanford Campus

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Stanford Campus Walk
Experience one the country's impressive University campuses
Easy
2.0 mi/
3.2 km

Mori Point

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Mori Point. Golden Gate NP Conservancy
Short coastal bluff hike with outstanding views and wildflowers.
Easy
2.0 mi/
3.2 km

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Mavericks Cliffs Trail
A short hike along the Mavericks cliffs at one of the most famous surfing spots in the world
Easy
2.5 mi/
4.0 km

San Gregorio State Beach

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Easy
2.7 mi/
4.3 km

Half Moon Bay State Beach

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
A Walk Up Half Moon Bay's Beach
An easy beach walk with shells, seabirds, and surf
Easy
4.1 mi/
6.6 km
Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail
Experience scenic views of the Pacific coast by bike or foot
Easy
11.5 mi/
18.5 km

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Bald Mountain Trail, Vista Trail, and Meadow Trail Loop
A great overview hike of Sugarloaf State Park
Easy
4.2 mi/
6.8 km

Sunol Regional Wilderness

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Maguire Peaks Loop Hike
Hike Maguire Peaks Loop and you might be lucky enough to see the herd of Tule Elks.
Easy
4.7 mi/
7.6 km
Flag Hill Loop, Sunol Regional Wilderness
A short, steep hike up Flag Hill promises grand scenery and offers a great way to introduce your kids to hiking.
Moderate
3.7 mi/
6.0 km
Eagle View Trail
Eagle View is one of the best of many great trails at Sunol Wilderness in the hills east of Fremont, California
Moderate
5.4 mi/
8.7 km
Little Yosemite and W Tree Scramble
Rock formations and rushing waters make this an excellent hike in the East Bay hills.
Moderate
6.7 mi/
10.8 km
Sunol Wilderness to Mission Peak
This back-door route to Mission Peak is a wilder, quieter alternative to more popular trails
Difficult
10.2 mi/
16.4 km
Rose Peak Hike From Sunol
Peak bag the jewel of Ohlone Wilderness, Rose Peak (3,817 ft.), in one day.
Difficult
17.8 mi/
29 km
Rose Peak - Ohlone Regional Wilderness
17.8 mile trail in the Ohlone Regional Wilderness, California
Difficult
17.8 mi/
29 km
Mission Peak from Sunol Regional Park
10.4 mile trail near Fremont, California
n/a
10.4 mi/
16.7 km
San Francisco Bay Area
Temperature, terrain and amenities make the Bay Area one of the world's top destinations for outdoor recreation.
n/a
Sunol Wilderness
A great way to see the East Bay hills; nature abounds just minutes from civilization
n/a
6.7 mi/
10.8 km

Garin-Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Tolman Peak Hike
The best hike in Dry Creek Pioneer Park provides great scenic views on the east bay and solitude you're looking for.
Easy
5.0 mi/
8.0 km
High Ridge Loop at Garin-Dry Creek Park
Get a good workout and explore the history of the hills east of Hayward at Garin-Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park.
Difficult
10.8 mi/
17.4 km

Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Tony Look Trail at Stevens Creek Park
Hiking above the reservoir at Stevens Creek Park
Moderate
1.4 mi/
2.3 km

Briones Regional Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Briones Regional Park Exploration
Just a 10-minute drive from Berkeley, Briones Regional Park is a 6,117 acre park in Contra Costa County.
Moderate
2.2 mi/
3.5 km
Hike at Briones Regional Park -- Bear Creek Trail Head
East Bay park offers ample solitude, abundant sunshine
Moderate
7.6 mi/
12.2 km
Bear Creek to Briones Crest Loop at Briones Regional Park
Trail loop from the Bear Creek entrance up to Briones Crest Trail and back.
n/a
7.5 mi/
12.1 km

Huckleberry Botanic Preserve

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve Exploration
As sure as the earth moves in Berkeley, there's a volcano just off Skyline Boulevard.
Moderate
2.3 mi/
3.7 km

Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Samuel P. Taylor State Park Exploration
The 2,882 acres of Samuel P. Taylor State Park wilderness is within easy driving distance of San Francisco.
Moderate
2.6 mi/
4.2 km
Barnabe Peak Loop Hike
A morning hike up Barnabe Peak, it's vistas and a return along a Redwood lined creek trail.
Moderate
5.6 mi/
9.0 km
Mt Barnabe, Samuel P Taylor State Park
Hike the winding forest trail up reach the sun-bleached summit of Mt Barnabe and views over Marin County.
Moderate
6.0 mi/
9.7 km
Devils Gulch
6.2 mile trail in Samuel Taylor State Park, California
Moderate
6.2 mi/
10.0 km

