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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

New Year, new hikes, new blogger

The Inglenook Fen-Ten Mile Dunes Natural Preserve. I am a fan of healthy New Year celebrations, hiking through the Redwoods, cross-country skiing in the Adirondacks, sweating out holiday cheer in a Bikram yoga class. This year we headed up to Mendocino County to explore the headlands and check [...]

By | January 15th, 2015|0 Comments

No more Trailhead

After six years of blog posts and more than 100 hikes around the North Bay, the Trailhead blog is over. I'm moving out of the area so my hiking will now happen somewhere else, but it was fun to so actively explore the hills, mountains, trails, streams and open spaces [...]

By | November 21st, 2014|2 Comments

A foggy coolness at Bodega Head, of course

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By | October 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Hiking from beach to beach along the Sonoma Coast

  A lone hiker makes her way up the climb north of Shell Beach. I can't say that I know how Blind Beach got its name (although I suspect it's not that big or interesting of a mystery), but Goat Rock Beach is clear enough as the massive [...]

By | August 5th, 2014|0 Comments

Fog and wildflowers and Pomo Canyon

It gets overlooked by Point Reyes, but a terrific coastal-view hike right here in our backyard is the trek up and down into Pomo Canyon. Having not been out there in a while, I took advantage of a brilliantly sunny and warm day to head to the beach. Park at [...]

By | April 26th, 2014|0 Comments

The great climb and views in Lucas Valley

The single best moment of last weekend's hike came as I hit the Big Ridge at the top of the trail. I had finished a series of long, pensive switchbacks when I emerged into a clearing and could see the entire world. Well, at least the San Francisco skyline, several [...]

By | April 3rd, 2014|3 Comments

Finding quiet and noise at Tubbs Island

Sometimes, the solitude of a place can be unexpected. On my first visit to the Lower Tubbs Island Trail, I was curious about how a wildlife refuge can exist there. For one, the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge is bordered by two major roadways, a large water body and [...]

By | March 25th, 2014|0 Comments

Fog on and off at Tomales Point in Point Reyes

[imagebrowser id=85] Why is hiking through fog so captivating? For me, I wonder what's ahead, even if it's a trail I've been on many times. I also know that as my elevation and terrain changes, I may literally rise into and out of the mist. The coolness and moisture in [...]

By | February 25th, 2014|0 Comments

Wintertime at Lake Sonoma

[imagebrowser id=84] The last time I tried to go out to Lake Sonoma, the place was hostage to the federal government shutdown and it was locked up. Not that the trails weren't generally accessible but the whole place had the feel of an abandoned ghost town. The shutdown effects still [...]

By | February 21st, 2014|0 Comments

Dry and dusty atop Bald Mountain

Since rain seems imminent here for the first time in a few years (or so they say...), I'm posting a blog about an extremely dry hike that highlighted the drought we're experiencing. Consider it a rain dance of sorts. The destination was the 2,729-feet-high summit of Bald Mountain, one of [...]

By | January 28th, 2014|0 Comments

Marking the Full Beaver Moon

If you haven’t done a moonlight hike recently (or ever), this weekend offers a chance to bask in a Full Beaver Moon. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the November full moon, also called a Full Frost Moon, or a Frosty Moon, is an opportune time to set [...]

By | November 14th, 2013|0 Comments