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6 Best Bay Area Trails For Spring Hiking

Casey Weissman | March 11, 2021 | Lifestyle Feature

Explore the beauty of the Bay Area on these spectacular trails right outside your door.

Animal sightings are not uncommon at Tomales Point Trail. PHOTO BY KYLE GLENN/UNSPLASH
Animal sightings are not uncommon at Tomales Point Trail.

Cataract Falls

Trail Adventure to a 3-mile trek through Cataract Falls an hour north of San Francisco. It has gorgeous waterfall views through nearly the entire length of the trail and is a great workout with short inclines and shaded forest areas. With picnic spots and pools nearby, a hike here is an ideal mix of exercise and Zen time. Cataract Trail, Stinson Beach

Mary Bowerman Loop Trail

Perfect for a family activity, the Mary Bowerman Loop Trail is 0.8 miles with beautiful nature and views. The hike is short, sweet and features great areas for overlooking the mountainous landscape around it. Enjoy an assortment of wildflowers while you walk around Mount Diablo’s summit. Fire Interpretive Trail, Walnut Creek

Matt Davis and Steep Ravine Loop

Matt Davis and Steep Ravine Loop is a 6.7-mile trail featuring waterfalls, surging streams and towering redwood trees. The gradual climb up offers views of the ocean and surrounding lush nature. With a 10-foot ladder climbing up the side of a waterfall, this hike is for the adventurous. 7749-7739 Panoramic Highway, Mill Valley

Mori Point Loop

This 2.5-mile trail near Pacifica is surrounded by lush greenery and ocean views, making for a memorable hike. Perfect for taking your dogs on a walk or an afternoon workout, Mori Point Loop is easily accessible and only takes about an hour to complete. Mori Point Road, Pacifica

North Ridge and Sunset Trail Loop

Take a ferry to Angel Island to hike the North Ridge and Sunset Trail Loop. Hikers can admire just over 4.5 miles of views of the Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and San Francisco. This easy uphill trail is a must-try in the Bay Area. Sunset Trail & North Ridge Trail, Tiburon

Tomales Point Trail

Tomales Point Trail is well known for its wildlife encounters and beautiful seaside views throughout the trek. Listen to the sound of heavy waves crash on the cliffs, and be sure to keep your eyes out for elk as you pass through the Tule Elk Reserve. With 9.5 miles to enjoy, this awe-inspiring hike is well worth the effort. Pierce Point Road, Inverness

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