A lone hiker makes her way up the climb north of Shell Beach. I can't say that I know how Blind Beach got its name (although I suspect it's not that big or interesting of a mystery), but Goat Rock Beach is clear enough as the massive [...]
It gets overlooked by Point Reyes, but a terrific coastal-view hike right here in our backyard is the trek up and down into Pomo Canyon. Having not been out there in a while, I took advantage of a brilliantly sunny and warm day to head to the beach. Park at [...]
[imagebrowser id=83] It was 95 degrees last weekend at home so a coastal trip seemed like a good idea. With not a lot of time but a desire to be cool and see the open water, I went to Bodega Head. Hadn't been there in years and figured it would [...]
[imagebrowser id=82] After approximately 200 hikes in the past four years, I get very excited at the prospect of a new one, especially one right here in Sonoma County. Sometimes a new hike can be a combination of some well-known hikes stitched together a different way, or can include a [...]
Years ago, someone told me that one of the best short hikes in Sonoma County was the trek to Pomo Canyon. I had forgotten about that insight until this past weekend when I ventured there for the first time. That person, and I can't remember the source (sorry!), wasn't kidding. [...]
For many people, New Year’s Day is time to start on a resolution, or embrace some superstition or tradition. Black-eyed peas, anyone? For me, it’s a chance to take a hike. After whatever occurred, or didn’t occur, the big night before, a brisk walk on the first day of the [...]
My coastal hikes have usually revolved around Point Reyes, the Marin Headlands, or even points in the South Bay or East Bay. Little time has been spent right here in Sonoma County.
Back in 2005, when a 3,373-acre patch of land near the Sonoma Coast came into public ownership, it was envisioned that it would one day be part of the state parks system. That made sense as the land - known as Willow Creek - was adjacent to Sonoma Coast State [...]
Six months ago, when the state first proposed closing several hundred state parks to help with the cataclysmic budget problems here, there was disbelief in some quarters and apathy in others. It was one of several harsh budget measures that were thrown against...