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A blog about Bay Area hiking…. mostly

Which national parks get the most visitors each year?

So the Golden Gate National Recreation Area was the most-visited part of the National Park Service last year. It attracted more than 14 million people. No idea how that number came about as whenever I hike there, I never check in, but maybe cars are counted and other measurements are taken. In any case, when I see a news report with a claim like that, I sometimes put on my old reporter’s hat (yes, I was a reporter long ago….)… Read More »

Fog on and off at Tomales Point in Point Reyes

[imagebrowser id=85] Why is hiking through fog so captivating? For me, I wonder what’s ahead, even if it’s a trail I’ve been on many times. I also know that as my elevation and terrain changes, I may literally rise into and out of the mist. The coolness and moisture in the air are invigorating too. I haven’t hiked yet in England or Ireland but I do plan to someday, and I picture those places as being fog-shrouded moors and hillsides.… Read More »

Volunteer at Lake Sonoma, Point Reyes

[singlepic id=807 w=520 h=440 float=center]   With the 20th anniversary this year of National Public Lands Day, there are two local places this weekend to be part of the nation’s largest one-day parks volunteer day. Lake Sonoma: Saturday, Sept. 28, Clean 50 miles of Lake Sonoma shoreline, clear trailheads of debris and remove invasive species on trails Click here for more info. Point Reyes: Sunday, Sept. 29, help protect and restore endangered plant and wildlife habitat at Abbott’s Lagoon, the Lighthouse Bluffs,… Read More »

Arch Rock at Point Reyes

[imagebrowser id=47] Here comes the annual spate of trips to Point Reyes and elsewhere along the coast, following the plan of finding good hikes that are don’t leave me dripping with sweat. I’ll be back in my usual haunts and the challenging peaks of Mount Diablo and Calistoga in the winter, but now it’s time to transition to cooler spots. I was with a relative hiking newcomer this weekend who hadn’t experienced much of Point Reyes. Where to start? The… Read More »

Spring hikes a-plenty

Yes, ignore the calendar, it’s time for spring hikes. And around Wine Country, there are plenty of scenic opportunities to find a trail, even if you’re not into the back-breaking 15-mile rugged ones (hey, they’re not that bad!)  and just want a pleasant diversion from wine tasting or other weekend exploits. Here’s a good update from the PD’s informative Entertainment site on four different ones that are happening over the next few months, from Spring Lake to Point Reyes to the… Read More »

What’s your favorite Point Reyes hike?

For me, Point Reyes is the equivalent of my favorite neighborhood restaurant. It has the traditional standouts that I know will be satisfying, but if I talk to the chef a bit, or wander around on the menu, it’s usually a happy outcome as well. I go there every few months and decide at the time whether to take a familiar path or try something new. Last weekend at Point Reyes National Seashore, with the weather forecast iffy, I had… Read More »

An uncrowded beach hike

Starting a hike on a beach is a treat because it allows you to discard your shoes, wriggle your toes in the sand and even walk in the edge of the surf as it laps the shore. On a recent hike that started on Limantour Beach at Point Reyes, we had the beach virtually to ourselves. It’s one of my favorite beaches because the cliffs are set back enough that there’s a wide expanse of sand. Good for gatherings, beach… Read More »