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A blog about Bay Area hiking…. mostly

Where to find waterfalls on the North Coast

With its abundance of public parkland and open space, the North Coast is too full of gushing streams and cascading creek flows to mention them all, but a short list would include Sonoma Creek Falls in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park; Alamere Falls in the Point Reyes National Seashore; the Fern Canyon falls in Russian Gulch State Park; and Chamberlain Creek Falls in the Jackson State Demonstration Forest. The Mount Tamalpais Watershed boasts several well-known waterfalls, including Carson Falls and Cataract… Read More »

My tale of two hikes

The conventional wisdom for many Bay Area hikers is that when the summer heat arrives, although it’s never that bad, the answer is to head for the coast and cooler spots. The downside is that you’re not alone, or even close, as lots of people have the same idea and once-isolated trails quickly clog up. But sometimes that wisdom is upside-down, hence in recent weeks my cool hike was pretty heated, and my too-hot hike was nice and brisk. In… Read More »

A hiker, not a lover?

Alamere Falls, near Bolinas Same route as one I did a few months ago, but that was summer-like and now it’s into winter, so the view and terrain were slightly different. Plus, in the hiking group I’ve joined up with, there are lots of people involved so some can make some hikes and others can’t, so I’ve learned that the same route may be done occasionally. OK w/me. I liked the trail the last time – especially scaling down the… Read More »

I meet the Pacific Ocean

Palomarin Trailhead, Hike to Alamere Falls, outside Bolinas ¬† Was away last weekend and couldn’t hike but came back in time for this one. Turned out to a triptych-type of hike, I suppose. This is part of the Point Reyes National Seashore. I had come to Point Reyes years ago on a trip to SF with some buddies and I had forgotten about it until this hike. I think we had gone to the lighthouse on that trip. Or maybe… Read More »