Seth and I love to get out and explore during the weekends – and of course give Bayla a chance to be free and roam around. We typically have activities planned in the evening so we like to get easy hikes & sightseeing in the morning. One of the great things about the Bay area, there are so many great hiking options – beach trails, marshlands, open space preserves, mountains, foothills – you name, it is here!
Just south of San Jose – we took the Dutch Flat Trail to the scenic overlook. Beautiful views of Silicon Valley and beyond.
Located west of Saratoga in the Santa Cruz mountains – this spot is one not to miss! It has tons of Douglas-fir, and madrone forests intertwined with sandstone rock formations. Just amazing!
We hiked to Hunter’s Point, a 3 mile loop through woods and grasslands and sweepings views of Silicon Valley at the top!
4. Coyote Ridge
This is an area of protected land between the Santa Cruz mountains and Sierra Nevada mountains near Anderson Lake. It is a major wildlife corridor, and home to the bay checkerspot butterfly and abundant amounts of wildflowers. My coworkers and I received a docent led hike from Santa Clara Open Space Authority and it was such a treat to see this stunning land.
A easy hike in the gorgeous Marin Headlands with breathtaking views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the Pacific Ocean. This peak is a few back from the main attraction of Battery Spencer, and is a hidden gem from the tourists. Seth and I were all alone on the mountain top just taking in the views. Bring layers – the hike up gets steep but the wind at the top is seriously fierce!
The Bay area is FULL of hiking options, anyone out there know of some really great spots?