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The Weekender: Take a Hike!

Within a few miles of your home are trails rated from easy to difficult.

Mori Point, Pacifica. (Photo Credit: California Coastal Commission)
Mori Point, Pacifica. (Photo Credit: California Coastal Commission)

Start 2014 on the right foot by taking a hike. Whether you’re seeking a gentle loop trail or a tough trek, you don’t have to go far. Here are some nearby hikes—what’s your favorite?

 

Mori Point. Golden Gate NP Conservancy

Mori Point is a great place enjoy a sunset, do a spot of whale watching or simply enjoy the waves of the Pacific Coast washing up onto the shores. Remember to check out the ridgeline trail too, where you can see all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge on a clear day. Easy.

Bay Area Ridge Trail: Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail

The Fifield-Cahill Ridge trail traverses coastal scrub and old growth douglas fir forests.  The majority of the hike sports great views of the Pacific, SF Bay and the Coastal Range.  Wildlife spotting should be more favorable than other parks due to less human interference and the wildflowers are stunning in spring. This is a permit-only area, so plan ahead. Moderate.

San Bruno Mountain, Summit Loop

The 3½ mile Summit Loop trail takes a counter-clockwise route around the Western side of the mountain, ambling through vegetation and slowly ascending to reveal the views of Sutro Tower, San Francisco and a distant Mount Tamalpais. More views are revealed at the top of the mountain, looking south towards the coastal range, west to the ocean and east to Mount Diablo and the San Francisco Bay. Moderate.

Want to see more? These descriptions were taken from EveryTrail, with reviews and detailed descriptions of local hikes.

 

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