One of the best parts about living in the Bay Area is the lack of winter weather. It means you can get out and hit the trails year-round. And the best part about hiking when there is a bit of a chill in the air? Less crowded pathways and more room to explore.
Here is a list of spots on the peninsula for a little winter hike:
Nestled in the Diablo Range surrounding San Jose, Mount Hamilton offers sweeping views of the entire South Bay and Santa Clara Valley. Be careful on the drive up, as the roads are twisty, but the view and trails are worth it. There is a 35.9-mile out-and-back trail or shorter walks around the James Lick Observatory. Take your pick.
Perfect for a winter hike with your pup, Coal Creek Preserve offers several trails with 2 or 3-mile loops. Take in views of the entire Bay Area from the open grassland ridges or explore one of the hidden seasonal waterfalls – only found during the wetter winter months.
The Marin Headlands are picture-perfect year-round, but check out Tomales Bay Trail for an afternoon of family fun. At the northern point of Point Reyes National Seashore, hike over 9.7 miles of trails and look for elk, birds, and wildflowers along the way. Make sure to dress appropriately, as the winds pick up in the winter.
Take the Tiburon Ferry out to Angel Island for a 4.5-mile hike to the Mount Livermore summit. The views are incredible. Pro tip? Time your hike with the sunset and enjoy spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge as the sun dips below the horizon. Don’t forget your headlamp for the hike back, or grab a camping permit and stay the night.
Hike to the top of Mission Peak and you’ll be rewarded with views of Mount Hamilton to the south, the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west, Mt. Tamalpais to the north, and Mt. Diablo and the Sierra Nevada to the northeast. Keep an eye out for the goats that roam the cliffs.
Perched on a hill high above the UC Berkeley campus, enjoy hiking and biking with incredible views. Another excellent place to watch the sunset, make sure to arrive early and snag parking.
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See you on the trail!