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Gems in Bay Area - 29

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gem Favorite Flying over the Golden Gate.

Golden Gate Bridge

(48) Sausalito, CA
gem Favorite Tall trees

Cathedral Grove

(29) Mill Va…, CA
gem Favorite Atop Alamere Falls

Alamere Falls

(24) Bolinas, CA
gem Favorite Muir Woods

Bohemian Grove

(23) Mill Va…, CA
gem Favorite San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge

Battery Spencer

(18) Sausalito, CA
gem Favorite The only remnants fo the Post Exchange and Officers' Club

Alcatraz Island

(22) San Fra…, CA
gem Favorite Another view of Point Reyes Lighthouse

Point Reyes Lighthouse

(21) Inverness, CA
gem Favorite Sunset view from Vista Hill

Vista Hill

(1) Los Alt…, CA
gem Favorite The very top! You can see all the way from San Francisco to San Jose.

View of San Francisco Bay

(1) Ladera, CA
gem Favorite Tule elk male, Tule Elk Reserve, Tomales Bay

Pierce Point Ranch and Tule Elk Preserve

(13) Inverness, CA
gem Favorite Loma Prieta (3,790 ft.) the highest peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains is on the right. Seen looking southwest when winding along on the Bald Peaks Trail ridge top. Pretty wildflowers all along the trail.

Bald Peaks Viewpoint

(1) Almaden…, CA
gem Favorite Looking down the trail to Mile Rock Beach

Mile Rock Viewpoint

(7) San Fra…, CA
gem Favorite Another view of the lighthouse bridge

Point Bonita Lighthouse

(8) Tamalpa…, CA
gem Favorite While in Santa Teresa County Park, be sure to check out the restored old Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch House.

Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch

(5) Almaden…, CA
gem Favorite Beautiful for sunsets

Sutro Baths

(16) San Fra…, CA
gem Favorite The Valley of the Heart's Delight (AKA San Jose and its countryside) offers a beautiful scene from the summit of Bald Mountain.

Bald Mountain Viewpoint

(7) Almaden…, CA
gem Favorite The Golden Gate Bridge shrouded in fog.

Hawk Hill

(7) Sausalito, CA
gem Favorite A cool sculpture on Chrissy Field.

Crissy Field

(8) San Fra…, CA
gem Favorite California popies on the Earthquake Trail

Earthquake Trail

(3) Lagunit…, CA
gem Favorite Rodeo Beach.

Rodeo Beach

(9) Tamalpa…, CA
gem Favorite Marshland

Limantour Beach

(4) Inverness, CA
gem Favorite Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Baker

Fort Baker

(6) Sausalito, CA
gem Favorite Looking towards Pedro Point Headlands. The grade line for a train that went around the headlands is still visible. The route was quickly abandoned because the land is too unstable to be maintained.

San Pedro Rock

(2) Pacifica, CA
gem Favorite Grey Whale Cove, rocks and waves

Gray Whale Cove State Beach

(1) Montara, CA
gem Favorite Under the Golden Gate, near Hopper's Hands.

Hopper's Hands

(1) Sausalito, CA
gem Favorite Swing on the Giant Eucalyptus Tree.

Big Swing on a Giant Eucalyptus

(4) Inverness, CA
gem Favorite Scenic walk along Bass Lake.

Bass Lake

(3) Bolinas, CA
gem Favorite That's the goal!

Kent Lake

(2) Lagunit…, CA
gem Favorite Enjoying Ocean Beach on a rare, sunny day.

