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Where to find waterfalls on the North Coast

Near the headwaters of Redwood Creek in the hills west of Napa, Tom Devitt takes time out from surveying native salamanders to take in the splendors of the Devil's Well. (John Burgess/ PD File photo) With its abundance of public parkland and open space, the North Coast is [...]

By | February 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Hike of the week: Marin County’s Cataract Falls

Alexandra Faichi, Alexandra La and Sam Wakamatsu, part of the "nurses hiking club" take a break at one of the many waterfalls along the Cataract Creek Trail on the northern flank of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County. Chris Hatfield and Scott Wall are seen lower right. (John Burgess/ The [...]

By | February 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Hike of the week: Salt Point State Park Prairie Loop

A wide open grassland, Prarie Trail at Salt Point. (Janet Balicki/ The Press Democrat) Dramatic coastal views, crisp ocean air, mushroom dotted forest floors, windy sweep prairies and pygmy forests. Salt Point State Park has a lot to offer in its 6,000 acres, including 20 miles of hiking [...]

By | February 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Ride of the week: Joe Rodota Trail

Resting for a photo on the Joe Rodota Trail in Sebastopol. (Janet Balicki/ The Press Democrat) Fifteen years ago, I was a bicycle commuter in Seattle. My old pink Bianchi was decked out with black fenders and I wore rain gear to protect myself from the elements. Come [...]

By | January 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Santa Rosa’s Lake Ilsanjo

Rosanna Morse and her Arabian, Mystic , of Sebastopol , plod along the Lake Trail near Lake Ilsanjo, at Annadel State Park. (Kent Porter/ The Press Democrat, 2011) Dozens of hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and a few anglers took to the trails on the day after Christmas, [...]

By | January 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Gualala Point Regional Park to Sea Ranch

  Hikers on the Coastal Bluffs Trail (Photo by The Press Democrat) When The Sea Ranch was first developed along the Sonoma Coast in the 1970s, view spots along its 10-mile coastline were reserved for residents of the exclusive community. All that changed in 1981 when the California [...]

By | January 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Foothill Regional Park, a year-round favorite

    Foothill Regional Park is a year-round staple for hiking in my family. Of the 211 acres of former ranchland, 6.8 miles of trails are available to hike, run or bike. This time of year, a few golden and russet leaves cling to trees, and moss and lichen dapple [...]

By | December 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Hike off those holiday feasts on Calistoga’s Oat Hill Mine Trail

Intersection of Pallisades and Oat Hill Mine Trail Looking for a good day hike after Christmas to work off  those extra calories? Waddle on over to Napa County for a picturesque intermediate level adventure on the Oat Hill Mine Trail. The 8 to 10 mile trip will take [...]

By | November 19th, 2015|1 Comment

A Harvest Widow’s lament, finding the value of repetition

Rusty Bug at Riverfront Regional Park, Windsor. Trailhead, climbing up that hill. This fall, I have learned the value of consistency. As all harvest widows can relate, it is hard to carve out time for physical fitness, when you are juggling the responsibilities of home and [...]

By | September 21st, 2015|1 Comment

A Flashpacker’s Guide to Isla Bastimentos

Beach hike from Wizard Beach to Red Frog Beach. Sailing around the isles of Bocas del Toro, Panama; hiding from a light drizzle, Green Flash tours owner, Bryan Blaze described my travel companions and I as “flashpackers.” Backpackers, who are a little bit older, with more cash to [...]

By | July 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Trails for Taylor Campaign and Challenge Hike #4

Cows grazing at the summit of Taylor Mountain, CLICK ON ME TO SEE THE PANORAMIC.   In honor of the Sonoma County Regional Parks, "Trails for Taylor Campaign", Trailhead decided to hit Taylor Mountain this week. The 1,100-acre park includes 5 miles of trails with some of the [...]

By | July 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Trail Challenge Hike #2: Ragle Ranch Regional Park

  Bee pollinating a flower on Blackberry Trail. Sunday morning, after a quick stop at the Sebastopol Farmer's Market, Sylvester and I headed out to Ragle Ranch Regional Park for a trail run. The lexapro generic \ review online pharmacy \ Day of washes it hold leaving little [...]

By | July 21st, 2015|0 Comments