Spring for These Summits

The wildflowers are flowing, the green hills are rolling, and things are looking up! Way up. Head out and up to these three Bay Area peak hikes bringing some spring bling!

Week: 04.19.2023
Regions: Northern CA

Maisie Peak & The Seven

Hike Maisie Peak and Seven Springs Loop in Fremont Older Open Space Preserve

Bag a peak, see some wildflowers—it’s the best of both worlds on this 5-mile loop at Fremont Older Open Space Preserve. You’ll stand atop Maisie’s Peak and enjoy a walk through the Seven Springs Loop.
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Waterfalls, Wildflowers, Wildlife

The Great Outdoors of Plumas County

Wildflowers and a barn in Plumas County
hikers enjoying wildflowers in Plumas County
Talk about good timing! When waterfalls and wildflowers begin fading in other places, there’s an outdoors mecca that’ll be freshly blooming—and H2O booming: Plumas County!
The Great Outdoors of Plumas County

Barnabe Bonanza

Hike to the Panoramic Summit of Barnabe Peak in Samuel P Taylor State Park

Woman with her arms outstretched to the rolling hills scenery while on a rock outcrop at Barnabe Peak in Samuel P Taylor Sate Park in Marin
Woman crossing a bridge over Devils Gulch Creek in Samuel P Taylor State Park
Woman hiking up Barnabe Fire Road in Samuel P Taylor State Park in Marin
Woman standing at the top of Barnabe Peak, looking out to Tomales Point and Bodega Bay
Sure, there are higher mountains in Marin (Mount Tam) and easier ascents (Mount Burdell), but is there a more expansive North Bay view? Barnabe Peak in Samuel P. Taylor State Park offers a glorious panorama including Mount Tam, Mount Diablo, and Mount St. Helena.
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Hello, Sunol

Hike Sunol Regional Park for Wildflowers

Person taking a hiking break sitting on a bench overlooking scenery at Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve
Hiker on trail at Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve
purple wildflowers alongside a hiking trail at Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve
It's one of the grandest hikes of them all: Sunol Regional Park positively beams in spring. Take the grand tour and see major landmarks in the park on a 6-mile (round-trip) hike featuring babbling brooks, beautiful peaks, and burgeoning wildflowers.
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