Hiker walking on a trail festooned by lupine wildflowers at Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve

Short & Quiet Hikes in the Bay Area

You don’t have to “go long” to have an outdoor adventure. These three quieter preserves and parks across the Bay Area offer small hikes with big scenery, lingering greenery, zen spots, seasonal flowers, and redwoods.

Week: 04.06.2022
Regions: Northern CA

Hidden Wilds of Healdsburg

Hike the Less Traveled Healdsburg Open Space Preserve

Hiker at Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve hiking amid lupine wildflowers
Hiker passing trail sign for All the Oaks Trail and Ridge Trail at Healdsburg Ridge Open Space
Hiker crouching to take a phone photo of lupine wildflowers at Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve
Hiker on trail festooned by lupine wildflowers at Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve
When you arrive at Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve, you may wonder what could possibly be tucked behind a subdivision. But within minutes of hiking in this 155-acre preserve, the beauty reveals itself: majestic oak trees, wetland, spring wildflowers, and wowing views of the Mayacama Mountains and Russian River.
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Guide to the Best Wildflower Walks

POST's Digital Guide to Wildflower Walks

POST digital guide to wildflower hikes
purple wildflower
California Poppy flower
Coyote Valley wildflower hike
Where will you wildflower this season? Check out POST’s 2022 digital guide to Wildflower Walks and find the best in bloom around the Peninsula and South Bay.
The Best Wildflower Walks

Sibley Amazement

Labyrinth Hike at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in the East Bay

Labyrinth Hike at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in the East Bay
A 10-million-year-old volcano and a couple of labyrinths are part of this 2.2-mile hike in the Oakland Hills at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve.
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Simply Wunderful

Hike the Woodlands and Redwoods of Wunderlich Park

Hike among redwoods at Wunderlich Park
Hike the mixed evergreen woodland and coast redwoods in the South Bay's Wunderlich Park. Sunlight filters naturally through the trees on this lovely 3.4-mile lollipop loop.
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