Ocean Beach

(4) San Fra…, CA

Recommended Routes in Bay Area - 124

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Favorite Tule elk male, Tule Elk Reserve, Tomales Bay
Intermediate

Tomales Point Trail

9.8 mi 15.7 km 996' Up 303.54 m Up 996' Down 303.53 m Down

Inverness, CA
Favorite Bolinas and the Pacific Ocean, Farralon Islands in sunset. From Bare Knoll off of Matt Davis Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Steep Ravine - Matt Davis Loop

7.1 mi 11.4 km 1,556' Up 474.2 m Up 1,589' Down 484.37 m Down

Bolinas, CA
Favorite The Golden Gate Bridge is on display from the Coastal Trail.
Intermediate

Coastal Trail: Lands End

2.9 mi 4.6 km 192' Up 58.44 m Up 192' Down 58.4 m Down

San Fra…, CA
Favorite Atop Alamere Falls
Intermediate

Palomarin to Alamere Falls Out and Back

8.3 mi 13.3 km 991' Up 302.15 m Up 991' Down 302.09 m Down

Bolinas, CA
Favorite West Waddell Creek trickles through a verdant forest in Big Basin Redwoods State Park.
Intermediate/Difficult

Berry Creek Falls Loop

9.7 mi 15.6 km 1,844' Up 562.19 m Up 1,835' Down 559.42 m Down

Boulder…, CA
Favorite Muir Woods
Easy/Intermediate

Hillside Loop

2.5 mi 3.9 km 255' Up 77.77 m Up 255' Down 77.75 m Down

Tamalpa…, CA
Favorite The blue mountains of Santa Cruz!
Intermediate

Castle Rock Loop

3.6 mi 5.8 km 658' Up 200.45 m Up 692' Down 210.96 m Down

Monte S…, CA
Favorite Northward bound backpacker taking in the view with his morning snack.
Intermediate/Difficult

Muir Beach Loop

5.8 mi 9.4 km 1,164' Up 354.88 m Up 1,164' Down 354.8 m Down

Tamalpa…, CA
Favorite The Anniversary Trail makes its way up Windy Hill.
Intermediate/Difficult

Hamms Gulch-Spring Ridge Trail Loop

7.7 mi 12.3 km 1,440' Up 438.85 m Up 1,439' Down 438.59 m Down

Portola…, CA

Bay Area Hiking

  • 2,062 Miles 3,318 Kilometers of Trail
  • 124 Recommended Routes
  • 29 Gems Gems
  • 416 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 886 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 142 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Bay Area - 1,320

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6.6 mi 10.6 km #1Dipsea Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Mill Valley, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Mill Valley, CA 36 
3.6 mi 5.8 km #2Kortum Trail
Intermediate
Bodega Bay, CA
Intermediate
Bodega Bay, CA 13 
0.7 mi 1.2 km #3Redwood Grove Loop Trail
Easy
Mount Hermon, CA
Easy
Mount Hermon, CA 13 
2.1 mi 3.3 km #4SCA Trail
Intermediate
Sausalito, CA
Intermediate
Sausalito, CA
0.7 mi 1.1 km #5Point Reyes Lighthouse Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Inverness, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Inverness, CA 11 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #6Whittemore Gulch Trail
Intermediate
Half Moon Bay, CA
Intermediate
Half Moon Bay, CA 13 
4.7 mi 7.6 km #7Ohlone Bluff Trail
Easy
Santa Cruz, CA
Easy
Santa Cruz, CA 10 
0.9 mi 1.5 km #8Chimney Rock
Easy/Intermediate
Inverness, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Inverness, CA 14 
1.5 mi 2.4 km #9Pirates Cove Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Tamalpais Valley, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Tamalpais Valley, CA
2.9 mi 4.7 km #10Hidden Coast near Elephant Cave
Very Difficult
Inverness, CA
Very Difficult
Inverness, CA

Photos of Bay Area - 2,556

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Atop Alamere Falls
Feb 17, 2015 near Bolinas, CA
Another view of Point Reyes Lighthouse
Sep 1, 2015 near Inverness, CA
View from the SCA Trail.
Mar 3, 2016 near Sausalito, CA
Muir Woods
May 12, 2016 near Mill Va…, CA
Sun on the hills.
Oct 18, 2016 near East Fo…, CA
Hikers climb a sunny, sandy ridge on the McCrary Ridge Trail.
Feb 1, 2017 near Boulder…, CA
Sunset on the beach
Jul 27, 2018 near Sausalito, CA
A beautiful spring sunrise on Henry Coe's Monument Trail
Mar 25, 2019 near Morgan…, CA