Dogs, hikes, trees, and miscellany

Monday's snow aside (yes, Virginia, it did snow in Sonoma County), the hiking trails around the North Bay are getting crowded these days. No surprise, given the early mustard blooms and other things starting to come to life. In contrast from some of my mega-hikes of recent years, I'm doing [...]

By | February 20th, 2013|2 Comments

On the western side of Napa

Looking for an easily accessible urban park with a great view of Napa? That would be Westwood Hills Park, a very small diamond in the rough that rests on the far western edge of town. It includes a short, but semi-steep, trail up to a ridge-line route where [...]

By | January 2nd, 2013|0 Comments

Napa’s people-powered park

  A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of exploring Napa's Skyline Wilderness Park, a true diamond in plain sight that often gets overlooked. It was a terrific hike full of wildflowers and great views. Turns out it's a fascinating park based on its geology and terrain, and [...]

By | October 20th, 2011|0 Comments

A river ran through it

With rain dampening everything last week, it looked like the chance to do much hiking this past weekend would be a washout. But I was hopeful that I would get a chance to use some of my hardly-used rain gear out in the woods somewhere. So I was really heartened [...]

By | March 28th, 2011|0 Comments

How to fall down a hill gracefully

Sad to say, one minute I was inching down a bank, the next I was a-tumblin' down.

By | March 29th, 2010|5 Comments

Serenaded by the Rock of Ages

PA030251One of the many wonderful things about these hikes around the Bay Area is the chance to get an education each time out on some obscure...

By | October 8th, 2009|2 Comments

Poison oak? Whatever.

Skyline Wilderness Park, Napa Back in Napa. This time it was a park on what seemed like the outskirts of the actual town. It was next to some fairgrounds area where it looked like a Renaissance Festival of some sort was occurring. I went to one of those years ago [...]

By | April 4th, 2009|0 Comments

Only two people got lost

Zim Zim Falls, Knoxville State Ranch Wildlife Area, Knoxille, Napa County Quite a day. There's a 100-foot-tall waterfall that's the central attraction of this hike but just getting to it was a challenge. We could see it from a ridge but there was no clear way to get to it. [...]

By | January 24th, 2009|2 Comments

A wine-less day in Napa

Cold Canyon Trail, Lake Berryessa, Napa I'm in Napa! First time. Well, not the fancy wine-swirling town but a big lake in Napa County. Looks a lot like some of the lakes and hills around the Southeast. A difficult hike - not overly long, maybe 4-5 miles or so - [...]

By | November 23rd, 2008|0 Comments