Sweeney Ridge

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Sweeney Ridge, Golden Gate NP Conservancy
Explore the history of the Bay Area from atop Sweeney Ridge, or just come to admire the great coastal scenery.
Moderate
3.0 mi/
4.8 km
Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail Exploration
Although this trail is not open for walk-in use by the general public, volunteer trail leaders head trips 3x a week.
Moderate
10.0 mi/
16.1 km
Bay Area Ridge Trail: Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail
A permit only section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail
Moderate
13.2 mi/
21 km

San Bruno Mountain State Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
San Bruno Mountain, Ridge Trail and Summit Loop
Hike the popular wilderness preserve on this great San Francisco Peninsula hike.
Moderate
3.5 mi/
5.6 km

Huddart County Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Dean Trail and Campground Trail - Huddart County Park
Easy-to-moderate look hike provides a shady getaway from festivities at the popular park
Moderate
3.6 mi/
5.8 km
Phleger Estate via Skyline Boulevard trailhead
Best way to see a luscious - and little-known - redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains west of Silicon Valley
Moderate
6.8 mi/
10.9 km
Crystal Springs and Chinquapin Trails at Huddart County Park
This 8-mile hike explores the best features of Huddart County Park west of Woodside, Calif., and Silicon Valley
Moderate
8.1 mi/
13.0 km
Miramontes Trail - Phleger Estate
6.2 mile trail near Woodside, California
n/a
6.2 mi/
10.0 km

Alum Rock Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Alum Rock Exploration
Alum Rock Park, created in 1872 as the first municipal park in California, offers ancient rocks & new geologic changes.
Moderate
4.0 mi/
6.4 km
Pigeon Gap Trail - Alum Rock Park
4.7 mile trail in Alum Rock Park, California
Moderate
4.7 mi/
7.6 km
North Rim Trail to Boccardo Trail at Alum Rock Park
Hike to the backcountry just beyond the popular park on southeast edge of Silicon Valley.
Moderate
8.1 mi/
13.0 km

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
New Brushy Peak Loop
Brushy Peak's beautiful 2008 addition. This 4.5-mi loop and 950-foot elevation makes a perfect afternoon hike.
Moderate
4.6 mi/
7.4 km

Mount Diablo State Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Mt. Diablo Summit Trail to Rock City
Hike from South Gate Dr. on the Summit Trail to Sentinel Peak and assorted 'Wind Caves' on Mt. Diablo
Moderate
5.1 mi/
8.2 km
Summit and Secret Valley Trails Loop
Open grasslands and ocean vistas with stair-climbing in a deep Redwood canyon
Moderate
6.0 mi/
9.7 km
Mount Diablo's Grand Loop
A 40-minute audio guide to a panoramic trail encircling one of the Bay Area's highest peaks.
Moderate
6.2 mi/
10.0 km
Waterfall loop at Mount Diablo State Park
Winter and spring rains create scenic waterfalls in this hike at Mount Diablo, the East Bay's signature peak.
Moderate
6.5 mi/
10.5 km
Mt. Diablo State Park Exploration
This park is one of the ecological treasures of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Difficult
3.9 mi/
6.3 km
Mitchell Canyon to Eagle Peak Hike at Mount Diablo State Park
The lush greenery of Mitchell Canyon leads to an invigorating climb to Eagle Peak, a favorite of local hikers.
Difficult
7.8 mi/
12.6 km
North Peak at Mount Diablo State Park
Skip the summit crowds and see Mount Diablo's North Peak. Strenuous 10-mile hike.
Difficult
10.0 mi/
16.1 km
Old Finley Road Loop
8.7 mile trail near Morgan Territory and Mt. Diablo, California
n/a
8.7 mi/
14.0 km

Joseph D. Grant County Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Dutch Flat and Dairy Trails at Grant County Park
A great loop hike for wildlife and wildflower scouting at the park in the hills east of San Jose.
Moderate
5.7 mi/
9.2 km
Yerba Buena to Halls Valley Trail Loop at Joseph D. Grant Park
One of the best hikes in the county park in the hills east of San Jose, California
Moderate
6.8 mi/
10.9 km
Antler Point from Twin Gates
11.0 mile trail near Grant Ranch, California
Moderate
11.0 mi/
17.7 km
Perimeter loop hike at Grant County Park
This beefy 22-mile trek hits all the high points of the park in the hills east of San Jose
Difficult
22 mi/
35 km

