McLaren Park

When I think of hikes in and around the city, I think of Mt. Davidson, Fort Funston, Lands End. I’d never heard of McLaren Park before this year, when my friend recommended we check it out. I guess it makes sense that it wasn’t on my radar, as apparently it used to be a place […]

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Portola Redwoods State Park

Summer hiking in the Bay Area is tricky. You get out of the seven square miles of the city and all of a sudden it’s really, truly summer. And when it’s 99 degrees in the South Bay, that means a lot of trails can be miserable. Not the ones inside of Portola Redwoods State Park, […]

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Mt. Sanitas via Lion’s Lair Trail

Four or so years ago, a group of girlfriends and I assembled in Santa Fe for a long weekend. We had finished grad school together the year before, and subsequently scattered back around the country. So this trip was our reunion, and it included everything we loved: hiking, games, wine, spa, great food, ridiculous conversation. […]

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Carson Falls

My friends had two requests as I researched this hike: views and something easy. So when I saw pictures of flowing waterfalls and read that it was only three and a half miles, I was confident that this hike would deliver on both. Oops. It’s not actually that the trail to Carson Falls is hard. […]

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