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A blog about Bay Area hiking…. mostly

Start 2012 with a hike. Please.

For many people, New Year’s Day is time to start on a resolution, or embrace some superstition or tradition. Black-eyed peas, anyone? For me, it’s a chance to take a hike. After whatever occurred, or didn’t occur, the big night before, a brisk walk on the first day of the year feels right. And unlike most of the country, it usually can be done in fairly moderate weather rather than in frigid conditions. The last few years, I’ve sprinkled my… Read More »

Cool hike under the redwoods

It’s always cool under the redwoods. Remember that on those days when the temperature has soared to stratospheric levels. And a cool spot for a hike that will provide a bit of a workout and a chance to wander among the tall trees is Armstrong Woods State Reserve, located in western Sonoma County a few miles north of Guerneville near the Russian River. The state reserve is one of the few places in the area that hasn’t been hit with… Read More »