San Francisco’s Top 10 Dayhikes

The most practical doubtless local trails, as chosen by BACKPACKER Local scouts Paulina Dao and Daniel Markey

In the Bay Condo, easy-earn entry to trails address hikers to spectacular coastal walks, massive-look summits, primeval redwood forests, and cascading waterfalls–all inner a few hours of city, usually less. So, with so many standout alternate choices nearby, you know these local favorites in actuality absorb a dinky one thing special. 


A cascade at Uvas Canyon County Park

1. Uvas Canyon County Park

Trailhead: Uvas Canyon County Park
Mileage: 6.Four (spherical-outing)
Power from city: 1.5 hours

Uvas Canyon County Park is a dinky gem in the South Bay with many utilize-your-hang-adventures. The creep will get you up shut and internal most with three waterfalls. Most other folks hike the short and household-marvelous waterfall loop, nevertheless you would possibly maybe perchance well easily add on extra miles by bagging some unremarkable peaks or adding Alec Canyon and the often-dry Triple Falls to your day as neatly.

On the Peters Creek Loop

2. Peters Creek Loop, Portola Redwoods Issue Park

Trailhead: Slate Creek 
Mileage: eleven.5 (spherical-outing)
Power from city: 1.5 hours

Destroy out the crowds and head to Portola Redwoods Issue Park. This park receives such low traffic that the consumer heart is mostly unmanned. The Peters Creek Loop takes you deep accurate into a pocket of redwood forests where a exiguous creek peacefully babbles. It’s a ideal intention to lumber the city. A lot of the paths connect so that you just would possibly maybe perchance well extend your hike extra and head to Tiptoe Falls, or you would possibly maybe perchance well decide for a shorter day.

Tule elk at Tomales Point

Three. Tomales Point, Point Reyes Nationwide Shoreline

Trailhead: Pierce Point Ranch
Mileage: 10 (spherical-outing)
Power from city: 1.5 hours

Tomales Point will get you on the rugged and wild northern jog of California. What it lacks in elevation, it makes up for with majestic coastal bluffs with the deepest-blue waters. Can absorb to you’re fortunate, you’ll drag accurate into a herd of Tule elk or two. Tomales Point is a lot sufficient to in actuality feel equivalent to you’re leaving the Bay Condo, nevertheless no longer too some distance so that you just would possibly maybe perchance well composed earn lend a hand and device your dinner reservation with time to spare.

Matt Davis-Steep Ravine Loop

Four. Matt Davis-Steep Ravine Loop, Mount Tamalpais Issue Park

Trailhead: Belvedere Ave, in the lend a hand of the Stinson Shoreline Fire Space
Mileage: 6.5 (spherical-outing)
Power from city: 1.5 hours

The Matt Davis-Steep Ravine Loop takes you from Stinson Shoreline into the hills north of San Francisco. Along this creep, you uncover a magical waterfall ladder and achieve on golden hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

5. Berry Creek Falls

Trailhead: Skyline to the Sea
Mileage: 10 (spherical-outing)
Power from city: 1.5 hours

Neglect the crowds at Muir Woods. Rise up and shut and internal most with towering redwoods at Big Basin Redwoods Issue Park. This 10-mile hike hits up three stunning waterfalls. Rated strenuous, it doesn’t in actuality feel very strenuous at occupied with the reason that first 1/2 of the hike is all downhill. The climb lend a hand as a lot as your automobile is gradual and won’t assassinate your quads, either.


1. Sonoma Waft Issue Park

Trailhead: St. Mary’s
Mileage: 5 (spherical-outing)
Power from city: 2 hours 

California has a bunch of shoreline, so this selection also can absorb gone many strategies. But when desirous in regards to the balance of proximity to the larger metropolitan home and tranquility, this one is mammoth. Park at Goat Rock and launch off heading south alongside the seaside, taking in the beautiful scenery and vivid seaside rocks. Correct short of a 1/2 mile, note the creep up the bluffs to the following parking home, where you would possibly maybe perchance well proceed south to your toddle over a intellectual hill and then be a half of the Kortum Path, heading lend a hand down alongside the bluffs overlooking the seaside. Stage a automobile at Shell seaside and here is set 2.5 miles, or device it an out-and-lend a hand to Goat Rock. Portray alternatives abound with views to Arch Rock out in the Pacific Ocean. Can absorb to you are accomplished, purchase a cup of joe and loosen up in an Adirondack chair commence air of Café Aquatica. Nearby public and internal most tenting is available in the market whenever you’re going to love to device a weekend of it.

