Mountain biker riding a trail at Fernandez Ranch in Martinez East Bay

Rainbow Connection

These three Bay Area preserves are all about the rainbow of color currently casting across their rolling hills, and they should only get better in the next few weeks. Enjoy some early spring bling!

Week: 03.16.2022
Regions: Northern CA

Flashy Fernandez

Hike or Bike at Fernandez Ranch in Martinez East Bay

Biker on a trail at Fernandez Ranch in Martinez East Bay
Biker riding by trailside poppies at Fernandez Ranch in Martinez East Bay
Mountain biker on the trail overlooking San Pablo Bay in the East Bay Fernandez Ranch
Green rolling hills studded in oak trees, wildflowers like poppies, lupine, and the Mount Diablo sunflower—exclusive to Contra Costa County: the landscape at Fernandez Ranch in Martinez is electrifying right now! For a highlight reel of wildlife, wildflowers, and wowing panoramas, do this 6-mile hike or bike ride.
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Colorful Calero

Hike or bike at Calero County Park in the South Bay

A hiker sitting on the trailside taking photos of poppies and wildflowers at Calero County Park in the South Bay
California poppies decorate the green hills at Calero County Park in the South Bay
Two cows on the trailside hills at Calero County Park in the South Bay
Hiker on a trail at Calero County Park in the South Bay
Rolling green hills, gorgeous vistas, and wildflowers festooning the landscape … this 5.4-mile out-and-back hike in the South Bay’s Calero County Park is a gentle ascent through landscape currently awash with color.
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Cheers to Chimney

Hike to Chimney Rock in Point Reyes National Seashore

Hikers on the trail at Chimney Rock in Point Reyes National Seashore
Hikers at Chimney Rock in Point Reyes National Seashore
Hikers on the trail at Chimney Rock in Point Reyes National Seashore
Two hikers on the trail at Chimney Rock in Point Reyes National Seashore
If you’re looking for all that Point Reyes has to offer in spring, Chimney Rock is the place to be. The 1.75-mile (round-trip) hike to Chimney may be short, but it packs a visual punch, quadrupling the viewing thrills during spring.
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