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

Help build and improve the Ridge Trail

This Saturday is the fifth year that friends of the Bay Area Ridge Trail are doing a service day to help clear trails and do other outdoor work that is needed on the 340-plus miles of trails that loop around the entire Bay Area. There are park segments in Sonoma [...]

By | November 1st, 2012|1 Comment

Zig-zagging on Mount Tam

[imagebrowser id=73] It's hard to miss Mount Tam on any hike in the North Bay. Even if you're not on it, it's one of the better landmarks to spot in the distance. "Oh look, isn't that Mount Tam?" is pretty much a line I've heard on any scenic hilly hike [...]

By | October 17th, 2012|0 Comments

Carquinez, Crockett and a bridge

[imagebrowser id=71] 'Walking the buy levitra online bridge' around here generally means traversing the Golden Gate. It’s where the crowds are, but it also provides dramatic views, gale-force winds and a sense of history. There’s always something to see, whether in people-watching or out on the bay or toward the [...]

By | August 17th, 2012|0 Comments

Dogbone Meadow to the Big Tree

There are actually several big trees, redwoods in fact, along the Big Trees trail. It's part of the impressive, and incredibly underrated, ridge lines that go behind and through Novato's western neighborhoods. But there is a big tree too, right at the top as you head up into Indian Tree [...]

By | February 1st, 2012|0 Comments

Some tough climbing in Lucas Valley

Having hiked more than 150 miles of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, I wouldn't have predicted that one of the toughest parts would be just outside San Rafael in the hills of Marin County. But it is what it is. Last weekend, I hiked about 13.5 miles on several Marin [...]

By | January 11th, 2012|0 Comments

Falling back into the hiking routine

It's been a busy few months for me (go figure!), so my regular http://cialisgeneric-treated.com/ rhapsodic schedule of long all-day hiking outings has been interrupted. But I've managed to do a bunch of short hikes recently, squeezing in a quickie here and there when time permits. Or even when [...]

By | November 9th, 2011|0 Comments

Coastal redwoods in Oakland

Just east of Oakland, the hills rise up over the East Bay and along those hills are a string of regional parks, many of which link up into something called the East Bay Skyline Trail. I have to admit that I had never heard of this trail, but that's insignificant. [...]

By | August 15th, 2011|0 Comments

On the Ridge Trail inside Annadel

I've hiked and biked in Annadel several times but most trips have revolved around the same few trails, all leading to or around Lake Ilsanjo. And why not? It's a beautiful body of water, whether for fishing or swimming and it provides a nice resting post. Last weekend's [...]

By | June 14th, 2011|1 Comment

A moment of Zen on route to Pirates Cove

There’s something about hiking quietly that brings a different feel to the experience. Our group was headed into the Marin Headlands on Sunday, one of my very favorite coastal areas for a lot of reasons.

By | October 4th, 2010|2 Comments

Baring it all at Lake Del Valle

Usually when I start a hike on a beach and end on a beach, it involves the ocean. Occasionally though, the beach is a little diamond in the rough, which was the case last weekend.

By | September 22nd, 2010|0 Comments

On the Ridge Trail at Muir Beach

I've had the good fortune to start chipping away at the 320 or so miles of the trail in some very pleasant and vigorous 10-mile stretches on recent weekends.

By | August 23rd, 2010|3 Comments