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Cerro San Luis Peak Fire Road
Intermediate
San Luis Obispo, CA May 24, 2020
Cerro San Luis Peak Fire Road San Luis Obispo, CA
Intermediate
May 24, 2020
Notes: 3.6 mi — 2h 30m : I took my time to reach the top for sunset. The fire road is wide enough to make social distancing easy, and not hard to follow with just a head lamp.
Fern Canyon Westhaven-Moonstone, CA Oct 22, 2019
Fern Canyon Westhaven-Moonstone, CA
Oct 22, 2019
Notes: The creek never reached my knees, but it's hard to get through this unique canyon without splashing through ankle-deep water. Well worth the effort.
Redwood Grove Loop Trail
Easy
Mount Hermon, CA Oct 5, 2019
Redwood Grove Loop Trail Mount Hermon, CA
Easy
Oct 5, 2019
Notes: 1.5 mi — 2h 30m : This wheelchair-friendly path meanders through some of the easiest-to-access redwoods in the area — and yet not as crowded as nearby Big Basin.
Bay Area Ridge Trail: Craig Britton Trail
Intermediate
Woodside, CA Sep 15, 2019
Bay Area Ridge Trail: Craig Britton Trail Woodside, CA
Intermediate
Sep 15, 2019
Notes: I took this trail for a quick photo/video shoot. After an hour, tree-skimming clouds caught me off guard — the weather can change fast here.
Saratoga Gap Trail
Intermediate
Monte Sereno, CA Aug 25, 2019
Saratoga Gap Trail Monte Sereno, CA
Intermediate
Aug 25, 2019
Notes: 5 mi — 3h 0m : Brilliant sun with intermittent coverage … and worth the view, if you come at the right time of day.
Mount Umunhum Summit and Back
Intermediate
Almaden Valley, CA Aug 10, 2019
Mount Umunhum Summit and Back Almaden Valley, CA
Intermediate
Aug 10, 2019
Notes: 8 mi — 4h 0m : Trail is in good shape: mostly shady and dusty. They've reopened the south/southeast sides of the radar block, including the trail leading there.
Peak Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Fremont, CA Jul 14, 2019
Peak Trail Fremont, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Jul 14, 2019
Notes: 8 mi : Planning to reach the summit at sunset is worth walking back in the dark. Bring a headlamp, water, sturdy footwear, and a good camera.
Devil's Slide Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Pacifica, CA May 12, 2019
Devil's Slide Trail Pacifica, CA
Easy/Intermediate
May 12, 2019
Notes: 3 mi — 2h 30m : Overcast an 15°F cooler than on the other side of the peninsula. Road/trail is in great shape for a casual (and unique) stroll.
Monument Peak Road
Intermediate
Milpitas, CA Apr 6, 2019
Monument Peak Road Milpitas, CA
Intermediate
Apr 6, 2019
Notes: 8 mi — 5h 0m : Moderate climb with great views of the South Bay, almost all the way to San Francisco (on a clear day). 95% exposed to the western sun.
Serpentine Loop Trail
Intermediate
Almaden Valley, CA Apr 1, 2019
Serpentine Loop Trail Almaden Valley, CA
Intermediate
Apr 1, 2019
Notes: 2.7 mi — 1h 30m : Trail has a mix of mud/grass in spots, but is mostly dry (March 2019). Otherwise well-kept and popular with horseback riders.
Los Cerritos Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Almaden Valley, CA Apr 1, 2019
Los Cerritos Trail Almaden Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Apr 1, 2019
Notes: 2.1 mi — 1h 0m : Far-reaching views of the lake and Valley, with a reasonably steep hill on the east side. Muddy with standing water after rains.
Purisima Creek Trail
Intermediate
Half Moon Bay, CA Mar 16, 2019
Purisima Creek Trail Half Moon Bay, CA
Intermediate
Mar 16, 2019
Notes: 10 mi — 4h 0m : Muddy in places, but even after all this rain (Jan–Feb '18), the trail's in good shape, and the creek babbles on.
Aquinas Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Monte Sereno, CA Mar 10, 2019
Aquinas Trail Monte Sereno, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Mar 10, 2019
Notes: 5 mi — 2h 30m : Not as much mud here as expected from the recent rains; the trails are more rocks than dirt. Great views of the swelling Lex Reservoir
Juniper to Summit Loop
Intermediate
Diablo, CA Sep 29, 2018
Juniper to Summit Loop Diablo, CA
Intermediate
Sep 29, 2018
Notes: 8 mi — 6h 0m : Strenuous fire roads in good shape. Chilly and windy at the summit, warm at lower elevations. Actual summit’s _inside_ the visitor center (10am–4pm…
Montara Mountain from Gray Whale Cove
Intermediate/Difficult
Montara, CA Jun 23, 2018
Montara Mountain from Gray Whale Cove Montara, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Jun 23, 2018
Notes: 9.9 mi : The weather was warm ascending to the scenic overlook, and cooler facing the ocean on the way back. Mostly loose dirt on a service road.
Rancho Ridge Loop
Intermediate/Difficult
Loyola, CA May 26, 2018
Rancho Ridge Loop Loyola, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
May 26, 2018
Notes: 10 mi : Took parts of several trails. Stopped at the farm to see livestock. Nearly stepped on two rattlesnakes on Lower Creek Trail.
North Wilderness and Balconies Cave Loop
Intermediate/Difficult
Soledad, CA May 13, 2018
North Wilderness and Balconies Cave Loop Soledad, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
May 13, 2018
Notes: 9 mi
Seven Springs Trail
Intermediate
Saratoga, CA May 6, 2018
Seven Springs Trail Saratoga, CA
Intermediate
May 6, 2018
Notes: 1.7 mi : Pleasant walk with scenic views of the valley. Hikers: mind the cyclists on narrow trails with blind turns.
Fremont Older Open Space Loop
Intermediate
Saratoga, CA May 6, 2018
Fremont Older Open Space Loop Saratoga, CA
Intermediate
May 6, 2018
Notes: 5.6 mi : Sweeping views of the valley on a clear day. Lots of families and large groups today. Be warned: Parking is minimal.