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A blog about Bay Area hiking…. mostly

Short hikes, Part II: Skyline Wilderness, Healdsburg Ridge

Continuing my recent blog posts on short-ish dayhikes around the North Bay, I had a chance to hit a couple more interesting spots in recent days. You too? Uh, why not? Healdsburg Ridge – I went here soon after it first became more publicly accessible a few years ago, and that was on a fairly hot spring day but right after a rainfall so I do remember the extreme muddy conditions. That wasn’t the case at all on a recent… Read More »

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 also somewhat of a model in its organizational structure. Basically, local folks created it, local folks run it, and local folks will decide its future. So when you hear about… Read More »

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 because I got free tickets and I vaguely remember the jousting, the beer and the people walking around talking to each other in medieval accents. Not really my scene. Anyway,… Read More »