Explore the beauty of the Bay Area on these spectacular trails right outside your door.
Animal sightings are not uncommon at Tomales Point Trail.
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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