Escape in Your Own Backyard

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Marin Headlands in the summer. Photo by Jackie Richardson.

With summer coming to an end, take these moments to enjoy what the Bay Area has to offer without the hustle and bustle of the city. As a Bay Area native, I am extremely fortunate to have so many open spaces and hiking trails nearby, but with that easy access comes the usual crowd of fellow adventure-seekers.

Here are just a few of my favorite local hiking spots:

Redwood Regional Park is a hidden redwood forest that covers over 1,000 acres of land in the Oakland Hills. This park contains the largest remaining natural stand of coastal redwood trees found in the East Bay, many of which are over 100 years old. Enjoy the numerous hiking, biking and horseback riding trails in the comfort of the well-shaded forest.

Briones Regional Park in Contra Costa County is a treasure chest of rolling hills and abundant wildlife. Hike to Briones Peak, the highest point in the park and enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views from Mt. Diablo all the way to Mt. Tam.

Marin Headlands is one of my favorite places to hike in the Bay Area. Located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, this area has some of the most beautiful views of the coast, Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. Put on your hiking boots and trek out to 150 year-old Point Bonita Lighthouse, which is still actively being used today. Miles of trails, wild flowers and sharp sea cliffs will have you coming back for more.

During these last few weeks of summer take advantage of the adventures that surround you. For more awe-inspiring Bay Area hikes read dedicated outdoorswoman, Ann Marie Brown’s 101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area.