Bay Area Hiking
I never used to hike much. At most, I was more of a stroller
than a hiker. However, when my doctor told me to get more exercise, I started
hiking more after work and on weekends at nearby parks and open space preserves.
I soon discovered what a wonderful place the Bay Area is for hiking. The
Santa Cruz and Diablo mountain ranges that rim the Bay and the Bay itself
provide thousands of acres of public land and hundreds of miles of trails.
Much of these are within easy access of the Bay Area cities, providing
quick escapes for city-dwellers looking for exercise, great views, or peace
and solitude. I wrote an essay about these open
spaces. These areas are particularly beautiful after the winter rains
start to green up the hills. I wrote about the green
hills on another page. So far, I've mostly hiked around the South Bay
and southern Peninsula. Eventually, I hope to explore the East Bay more,
particularly the Mount Diablo area. Marin County has some particularly
spectacular trails, especially around Mount Tamalpais and Point Reyes,
so I hope to visit them on weekend trips. So here are some places for hiking
and strolling in the Bay Area. I'll list these for now, and add details
as I get to them.
Santa Clara County Parks and City Parks (with a major focus on Almaden Quicksilver and Santa Teresa County Parks)
San Mateo County Parks
Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District Preserves
National Parks and Monuments
East Bay Parks
Two Great Programs for Bay Area Hiking
Other Hiking Links
You can E-mail me with your own opinions, and I may publish them here.
Click here to read my essay on open space.
Click here to return to my Bay Area Back Pages Home Page
If you have comments, questions, tips, or suggestions, email me at RHORII@prodigy.net
Ron Horii, San Jose
Created 10/8/97. Last update: 8/1/98, migrated & repaired 7/29/11