Several people walk the meditation labyrinth at Lands End Point with Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

Lands End Loop: Sutro Baths, China Beach & Cliff House 
 5.2 miles – 916 ft.

This quintessential hike on the northwestern shore of the city of San Francisco (Lands End) offers one of my favorite views of the Golden Gate…

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A hiker crouching beneath a downed tree is dwarfed by the towering redwoods.

Armstrong Redwoods Loop 
 2.3 miles – 473 ft.

When visiting the Russian River Valley for a weekend wine getaway, it’s always good to mix a little exercise in with the indulgence. Armstrong Redwoods…

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A tufa rises from the waters of Mono Lake

Mono Lake: South Tufa and Navy Beach 
1.7 miles – 97 ft.

The Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve is a wonder of nature. It’s a saltwater lake that is 2-1/2 times as salty as the ocean…

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Majestic, oft-snow-covered peaks surround McLeod Lake

Inyo National Forest: McLeod Lake Loop 
less than 2 miles – 1025 ft.

The Mammoth high country in the Eastern Sierras (just to the east of Yosemite) offers great camping and hiking away from the national park crowds….

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The dock and general store at China Camp Village

China Camp Loop 
8.5 miles – 700 ft.

China Camp State Park gets its name from the historic fishing village that thrived along the shoreline here in the 1880s. At one time the…

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A movie-perfect view of the Pacific coast.

Coastal Trail: Tennessee Valley to Pelican Inn 9.7 miles – 2386 ft.

The stretch of the Coastal Trail from Tennessee Valley to Muir Beach is one of my all-time favorites in the Bay Area with postcard perfect…

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A narrow, windy trail along the spine of a ridge outcropping leads to the giant's nose

Sleeping Giant (Nounou Mtn.) East Trail 
4 miles – 1,200 feet

Nounou Mountain aka Sleeping Giant is one of the more popular hikes on the east shore of Kauai for good reasons. The hike is fairly…

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The end of the trail feels like the edge of the world.

Koke’e State Park via Nu’alolo Valley Trail 
7.6 miles – 1,600+ feet

If you are looking for a really tough hike in the Waimea Canyon region, you’ll inevitably get a recommendation for the 11-mile loop on the…

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It was worth the hillside scramble to get to the bottom of the Lower Ho'opi'i Falls for a gorgeous lunch break on the rocks.

Ho’opi’i Falls hike 
2.2 miles – 563 feet

If you want a hike in Kauai that takes you off-the-beaten path to waterfalls that mostly only locals know about, this hike is for you….

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View from the picnic area of the Makaleha Mountain Range.

Kuilau Ridge Trail 
4.5 miles – 845 feet

The Kuilau Ridge Trail is an easy hike convenient to the east shore of Kauai that offers some gorgeous views of Mount Waialeale and the…

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