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Best Bay Area Backpacking

Take your pick: Point Reyes, Skyline to the Sea Trail, Angel Island, Henry Coe State Park, Ohlone Wilderness

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Difficulty: Difficult
Length: 122 miles / 196 km
Duration: Multiple days
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Overview: Wake to the sound of the Pacific pounding the Northern California coastline. Fall asleep in a grove of thousand-year-old redwoods. Join the lucky few who can see San Francisco's shimmering skyline from the middle of the bay.

The hikes won't be easy -- nothing's easy with 25 to 40 pounds of food and survival supplies strapped on your back -- but the experiences far outweigh the strain.

Everytrail Guides profile five of the best sites to launch an overnight outing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each proves you don't have to drive to far-flung backcountry trailheads to enjoy a night out in the woods.


Tips: Almost all campsites in the Bay Area require reservations, often months in advance for weekend nights. Henry Coe State Park southeast of San Jose is the lone exception.

When to go: Springtime is the best, though also the most crowded. Autumn is nice, though the streams will be dry and make water harder to find. Winter will be rainy and muddy, but uncrowded. Summer is too hot in the East and South Bay, but tolerable in the redwoods and mild (though foggy) along the coast.

Speaking of water: Bring purification supplies -- filters or chemical purifiers.

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Backpacking at Angel Island
Backpacking at Angel Island
Tiburon, California, United States
 
Moderate: 6.0 miles, Multiple days
Camping in the middle of San Francisco Bay offers a window on the region's wonders after dark.
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Backpacking at Henry Coe State Park
Backpacking at Henry Coe State Park
Morgan Hill, California, United States
 
Difficult: 41 miles, Multiple days
The Bay Area's widest array of backpacking options await in the wild hills southeast of San Jose.
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Backpacking at Point Reyes National Seashore
Backpacking at Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes National Seashore, California, United States
 
Sampling Northern California's spectacular coastline on an overnight camp-out.
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Ohlone Wilderness Trail
Ohlone Wilderness Trail
Livermore, California, United States
 
Difficult: 29 miles, Multiple days
Rugged but rewarding trek is best way to see East Bay backcountry
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Skyline to the Sea Trail
Skyline to the Sea Trail
Los Gatos, California, United States
 
Difficult: 29 miles, Multiple days
3-day hike showcases best of the Santa Cruz Mountains
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