I didn’t expect this newly-opened preserve, an easy drive from San Jose, to have up to 40,000 hikers.
What started as a cloudy day turned mostly clear as I hiked to the top of Mission Peak Regional Preserve.
In May I walked down an old section of Highway 1 that’s set aside for pedestrians and cyclists. Meandering a mile and a half down the highway provides plenty of hazy ocean views, geology lessons, steady wind, and the graffitied remains of a World War II-era bunker.
During a long weekend I ventured to a state beach to see a shipwreck, one of my favorite state forests, and improvised a trip along Highway 1 to parts unknown.
Ed Levin County Park provided many views, not always on the ground. Paragliders and sweeping Bay Area views made this a memorable hike.
Calero County Park is a good local getaway for easy, somewhat scenic, hilly day hikes. The trails range from wide to narrow, dry to wet, and from grand views to cozy forests.
Seeking a good view, I found the wrong entrance to Skyline Ridge. Even better, I took a wrong turn that lead the right way. But the view was worth getting mixed up.
The first decently-warm weather of the season drew me to a redwoods preserve just south of San Francisco, within sight of the Pacific Ocean.
A straightforward hike through intermittent rain with views of a nearby reservoir. And that’s about it.
After weeks of rain, I took a through a city park that was decidedly un-urban. I brought a GoPro camera, with mixed results.