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Black Diamond Trail Loop
Learn about the coal mining era while hiking the rugged hills of Black Diamond Mines east of Concord.
Moderate
6.1 mi/
9.8 km

McNee Ranch State Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Montara Mountain, McNee Ranch State Park
Overlook pristine coastal landscapes from a mountain top that’s just a short drive from San Francisco.
Moderate
7.0 mi/
11.3 km

Rancho San Antonio County Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Wildcat Canyon Loop at Rancho San Antonio
Escape the crowds and take in the sights on this loop at the popular park west of Cupertino.
Moderate
7.3 mi/
11.7 km
Difficult
8.1 mi/
13.0 km
Black Mountain from Rhus Ridge, Rancho San Antonio
Great hike from Los Altos Hills, towering 2812' over Silicon Valley.
Difficult
9.8 mi/
15.8 km
Deer Hollow Farm at Rancho San Antonio
Easy hike to a barnyard full of cows, chickens and other critters is a favorite spot at the park west of Mountain View
n/a
2.8 mi/
4.5 km

Windy Hill Open Space Preserve

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Windy Hill South Loop
A nice quick escape for Peninsula hikers in need of a fix and a good workout.
Moderate
8.0 mi/
12.9 km

Annadel State Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Lake Ilsajo, Buick Meadow Loop - Annadel State Park
Connecting several trails to cover the central third of the park with not a hint of the city just over the hill.
Moderate
8.7 mi/
14.0 km

Ohlone Wilderness

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Murietta Falls via Ohlone Wilderness Trail
A tough-but-rewarding hike to the San Francisco Bay Area's highest waterfall.
Difficult
11.9 mi/
19.2 km
Ohlone Wilderness Trail
Rugged but rewarding trek is best way to see East Bay backcountry
Difficult
29 mi/
47 km

Burleigh Murray State Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Purisima Creek - Whittmore Gulch
10.5 mile trail near Halfmoon Bay, California
n/a
10.5 mi/
16.9 km

Edgewood County Park And Natural Preserve

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Edgewood Park Serpentine Trail
3.3 mile trail in Edgewood Park, California
n/a
3.3 mi/
5.3 km
Guides
Cataract Trail Loop in Marin County
Cataract Trail Loop in Marin County
Bolinas, California, United States
 
Moderate: 7.7 miles, Half day
See Marin County's most scenic waterfalls. 7-mile moderate hike
Steep Ravine via Matt Davis, Mt Tamalpais
Steep Ravine via Matt Davis, Mt Tamalpais
Stinson Beach, California, United States
 
Moderate: 6.5 miles, Half day
Get an early start to enjoy one of Mt Tamalpais' most loved and most distinctive trails.
Mount Diablo's Grand Loop
Mount Diablo's Grand Loop
Mount Diablo State Park, California, United States
 
Moderate: 6.2 miles, Half day
A 40-minute audio guide to a panoramic trail encircling one of the Bay Area's highest peaks.
Muir Woods and Tourist Club Loop
Muir Woods and Tourist Club Loop
Mill Valley, California, United States
 
Moderate: 4.5 miles, Half day
Backdoor entry to Muir Woods on an uncrowded trail where you can enjoy scenery (and a bar!) most visitors never see.
Batteries to Bluffs Trail
Batteries to Bluffs Trail
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Moderate: 0.7 miles, 1 hour or less
A short hike along the batteries and bluffs in the Presidio of San Francisco
Briones Regional Park Exploration
Briones Regional Park Exploration
Martinez, California, United States
 
Moderate: 2.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Just a 10-minute drive from Berkeley, Briones Regional Park is a 6,117 acre park in Contra Costa County.
Find Nature at Lands End
Find Nature at Lands End
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Easy: 3.4 miles, 1-3 hours
The wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco is a land of rich history and spectacular nature
North Peak at Mount Diablo State Park
North Peak at Mount Diablo State Park
Clayton, California, United States
 
Difficult: 10.0 miles, Full day
Skip the summit crowds and see Mount Diablo's North Peak. Strenuous 10-mile hike.
The Stanford Dish Hike
The Stanford Dish Hike
Stanford, California, United States
 