Tall blue heron

2. Kings Canyon Loop, Moraga

Trailhead: Val Vista
Mileage: 7 (loop)
Power from city: Half-hour

That is my “yard” hike and my well-liked creep drag: I will be available in the market most frequently in the arrival months practicing for my next marathon. Park at the Val Vista Staging Condo and flip left. This hike passes by arrangement of a ramification of ecological zones and parts a unfounded amount of climbing. I capture to attack the loop in a clockwise course, getting the wide climb out of the fashion in the foundation. On this course, the gap 1/2 parts sweeping views of Moraga and aspects east, including Las Trampas Regional Barren region. The return leg is extra canopied. Pause for lunch at the “midway” bench with beautiful views of the Upper San Leandro Reservoir. O.okay., it’s miles a counterfeit lake with the present-or-garden bathtub ring spherical it, nevertheless it’s composed fine to search out migrating chicken, turkeys, and blue herons. Hike early to listen to the turkeys and coyotes engaged in their morning orchestra. Hike at dusk to purchase a proud Columbia Sad-tailed deer buck prancing all over a meadow. 

The Considerable particular person Flower Path at Redwood Regional Park

Three. Redwood Regional Park

Trailhead: Skyline Gate Staging Condo
Mileage: Settle your hang adventure
Power from city: Half-hour

This hike has a dinky little bit of every part that one can also query of in the woods in Northern California, and it’s so shut to Oakland that you just would possibly maybe perchance well enact this any day of week. On a conventional stress-free weekend there is a throng of oldsters here, nevertheless when you identify where to park it’s miles a mammoth trudge in the woods and you would possibly maybe perchance well nearly put out of your mind you are in the Big City. Passing the Lady’s Camp, you descend alongside the Movement Path accurate into a grove of chic redwoods. Tack over to the West Ridge Path and be looking out in iciness for migrating ladybugs (they stop off here in the iciness and cluster alongside shrubbery). There are a bunch of alternate choices for trails and loops, so utilize your hang adventure! My well-liked: Enter from the north from the Redwood Path that results in EBMUD land. Construct it a one-arrangement, household-marvelous hike by leaving one other automobile at the Redwood Gate, or device it extra of a lung-buster by taking the Madrone Path loop or the East Ridge Path.

Summit look, Mt. Diablo

Four. Mt. Diablo by arrangement of South Gate, Mt. Diablo Issue Park

Trailhead: South Gate Summit Path
Mileage: 12 (spherical-outing)
Power from city: 50 minutes

For oldsters procuring for an adventurous dayhike and even an overnight (two campgrounds alongside the route), this prominent mountain offers scenic views and a mammoth replacement to earn outside with out touring the general intention to the Sierras. I launch at the South Gate sooner than the park opens, parking alongside the twin carriageway in a Danville neighborhood. The most necessary 1/2 of this hike is beautiful powerful all uphill, and then whenever you return on the downhill, it goes to be steep sufficient to abet you from tempo walking. Purchase a aspect tour to “Rock City,” a fun arena for youths and the newborn in all of us. (Demonstrate: Be cautious at some level of tarantula mating season, the arachnids don’t like to be photographed this time of one year.) Speaking of Sierras, from the observation put up on top you would possibly maybe perchance well peek them on definite days! 

Bald Mountain

5. Bald Mountain, Sugarloaf Ridge Issue Park

Trailhead: St. Mary’s
Mileage: 6.5 (spherical-outing)
Power from city: 1.5 hours

This home turned into damaged by wildfires in tumble 2017, and subject to closures; test to search out it’s commence sooner than climbing. Some trails reopened on February 1, 2018. 

I’m writing about this creep with out but seeing the devastating affect of the fires. In the larger of times, I love this creep on legend of it’s miles a mammoth intention to launch up a outing to wine country. Burn some calories sooner than you hit your first wine tasting of the day. Purchase in the sights of this hilly country with sweeping vistas to Mt. Tamalpais, Mt. Diablo, and other parts of the Bay Condo. Scrutinize down into Napa Valley from this vantage level. Delivery up the Stern Path sooner than connecting to the Bald Mountain Path. After taking a smash on top and playing the scenery, return on the Gray Pine Path. Be neat with your pets, as here is mountain lion and coyote country. There is a campground at the obnoxious and the Robert Ferguson Observatory offers overnight rentals for the astronomy fans available in the market.

Originally posted 2018-02-11 22:26:31.

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