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A blog about Bay Area hiking…. mostly

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 Preserve. Our hike covered yet another day-hike segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, my personal Holy Grail of area hiking, I suppose. This was to be an 11-mile loop… Read More »

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. I have heard of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, that 330-mile-plus large looping network of trails around the Bay Area that I’ve now hiked more than 100 miles of, and… 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 »

Exploring the Riddell nature preserve

Following the heels of the recent good news about trails at the Montini Ranch property and the transfer into public hands of Mount Konocti comes this nugget. The Riddell nature preserve, about 400 acres of land west of Healdsburg, will now get some attention from LandPaths, the non-profit group that has owned the property since 2007. According to this Press Democrat story, the group will develop some campsites and docent-led tours, now that some easement issues with the county’s open… Read More »