Moderate: 4.0 miles, 1 hour or less
A scenic 4-mile loop on steep, paved trails with great views on Stanford University and the San Francisco Bay.
Golden Gate Bridge Walk
Golden Gate Bridge Walk
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Easy: 3.6 miles, 1-3 hours
Walk across one of the most beautiful bridges in the world with great views of San Francisco in the distance
The Coastal trail to Alamere Falls
The Coastal trail to Alamere Falls
Bolinas, California, United States
 
Moderate: 8.3 miles, 1-3 hours
A scenic hike in either direction with the creme' de la creme' Alamere Falls as your reward
Angel Island State Park
Angel Island State Park
Tiburon, California, United States
 
Easy: 5.5 miles, 1-3 hours
See gorgeous Bay vistas and visit the Immigration Station.
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Cataract Falls Trail, Marin County, Northern Califonia
by tommangan on May 13, 2009
Mount Tamalpais Watershed, California, United States
7.7 miles
Excellent waterfall hike in Marin County, and one of the best hikes in all of Northern California. Full writeup at my hiking blog. 
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Marin Headlands: Miwok Trail to Bonita Point
by stevelabo on May 11, 2009
Sausalito, California, United States
7.8 miles
Spectacular scenery, amazing temperature changes, panoramic views of both Mount Tamalpaias and San Francisco on this short, refreshing hike. Point Bonita is rich in nautical history dating back to late 1700s and much of the other infrastructure dates back to 1902 with the consturction of the first US military installations. Today, the military property is decommissioned and most of the buildings in the area are used for recreational purposes. Besides the visitor\'s...
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Mt. Diablo Waterfalls/Back Creek loop
by edgarstiles on Jan 31, 2010
Clayton, California, United States
6.5 miles
After a couple of weeks of rain, it's prime time to go on the falls loops on the Clayton side of Mt. Diablo. Lots of daffodils on the lower parts of the trail, too!Regency Gate > Donner Canyon Rd. > Cardinet Oaks Rd. > Middle Trail > Falls > Meridian Ridge Rd. > Meridian Point Trail > Back Creek Trail . Back Creek Rd. > Regency Gate.
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Stinson Beach to Mount Tamalpais Summit... and back
by Vaudesir on Mar 21, 2010
Stinson Beach, California, United States
15.2 miles
I've been meaning to do this hike for quite some time. In addition to everything nice about it (the flowers, the views, the climb, the length, the company), it just seemed meaningful.Since several of us were considering that hike, it was just a matter of picking a date. Barbara and Pavla called it, and there we went.We started on the Stinson Beach parking lot shortly after 9:30 and took Dipsea trail to...
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The definitive Mt Diablo hike - Summit from Mitchell Canyon (loop)
by Vaudesir on Apr 10, 2010
Clayton, California, United States
13.0 miles
Something else that I've been meaning to do for a long time: a hike from the base of Mount Diablo to the summit. While cleaning the house few months ago, I found an old brochure I got from a past visit, listing the "demanding hikes in Mt Diablo State Park". The "Summit from Mitchell Canyon" one caught my attention. It is featured as "the definitive Mt Diablo hike". Definitively appealing.Most of the...
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Sweeney Ridge from Sneath Ln Trailhead
by stevelabo on May 25, 2009
Pacifica, California, United States
5.7 miles
Located in the town of Pacifica, California, the site of the discovery of San Francisco Bay consists of the point at which the Portola Expedition, 1769, crossed over Sweeney Ridge, and for the first time, came to view one of the world’s largest sheltered anchorages. From the top of Sweeney Ridge one can see not only inland to the Bay, but north along the ocean coast as far as Point Reyes. No structures are on the site nor...
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Walking around Lands End
by chris on Feb 07, 2010
San Francisco, California, United States
8.4 miles
I have lived in San Francisco for WAY too long (ok, 5 months) to have not done this hike yet.  I planned to do it a couple of months ago and underestimated the walk through Golden Gate Park to the Cliffhouse and had already hiked a solid 6 miles before getting there (and then it was dark...).  This weekend I got an early start (11am) and dedicated the day to it; every...
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Black Mountain Loop
by antonyw on Apr 16, 2010
Vista Verde, California, United States
7.0 miles
A really nice hike through Montebello that includes Black Mountain and the Stevens Creek Nature Trail.The hike started off wonderfully with a coyote hunting gophers in the grass some distance away from me.  I was downwind of him so while he was preoccupied with getting his breakfast he ended up drifting up the ridge quite close to me. I saw two coyotes today and neither seemed very concerned with my presence.  In my past experience they...
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San Mateo County: Wunderlich County Park
by sea2sky on Feb 21, 2009
Woodside, California, United States
8.7 miles
WHEN:  February 21, 2009   WHERE: Highway 84, two miles S.W. of the Town of Woodside Wunderlich County Park 4040 Woodside Road Woodside CA 94062   PARK HOURS: 8:00 am to dark   TRAIL: Parking lot -> Bear Gulch Trail -> Alambique Trail -> Skyline Trail -> Alambique Trial -> Parking lot   PARK HISTORY Wunderlich County Park comprises 942 acres of steep mixed forest and meadow land. It consists of three general areas: a lower area of boarding stables, riding facilities, and a horse...
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Cataract Waterfalls
by antonyw on Dec 27, 2010
Bolinas, California, United States
8.3 miles
The best trail in the SF Bay Area for waterfalls,  so many in fact that you get sick of photographing them ;-)Arrive early for parking at the trailhead, there's space for about 12 cars with more pullouts up the hill.  These pictures were taken a few days after some heavy rains in December, not sure how long they flow well after rains.  The trails seem to fare well after storms with the...

