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Four gorgeous Bay Area hikes to check out this weekend

By
Sarah Medina
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Lace up your sneakers for these gorgeous hikes around the Bay Area. Happy trails! 

 

Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve

Start: The main entrance to Claremont Canyon is on Stonewall Road (a block north of Claremont Hotel).

Views for days: They don’t call it the Stonewall Panoramic Trail for nothing. This trek through the Berkeley and Oakland hills boasts stunning views of the bay around every corner.

Fuel up: The short hike includes more than 700 feet of steep ascent. Make sure you pack plenty of water and snacks.

Forest friends: Keep your eyes peeled for red-tailed hawks, deer and even the occasional fox sharing the path with you.

Claremont Ave to Stonewall Rd, Berkeley (ebprks.org)

 

Angel Island

Start: Hop a Blue & Gold Fleet ferry to Angel Island, then take the Perimeter Trail right off the exit to the North Ridge Trail.

Catch a view: Ignore your burning calves and continue climbing the path until you intersect with Ida Trail; this leads to the summit of Mount Livermore, the highest peak on the island. All that hard work is well worth it for 360-degree views of the Bay Area.

Camp out: Enjoying island life? You can reserve a campsite in Angel Island State Park (800-444-7275, parks.ca.gov) to see the SF skyline lit up at night.

Angel Island (angelisland.com/hiking)

 

Alamere Falls

Start: Begin this eight-mile out-and-back expedition at the Palomarin Trailhead (a parking lot also marks the spot) before traversing through forests, tall brush and rugged coastlines.

Waterworks: Scramble down the sandy cliffs at the end of the trail for selfies with Alamere Falls, a spectacular 40-foot waterfall that plummets into the Pacific Ocean.

Cool off: Bring your swimsuit for a dip in the tranquil and sunny Bass Lake on the way back. There’s a rope swing!

Rte 1 to Point Reyes National Seashore (415-464-5100, nps.gov/goga/planyourvisist/alamerefalls.htm)

 

Lands End

Start: Check out the new visitor center, Lands End Lookout, for information about the natural and cultural history of the area. Then trek on the Coastal Trail.

Find Zen: Take the turnoff to Mile Rock Beach to walk the large, seaside stone labyrinth by artist Eduardo Aguilera.

History lesson: Wander the Sutro Baths ruins, a massive saltwater swimming-pool complex that opened in 1896 and operated for more than half a century.

Pack a picnic: The West Fort Miley batteries offer a grassy area among three turn-of-the-century
gun emplacements.

680 Point Lobos Ave (nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/landsend.htm)

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