It sure wasn’t nostalgia for The Call of the Wild that drew me visit Jack London’s old ranch. No, it was the desire to get out of the Marin/Peninsula/East Bay hamster wheel I’ve been on. Besides, I love any excuse to visit Lagunitas.
Turns out, however, that Jack London was a pretty fascinating dude. He wrote 50 books by the time he died at the age of 40, and traveled to the South Pacific on a boat he had built for he and his wife – for the measly equivalent of $750,000 in today’s dollars. Plus, the guy really knew how to pick a plot of land.
Crowd factor: Enough people that my dad commented on how friendly Bay Area hikers are, but not so many that he grew sick of saying hello to everyone we passed.
Exposure: Mostly shady
Distance: We hiked ~6 miles but there are tons of paths to make it longer or shorter.
Pro tips: Hit up the (free) museum, and don’t bother paying for the map and brochure.
Date hiked: 6/3/17