Reviews
steerwasher
Great place, wonderful food, Go Giants.
Visited on Mar 29, 2013

by steerwasher on Mar 29, 2013
philipsd6
I was here for business, but I loved walking around between the Wharf and the Moscone.
Visited on Sep 29, 2012

by philipsd6 on Nov 11, 2012
mochihead
This indeed is one of the most strenuous hike in the bay!
Visited on Aug 11, 2012

by mochihead on Feb 18, 2013
Achaetes
The hike we did in this area was in Briones Regional Park. We hiked right after the first rain of the season and that triggers a California newt migration. It was cool to see all the newts heading for the lagoons to mate. This hike had some great view of Mount Diablo too. It was also a dog friendly hike.
Visited on Jan 21, 2012

by Achaetes on Jan 24, 2012
Achaetes
The hike we did near here was Morgan Territory Regional Preserve. This was another East Bay Regional Park District hike. We used the route that prathmann tracked, although his GPS didn't capture the entire route. However we pretty much followed his sequence of trails: Trailhead -> Volvon -> Blue Oak -> Miwok -> Manzanita (there are some great thick manzanitas here and over most of the area) -> Valley View (this one doesn't have much of a valley view, but has a killer hill to climb) -> Volvon Loop -> Prairie Falcon (A nice change from the dirt road. This is a single track that has some really awesome views.) -> Condor -> Trailhead.
We really enjoyed the hike. There were a lot of cows grazing around the trail, but that made it all the more interesting. There's a restroom at the parking area, which is always good. On the way in, along Morgan Territory Road, we saw a coyote from the car and snapped a few pictures before he ran off. Then when were leaving we saw probably the same coyote and he was focused on catching a rodent, so we were able to get some better photos. Then a little further down the road we encountered some wild turkeys crossing the road.

Visited on Dec 09, 2011

by Achaetes on Dec 26, 2011
Achaetes
A beautiful, but foggy, hike. Very pretty forest scenery with some challenging climbs. We followed Trailspotting's Muir Woods and Tourist Club Loop around Mt Tamalpais, but actually took a wrong turn and ended up creating our own unique trip that was 8.5 miles long and took 4 hours. If you're planning on parking in the small lot across from the Mountain Home Inn, you should try to get there by 9:30 AM; there were only a few spots open when we got there.
Visited on Aug 27, 2011

by Achaetes on Sep 11, 2011
asciimo
I fondly remember the days when I would visit San Francisco twice a year. I never had enough time to experience enough of the Bay Area's magical qualities. But now that I live here, every day is magical. :D
Visited on Jul 17, 2011

by asciimo on Aug 06, 2011
ElRemaro
Great views on well groomed trails. Usually cool due to proximity to ocean. Often lots of people on the trails.
Visited on May 13, 2011

by ElRemaro on Mar 17, 2012
paddydehusker
everyone loves this place
Visited on May 04, 2011

by paddydehusker on Apr 16, 2014
ricerubberpolisher
once you go here you dont want to move
Visited on May 06, 2010

by ricerubberpolisher on Apr 16, 2014
ricerubberroll
great place.. pure awesomeness
Visited on Jul 04, 2009

by ricerubberroll on Apr 16, 2014
mp3us
I was there for family Vacation.. Nice Place
Visited on Apr 08, 2005

by mp3us on Mar 24, 2013

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