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  1. A Cornucopia of Adventure

    Get ready for a different type of feast: a cornucopia of outdoor adventures! These local hikes and bike rides are more fun than your uncle on his third eggnog.

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  2. Peak Condition

    When the rain has scrubbed the sky clean, it's time to head for the hills. In fact, it's time to head for local peaks! These summit hikes deliver with rolling hill scenery, plenty of greenery, a splash of fall color, and of course grand views.

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  3. Marsh Mellow

    Add some wingspan to your next adventure. Go on a waterside hike or bike ride at these restored and resplendent Bay Area wetland preserves offering tranquil outdoors and the company of feathered friends.

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    Adventure Plan Portland

    With the Willamette River running through it and Mt. Hood rising crisply on the horizon, Portland is well-known for its exceptional food, coffee, culture, and beer scene. But it’s also an ideal basecamp for branching out into nature and a bevy of outdoor adventures within city limits and just beyond.

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  5. Coastal Camping and Hiking for Fall

    Rugged headlands, sandy beaches, sensational ocean sunsets ... camp, hike, and relax at these beautiful spots with classic coastal scenery.

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  6. Fall Hikes with a Hint of Haunted

    It’s Halloween weekend, so scare up some outdoor adventures that are ‘fall’ of charm with just a hint of haunted...

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  7. Out You H2-Go!

    Okay, who did the rain dance?! Bring it on! Getting some much needed rain doesn't have to dampen your outdoors spirit. From waterfalls to redwoods here are five autumn adventures where it's okay to get a bit wet. All you have to do is find your rain boots!

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  8. Hill Yeah!

    These three parks and preserves have short hikes to brilliant vistas, and they're pretty in autumn. Bonus wine and sunsets.

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  9. Celebrate the Giants With These Other Giants

    In honor of the San Francisco Giants getting to the postseason in record-setting fashion, celebrate with some of Northern California's other beloved giants: redwoods!

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  10. H2-Go for Autumn

    Rivers, lakes, estuaries—there's something so calming about water. Dip into fall with one of these easygoing paddle and waterside hike adventures.

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  11. Put These Hikes On Your Radar

    Some of the most panoramic viewpoints in the Bay Area are also home to former and current radar stations. Be sure to put these hikes on your own radar!

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  12. South Bay Outdoor Bounties

    While we all still cling to summer, the truth is fall's bounty is at our doorstep. So step outside and greet the new season in South Bay style with a classic hike, an urban bike ride, and some time at the ranch ....

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  13. Hike-in, Bike-in Beaches

    September’s a great time to visit the coastline. These are some classic places where you can take your pick between hiking, biking, even snagging a campsite for fall …

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  14. San Francisco September Spectacular

    We’re thinking about people affected by California’s multiple fires — stay safe! And with the closures of all National Forests in California for a couple of weeks, outdoor recreation is getting squeezed. So isn’t it time for some adventures in America’s most beautiful city? These San Francisco hikes and park explorations are September spectacular.

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    Adventure Plan Portland

    With the Willamette River running through it and Mt. Hood rising crisply on the horizon, Portland is well-known for its exceptional food, coffee, culture, and beer scene. But it’s also an ideal basecamp for branching out into nature and a bevy of outdoor adventures within city limits and just beyond.

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  16. Redwood Hikes for Respite

    Resilient and resoundingly beautiful, redwoods are a treasure in California's landscape, and a canopy of quiet for looking wayyy up for a new perspective. Venture out on these beautiful hikes featuring redwood groves for respite.

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  17. Coasting Along

    These aren't just hikes to great Pacific and Bay views, these are hikes to great views enjoyed with a swing, bench, picnic table, or labyrinth. Sea it to believe it!

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  18. Chicken Soup for the Hiker's Soul

    Like chicken soup for the soul, there’s just something about the Marin Headlands that’s comforting. From the hidden hike-in beaches and vast coastal views with golden sunsets, go get your headlands fix on these coastal comfort hikes.

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  19. How to Lose the Crowds in National Parks

    A magical thing happens when you hike just a mile or two from trailheads in popular national parks: Crowds begin to disappear. Even better, go backpacking to really have solitude. These trips in Yosemite, Zion, Point Reyes, and Channel Islands are out-of-office adventure havens.

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  20. Beaches Less Known

    Beaches are calling, but a few sandy secrets simply whisper among the waves or shorelines across the Bay Area and North Coast. This summer, hike-in to these beaches less traveled.

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  21. Waterside Rides

    The wind in your hair, the scent of the sea, the thirst-quenching beers … who’s ready for a waterside bike ride? These beginner-friendly pedals range from a national park seashore to an island in the sea, with a riverside cruiser to beers in between. Roll call for summer!

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  22. Hike San Francisco!

    No disrespect to our beautiful parks, but you can go on an amazing hike right in the city! San Francisco is one of the country's most walkable and beautiful cities—and a perfect place to take a hike (including one that's a historical treasure hunt).

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  1. Big Wave Hiking

    Pillar Point Bluff's amazing trail system is a coastal haven most popular for being the best spot to watch the famed Mavericks surf break in winter. But this place is beautiful year round for hiking.

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  2. Sweet and Salty

    Located on Highway 1 about 18 miles north of Jenner, Salt Point State is wild, scenic, and one of the most beautiful places to do some classic coastal camping.

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  3. Up Umunhum

    Rising from the Santa Cruz Mountains, Mount Umunhum is one of the Bay Area’s highest points, reaching an impressive 3,486 feet. With the new 7.4-mile (round-trip) addition to the Bay Area Ridge Trail, locals can finally step up to its peak.

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  4. Barnabe Bonanza

    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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  1. Secret Stair Master!

    Step up to a wonderful 2-mile, nearly 1000-step workout in peaceful Pasadena that is part leg labor, part suburban stroll, and all serene secret.

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  2. Hidden Stairway in Silver Lake

    Life in Los Angeles can be vibrant in so many ways, including stairways! This hidden stairway hike in Silver Lake features colorfully artistic and historic steps via 1.5 miles, four unique staircases, and countless local food options for a bite to eat.

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  3. Apple of Your Eye

    That fall feeling is definitely in the air and on display at the Oak Glen Preserve. Apple orchards and colorful leaves are a bonus, as are the apple cider donuts and slushies you can enjoy post-hike.

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  4. Hidden Trio

    A trio of hidden canyons is often found in more remote places, but they're also on this urban walk in the serene hills of eastside’s Mount Washington. Head here for a beautiful 7-mile (round-trip) neighborhood tour of historic homes, ample greenspace, and, yes, three hidden canyons.

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