Mission Peak, one of the most popular East Bay hikes, is a great
workout with 2,000 feet of climb in two miles and spectacular views of
San Francisco Bay and the Diablo Range once you reach the summit. Most
hikers take the so-called Hidden Valley Trail to the summit, but there is a far more
rewarding path to the top along the Horse Heaven Trail.
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.
Along the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Castle Rock State Park embraces coast redwood, Douglas-fir, and madrone forest, most of which has been left in its wild, natural state. Steep canyons... more