Memorial Day Weekend Adventures in Northern California 2012


Memorial Mojo

It's that time of year again—the unofficial start of summer kicks off this weekend! Make it official with any of these sizzling good times. 

Peters Creek Portola Redwoods

Portola Powerhouse: Hike to the most pristine grove of old-growth redwood trees in the Bay Area. The 13-mile (round-trip) walk to Peters Creek in Portola Redwoods State Park takes most of the day, but time flies when you're among old friends.

Eagle Eyes: Sure, the main summit of Mount Diablo offers one of the best views in the state, but if you’d rather hike than drive to a summit, lace up your boots for the mountain’s spectacular—and less-traveled—Eagle Peak.

Commemorative Stamp: For flowing and novice-friendly mountain biking in Tahoe, point your fat tires toward Commemorative Emigrant Trail a few miles north of Truckee. This singletrack rolls like ribbon for miles through golden alpine meadows and Jefferey Pine forests, with a water destination reward!

Pacifica Pedal: Two wheels, three beaches, hundreds of wildflowers, and a wine-stop option. That’s what you'll have on this easy 8-mile (round-trip) bike ride in Pacifica.

Isle of Wines: Not all of the Bay Area's most interesting wines are experienced amidst rolling latticed vineyards and opulent tasting rooms: some are enjoyed in giant warehouses on an island.

Early Riser: Watching the sun set over the Golden Gate Bridge is awesome, but there's another way to be amazed at the beauty of the Bay Area's most famous landmark: check out a sunrise via a short walk on a prime part of Lands End's Coastal Trail.