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San Francisco/Northern CA April 14, 2011
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Walk the LineFacebook Like ButtonTweet
Next Monday, April 18, marks the 105th anniversary of The Great San Francisco Earthquake. Take a little time to discover more about the famous fault lines in the greater Bay Area on any of these three trails.
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San Andreas ShuffleFacebook Like ButtonTweet
Sanborn County Park San Andreas HikeWhen the big one hit back in 1906, Sanborn County Park was right in the crosshairs: The 3,600-acre park just west of Saratoga lies smack on top of the San Andreas fault. Cracks opened 5 to 6 feet deep, creeks were diverted and landslides created havoc. A 4-mile roundtrip loop hike will put you in the center of the shifts in landscape that resulted from the quake. Starting from the main staging area, the Sanborn Trail passes pleasant walk-in campsites on the bank of Aubry Creek. The next 2 miles is a steady, leg-burning 1,200-foot climb through thickly forested madrone and maple woodlands. Finish by descending the aptly named San Andreas Trail. The final stretch, a pine-needle-carpeted trail, weaves under towering redwoods.

TIP: Although you may not want to say it too loudly, Savannah Chanelle Winery sits right on top of the San Andreas fault. Their tasting room is a bona fide old redwood barn built in 1912. Step inside and try their award-winning pinot noirs.

From the staging area, take the Sanborn Trail up through the walk-in campground. Continue uphill on the Sanborn Trail for 2 miles. When you reach an unmarked T intersection, make a right. After a few hundred feet, you’ll reach the San Andreas Trail where you’ll make a right and go 1.8 miles back down to the parking area. Consider printing a map of Sanborn County Park beforehand. Dog-friendly!
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Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park HikeIn October 1868, the East Bay's earliest settlers experienced an unwanted surprise: A major earthquake epicentered in the Hayward Fault Zone struck, playing a role in sculpting Hayward's Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park and the rest of the East Bay hills. Explore the area on a 6.5-mile roundtrip hike starting at the Garin Avenue park entrance. Walk southeast on the High Ridge Loop Trail. Traversing the grassy, poppy-patched ridge above Hayward and Union City, this trail is just a quarter mile east from the Hayward Fault line. Continue past several trail junctions and begin a moderately steep ascent alongside a creek shaded by coast live oaks. The climb continues for about a mile, topping out on a ridge with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay—yet another geologic byproduct of the crisscrossing fault zones. The Chabot Fault (an offshoot of the Hayward Fault) crosses the trail on the upper ridge—which means you’ll be walking directly above a fault line. Descend via the Meyers Ranch Trail, and cross narrow bridges on the flat Dry Creek Trail to finish the loop.

TIP: During the 1906 earthquake disaster, Japan was the largest contributor to San Francisco aid relief. Want to return the favor? In conjunction with the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival, Raise the Flag at Five happens this Saturday, April 16 (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.), at the Japantown Peace Plaza. Food, drinks, live music, a silent auction and special guests are all part of this event for Japan relief.

The Garin Ave. parking lot is accessed via exit 25 for Industrial Pkwy. off I-880 South. From Industrial Pkwy., take a right on Mission Blvd. and then a left at Garin Ave. The trail starts in Garin Regional Park, which is connected to Dry Creek Regional Park. Garin/Dry Creek has a reputation for muddy cow tracks, so wait for the trail to dry after heavy rains. For a slightly shorter hike (5.5 miles), follow the High Ridge Loop Trail all the way back to the parking area. (skipping Meyers Ranch and Dry Creek Trail.) Dog-friendly!
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Walk the Earthquake Trail in Point ReyesEvery year, Point Reyes Peninsula inches a little farther north because of the San Andreas Fault. This region is one of the longest undeveloped sections of the fault in Northern California. For a short jaunt that explores the shift-shaping influence of the San Andreas, stroll the .6-mile paved Earthquake Trail. Interpretive displays dot the trail, describing the dynamic geology of the area. The highlight  is a wooden fence split and moved 20 feet by the great quake of 1906. This field trip will be over quickly, so pack a lunch to enjoy at the Bear Valley picnic grounds where the trail starts and ends.

TIP:Spring is one of the best seasons to hike in Point Reyes. Make a full day of it by hiking The Point Reyes Grand Slam, a 13-mile coastal thriller filled with wildflowers, bluffs, beaches and glorious Pacific views.

The Earthquake Trail leaves from Point Reyes’ Bear Valley Visitor Center.
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Velo Vino NapaSome things just go better together: peanut butter and jelly, Harry and Sally, wine and cycling. Clif Bar founder Gary Erickson and his wife Kit Crawford have just opened Velo Vino in downtown St. Helena. Part wine tasting, part adventure headquarters, and home to Clif Family Winery, Velo Vino promises to put a fresh spin on your next visit to Napa Valley. Start your day mapping out your ride over a shot of espresso. Velo Vino provides maps of local bike rides plus customized routes to the Clif Family Farm on Howell Mountain. Grab a few Clif Bars and pedal at your own pace through rolling green hills and gorgeous vineyards. Post-roll, step up to Velo Vino’s bar and sip your way through a collection of Clif Family Wines while browsing through the LUNA sport apparel. Gary’s Improv Zin, Kit’s Killer Cab and Climber Limited-Release red wines are perfectly matched with a signature Mountain Mix—four flavors of gourmet fruit and nuts. Step outside to the savory garden and enjoy the fruits of your labor on the patio. Way to roll!

Velo Vino, 790 Main St., St. Helena. The tasting room is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily with extended hours and bike rentals starting in June. The patio opens May 27.
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