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For the love of hiking

March 23, 2011

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For those who like nothing better than setting out early on a sunny weekend to be amongst nature, walking on well trodden trails, breathing in the fresh air, and getting the blood flowing in those legs, and absolutely loving it even (or especially) when it involves getting wet under waterfalls or doing a balancing act on top of  a mountain ridge, here are some resources which we’ve found indispensable for exploring the Bay Area.

We would love to know your favorite websites too, so feel free to leave any links and info in the comments.

1) Bay Area Hiker – This website has proved priceless for us ever since we  moved to California. You can choose a hike according to the season, near the area you live in, depending on what you want to explore and how much time you want to be outdoors. Very precise descriptions of what to expect on each trail, including information on the length of the trail, level of difficulty, what things to see and  so much more.  All with accompanying photographs. We’re working our way through the hikes marked as “Favorites” and they are all now our favorites too.

2) Mid Peninsula Open Space PreserveCalendar of Activities – They have everything! The activities/hikes are even accompanied by docents. So you get to learn as you walk. There are sunrise hikes which start at 5:45AM, aerobic scenic hikes, ride your bikes on the mountain ridges with docents or ride your horse on the equestrian trails, go on an educational learn-all-about-earthquake-faults hike, capture photos of wildflowers during the spring hikes, sleep under the stars for both kids and kids-at-heart  …  Like I said, they’ve got it covered!

3) Redwood hikes in and around the Bay Area – Recently discovered this beautifully made website. With breathtakingly lovely accompanying photographs of the redwood trails  all along the California coast, these would entice even the most hike-o-phobic person! Just reading the descriptions makes me want to head there already!

4) Marin Moonshiners Meetup group – Another recent discovery. Found this meetup group when we were looking for a guided walk/hike for the Super Moon event. The full-moon hike was unfortunately canceled due to high winds and heavy rain. Yeah, the weather was just not accommodating on March 19th for folks like us on the West Coast who wanted a peek at the fabulously larger-than-life moon. In any case, we are very excited to join the Marin Moonshiners for more full-moon hikes in the future. Spring and Summer will only bring more meetup opportunities!


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