Top Trails San Francisco Bay Area: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone

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Longtime San Francisco residents and intrepid hikers David Weintraub and Ben Pease have selected 44 “must-do” trips for hiking, running, and bicycling. Trails range from easy strolls to all-day treks, from 2 to 12 miles, covering the most scenic parks and preserves between Santa Rosa and San Jose. The second edition features new hikes in Muir Woods and the Presidio, more elevation profiles, and at-a-glance information helps you find the best wildflowers, fall color, bird-watching, camping, historic sites, and ...
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Longtime San Francisco residents and intrepid hikers David Weintraub and Ben Pease have selected 44 “must-do” trips for hiking, running, and bicycling. Trails range from easy strolls to all-day treks, from 2 to 12 miles, covering the most scenic parks and preserves between Santa Rosa and San Jose. The second edition features new hikes in Muir Woods and the Presidio, more elevation profiles, and at-a-glance information helps you find the best wildflowers, fall color, bird-watching, camping, historic sites, and cool hikes for hot days.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899974842
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 329
  • Sales rank: 780,383
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

San Francisco Bay Area Map iv

San Francisco Bay Area Trails Table vi

Using Top Trails xv

Organization of Top Trails xv

Choosing a Trail xviii

Introduction to the San Francisco Bay Area 1

Geography 1

Flora 2

Sudden Oak Death 4

Fauna 5

Seasons 6

Trail Selection 7

Key Features 8

Multiple Uses 8

Trail Safety 9

Note from the Authors 10

On the Trail 11

Have a Plan 11

Carry the Essentials 12

Useful but Less Than Essential 13

Trail Etiquette 14

Chapter 1 North Bay 17

1 Marin Headlands: Gerbode Valley 27

2 Muir Woods National Monument: Dipsea Trail 33

3 Mount Tamalpais: High Marsh Loop 39

4 Mount Tamalpais: Middle Peak 47

5 Pine Mountain 53

6 Samuel P. Taylor State Park: Barnabe Mountain 57

7 Point Reyes National Seashore: Sky Trail 61

8 China Camp State Park: Bay View-Shoreline Loop 67

9 Mt. Burdell Open Space Preserve 73

10 Mount St. Helena 79

11 Annadel State Park: Lake Ilsanjo 85

12 Jack London State Historic Park 91

13 Sugarloaf Ridge State Park: Bald Mountain 97

14 Skyline Wilderness Park: Sugarloaf Mountain 101

Chapter 2 East Bay 107

15 Wildcat Canyon Regional Park: San Pablo Ridge 117

16 Tilden Regional Park: Wildcat Peak 123

17 Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve: Round Top Loop 129

18 Redwood Regional Park: East Ridge 135

19 Briones Regional Park: Briones Crest 141

20 Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve: Stewartville Loop 147

21 Mount Diablo State Park: Grand Loop 155

22 Morgan Territory Regional Preserve: Bob Walker Ridge 163

23 Coyote Hills Regional Park: Red Hill 169

24 Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park: High RidgeLoop 173

25 Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park 179

26 Sunol Regional Wilderness: Maguire Peaks 185

27 Mission Peak Regional Preserve: Mission Peak 191

Chapter 3 South Bay 197

28 Ed R. Levin County Park 205

29 Joseph D. Grant County Park 211

30 Henry W. Coe State Park 215

31 Almaden Quicksilver County Park 221

32 Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve: Limekiln-Priest Rock Loop 227

33 Fremont Older Open Space Preserve 233

Chapter 4 Peninsula 239

34 Monte Bello Open Space Preserve 249

35 Long Ridge Open Space Preserve 257

36 Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve 261

37 Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve 267

38 Windy Hill Open Space Preserve 273

39 El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve 279

40 Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve 283

41 Kings Mountain 289

42 Montara Mountain 295

43 San Bruno Mountain State and County Park 301

44 Presidio of San Francisco 305

Appendixes 313

Top-Rated Trails 313

Governing Agencies 314

Outfitters 316

Internet Resources 318

Useful Books 319

Maps 321

Index 325

Authors and Series Creator 330

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