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 over bridge in woodland
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

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

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

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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