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A blog about Bay Area hiking…. mostly

Whether or not to hike alone

Reading how a 13-year-old shouted away a nearby mountain lion at a regional park in Glen Ellen┬áthis week reminded me yet again why hiking alone is not always the smartest choice. Another reminder came a couple of weeks ago when I was about to pull into a trailhead in northern California at Whiskeytown Lake and saw a few bear cubs scurry across the road directly to where I was about to hike. If I had been with a big group,… Read More »

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 around here. But it’s a treat to hike on the mountain itself of course. Tam, or Tamalpais, which is Miwok for ‘coastal mountain’ has literally hundreds of possible hikes, some… Read More »

Steep Ravine from and to Stinson Beach

[imagebrowser id=67] Now is a great time to do that trail trifecta that starts and ends at Stinson Beach. Judging from the crowds on two of the trails, you – or someone you know – has likely done it. Of course I’m referring to the loop of Steep Ravine, Dipsea and Matt Davis trails. I’ve done it a few times, always starting on Matt Davis, doing the long, difficult uphill first – maybe 3-4 miles worth of serious climbing –… Read More »