As the headline suggests, I’m in need of suggestions of where to hike on New Year’s Day. Some of the suggestions will appear in a column to be published next week in the newspaper (aka, the non-digital edition of this thing you’re reading). Feel free to leave some ideas here in the comments, or email me, if that’s more your speed.

I’ll be hiking on New Year’s Day somewhere on the other side of the globe, but otherwise, I’m sure I’d be out somewhere ringing in the new year with a tough trek.

From a reader:

“Anyway, a true classic local hike for New Years would be to hike to the top of Mt. St. Helena at the north end of the Napa Valley. Park in the Robt. Lewis Stevenson parking lot at the saddle of the summit on Highway 29 and just head uphill to the west. Not a technical hike, but you will meet lots of folks and feel like you are standing on top of world when you get there. Champagne in the water bottles is optional, but pretty typical.” — Dennis R.

From a reader:

“1) There are too many to suggest. If you haven’t seen just look at the numerous hikes of all kinds within 1 hr of Sonoma County.

Pt. Reyes National Seashore: (all spectacular)

2) If weather permits Tomales point (4 miles to the pt from end of the road; 8 miles round trip).

3) Coast Camp loop from the hostel over the hill and back

4) Alamere Falls (7 miles round trip from the south entrance).


Annadel: Numerous hikes up to the reservoir and return

Kortum Trail (Sonoma Coast State beach).” – Mike A.