Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area: A Guide to the Bay Area's Greatest Hiking Adventures

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This volume features more than 40 of the Bay Area's greatest hikes, with detailed descriptions and superb maps for each trail. Each chapter also includes an elevation profile, difficulty rating, trail contacts, and much more. This is the best hiking guide available to the San Francisco Bay area.

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Overview

This volume features more than 40 of the Bay Area's greatest hikes, with detailed descriptions and superb maps for each trail. Each chapter also includes an elevation profile, difficulty rating, trail contacts, and much more. This is the best hiking guide available to the San Francisco Bay area.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762712069
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Falcon Hiking Guide Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

After nine years of teaching high school English, drama, and college composition, and with an MA in English under her belt, Linda Hamilton set out to achieve the daunting goal of writing for a living. Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Heritage of Invention and Technology Magazine, MyFamily Travel newsletters, Americaslibrary.gov, and many online business sites. She resides with her husband Doug in their Oakland home.

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Table of Contents

Preface vi
Map Legend viii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
How to Use This Guide 4
Getting around San Francisco 6
Point Reyes
1. Mount Wittenberg and Bear Valley Loop 12
2. Point Reyes National Seashore: Tomales Point 18
3. Point Reyes National Seashore: Lighthouse and Chimney Rock Trails 24
4. Point Reyes National Seashore: Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls 30
5. Tomales Bay State Park: Heart's Desire Beach to Shell Beach 36
6. Samuel P. Taylor State Park: To the Top of Barnabe Peak 42
Honorable Mentions
A. Point Reyes National Seashore: Inverness Ridge 47
B. Point Reyes on Rainy Days 47
Mount Tamalpais and Its Foothills
7. Muir Woods: Bootjack Trail to Dipsea Trail Loop 50
8. Phoenix Reservoir: Tucker and Bill Williams Trails 57
9. Steep Ravine Loop to Stinson Beach 62
10. East Peak Loop 68
11. Marin Headlands: Miwok Trail to Point Bonita 75
12. Marin Municipal Water District: Kent Trail along Alpine Lake 83
13. Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve 88
14. Ring Mountain 94
Honorable Mention
C. Cataract Trail 100
San Francisco and the Bay
15. Angel Island State Park 102
16. Cliff House Walk at Land's End 108
17. Sweeney Ridge: The Portola Discovery Site 115
18. The Presidio: Lovers' Lane and the Ecology Trail 120
19. San Bruno State Park: Summit Loop Trail 127
Honorable Mention
D. Golden Gate Park 133
San Mateo County Coastline
20. Pescadero Marsh Trail 136
21. Butano State Park 143
22. Ano Nuevo State Park 150
23. McNee Ranch State Park and Montara State Beach 156
24. James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve: The Tide Pool Loop 162
25. San Pedro Valley County Park 170
The Northern Santa Cruz Mountains
26. Big Basin State Park: Berry Creek Falls Trail Loop 178
27. Castle Rock State Park 185
28. Portola Redwoods State Park 191
29. Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve 196
Honorable Mentions
E. Huddart County Park and Phleger Estate 202
F. Wunderlich County Park 203
G. Windy Hill Open Space Preserve 203
H. Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve 204
I. Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve 204
J. Monte Bello Open Space Preserve 204
K. Upper Stevens Creek County Park 205
L. Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve and County Park 205
M. Long Ridge Open Space Preserve 206
N. Pescadero Creek County Park 206
Mount Diablo and Las Trampas Foothills
30. Las Trampas Regional Wilderness 210
31. Donner Canyon to the Falls Trail 216
32. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve 223
33. Rock City to the Summit 230
Honorable Mention
O. Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: The Eugene O'Neill Loop 239
Three Ridges: San Pablo, the Oakland/Berkeley Hills, and Sunol Ridge
34. Briones Regional Park 243
35. Redwood Regional Park: East to West Ridge Trails 250
36. Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve 256
37. Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve 261
38. Sunol Regional Wilderness 270
39. Tilden Regional Park: From Jewel Lake to Wildcat Peak 277
40. Anthony Chabot Regional Park 285
Honorable Mentions
P. Tilden Regional Park--Greater Tilden 292
Q. Briones Reservoir 292
R. Mission Peak Regional Preserve 293
S. Coyote Hills Regional Park 294
The Art of Hiking 295
Appendix A Hiking Clubs 314
Appendix B Hike Finder 321
About the Author 325
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2005

    Frazzled

    Entails way too much driving. The trail selections are spread all over the place. Muir Woods wasn't very challenging, overcrowded with tourists and impossible to find parking. I should have flipped through it at the bookstore before buying it here.

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