Where to find waterfalls on the North Coast

Near the headwaters of Redwood Creek in the hills west of Napa, Tom Devitt takes time out from surveying native salamanders to take in the splendors of the Devil's Well. (John Burgess/ PD File photo) With its abundance of public parkland and open space, the North Coast is [...]

By | February 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Hike of the week: Marin County’s Cataract Falls

Alexandra Faichi, Alexandra La and Sam Wakamatsu, part of the "nurses hiking club" take a break at one of the many waterfalls along the Cataract Creek Trail on the northern flank of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County. Chris Hatfield and Scott Wall are seen lower right. (John Burgess/ The [...]

By | February 17th, 2016|0 Comments

A 265-foot-high waterfall worth seeing

Recently, I checked out Wallace Falls, a series of nine waterfalls near Seattle.

By | June 21st, 2013|0 Comments

My tale of two hikes

The conventional wisdom for many Bay Area hikers is that when the summer heat arrives, although it's never that bad, the answer is to head for the coast and cooler spots. The downside is that you're not alone, or even close, as lots of people have the same [...]

By | August 8th, 2012|0 Comments

Alamere Falls and the beach

It was 70 and sunny and I was standing on the beach. Any hike that includes such a moment is a success in my book.

By | February 14th, 2011|1 Comment

Back to Alamere Falls

The first hike after a long layoff is always a bit daunting. Do you start with a quick neighborhood stroll, or a lap around a lake, or do you dive in to something vigorous and accept that it'll be painful and rough?

By | July 19th, 2010|2 Comments

Indian paintbrush in the Palisades

Bright colors, bright stories and knee-testing rocks. A pre-Easter jaunt....

By | April 4th, 2010|2 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

Slipping and sliding at Alamere Falls

When the setting for a hike is speckled with brilliant orange, yellow, red and purple flowers, and the sun forces me to discard my sweatshirt and even consider sunscreen, I'm calling it....

By | March 15th, 2010|0 Comments

Raining on our parades

Of all the places I've lived, this one has the most interesting responses to rain. For many......

By | March 3rd, 2010|0 Comments

Heading upstream at Cataract Falls

Like the mailman, I was going to be outside this weekend, no matter the elements. After surviving a dental emergency last week along with some pressing work issues, my head was in need of fresh air by the time

By | January 18th, 2010|0 Comments