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Four gorgeous Bay Area hikes to check out this weekend

Sarah Medina

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 (


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, to see the SF skyline lit up at night.

Angel Island (


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,


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 (

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