Wilderness, Wildflowers, Waterfalls

Don’t look now, but the long winter is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Celebrate longer days with a classic spring hike. These Bay Area gems are filled with green hills, budding wildflowers, and some chugging waterfalls.

Week 03.10.2021
Regions Northern CA

Tam It All

Hike to Cataract Falls on Mount Tam in Marin

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Woman walking dog over hills
The hills have gone green just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, and this 7.5-mile lollipop loop hike passes through some of Mount Tam’s lushest spots, with bridges, creeks, a waterfall, and big views.
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Ready When You Are: Reno Tahoe

Wide Open Winter Adventures in Reno Tahoe

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Reno Tahoe snowshoe woman in forest
Man in hot spring in Reno Tahoe
beer on tap at Alibi Reno Tahoe
With outdoors being essential for health and wellness, and new protocols in place, Reno Tahoe welcomes visitors! It's wide open with snowshoe trails, fire pits by the river, skating, and hot springs.
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Ohlone Time

Hike to Murietta Falls in Ohlone Wilderness Regional Preserve

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Woman hiking in the Ohlone Wilderness in the East Bay
Woman hiking in the Ohlone Wilderness in the East Bay
Woman hiking in the Ohlone Wilderness in the East Bay
The hills have gone green just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, and this 7.5-mile lollipop loop hike passes through some of Mount Tam’s lushest spots, with bridges, creeks, a waterfall, and big views.
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Find Your Flow

Hike the Waterfall Loop at Uvas Canyon County Park

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Far back in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Uvas Canyon County Park is a compact, tree-filled delight with hiking trails and several waterfalls bunched into a loop along Swanson Creek and amid lush forest.
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  3. Bird Rock

    Other than the Birdman of Alcatraz, Robert Stroud, birds aren’t typically the first thing you think of with Alcatraz. When it was a working prison there wasn’t much bird life. But now? Well, the birds are back!

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  4. Forest Bathe Under the Redwoods

    Giant Douglas firs and a peaceful madrone- and tanoak-studded forest make the hiking at Sanborn County Park sublime, but there’s an added majesty here thanks to the Todd Creek Redwoods Grove.

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    Monterey Bay Aquarium Reopens!

    The wildlife has been waiting patiently … and now, at long last, they’re ready for their close-ups! As California reopens make new memories at the reopened Monterey Bay Aquarium!

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    Escondido’s Lake Hodges is one of the most beautiful lake settings in San Diego, with Kumeyaay history, phenomenal birdwatching, a world-record-holding bridge, and a resident lake monster!  Do a 5.5-mile shoreline hike here ...  

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  4. Go For Guajome

    Head to Guajome County Park in Oceanside for a hidden lake twofer hike via a 4-mile loop trail traversing most of the 394-acre haven.

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