Chasing Sunlight

Daylight saving time ends this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some beautiful light! Late afternoon hikes bring glorious sunlight this time of year—including for the magic hour. Here are three hikes for enjoying fall sunshine and sublime sunsets.

Week: 11.02.2022
Regions: Northern CA

Sunshine and Skyline

Hike the Bay Area Ridge Trail in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve

Hiker taking a photo of sunset at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve
Hiker at the sign for Borel Hill at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve
Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve near sunset on the Bay Area Ridge Trail
Head to Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve for a 4-mile out-and-back hike on the Bay Area Ridge Trail that offers a front-row seat to spectacular sunsets.
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Center of Attention

Winter Getaway to Central Oregon

Smith Rock
Central Oregon is home to the craft beer capital of the US, the Deschutes River, and trails for every kind of outdoor adventure: hiking, skiing, paddling, biking, and—of course—relaxing at fire pits.
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Sunlight and the Sea

Hike Mori Point Loop for Pacific and Sunset Views

Hiker sitting on bench overlooking the Pacific on Mori Point Loop in Pacifica
Mori Point at Pacifica
Rugged coastal cliffs, magnificent cloud formations, and sunlight sparkling on the water create beautiful autumn views at Mori Point in Pacifica. Hikers and cyclists can catch a Pacific sunset on the 2.5-mile Mori Point Loop.
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The Mission is Mission

Hike to Mission Peak in the East Bay

Signage and a hiking trail with hikers heading toward the hills and Mission Peak in the East Bay
Sign for the peak of Mission Peak in the East Bay and a hiker on the trail
Thousands of hikers and bikers come to test their mettle against Mission Peak and pose with the famous “Mission Peeker” summit pole. This 6-mile out-and-back route happens to be one of the best sunset hikes in the Bay Area.
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