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)
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.
◊ Angel Island (angelisland.com/hiking)
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)
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
◊ 680 Point Lobos Ave (nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/landsend.htm)