30 Best Bay Area Hikes Near San Francisco (From a Local)

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The best hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area from a local who spends her weekends hiking them. When I finally decided to move back to the Bay Area, one of the aspects that I was most excited about was being surrounded by California nature again.  I imagined long hikes on the weekends, walking through … Read more

55 Things to do in San Jose, California (From a Bay Area Local)

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The best things to do in San Jose, California – one of the most overlooked cities in the Bay Area. Often neglected in favor of San Francisco and other Bay Area cities like Oakland or Napa, you may be surprised to know that San Jose actually has a larger population than any other city in … Read more

Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve: What to Know Before You Go

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Explore Oakland’s extinct volcano at the Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. This guide gives you everything you need to get the most out of your visit.  Tucked away in the Berkeley Hills, you’ll find Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve.  This is one of the East Bay’s most unique regional parks with features like an extinct volcano, labyrinths, … Read more

Berkeley Fire Trails: Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail & Claremont Canyon

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A tucked-away gem right next to UC Berkeley, this is everything you need to know to hike the Berkeley Fire Trails. The first time I hiked the Berkeley Fire Trails, my boyfriend told me we were going on an easy hike that he used to do in college. He was wearing flip-flops and it was … Read more

12 Best Beaches in Santa Cruz, California (From a Local)

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A local’s guide to the best beaches in Santa Cruz, California, from the hidden to the most popular. Growing up in Santa Cruz, many of my earliest memories involved birthday parties, bonfires, volleyball conditioning, and sunsets on the beaches in Santa Cruz. I guess it’s to be expected if you grow up in a beach … Read more

18 Best Weekend Trips From San Francisco (From a Local)

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The best weekend trips from San Francisco! These are my favorite weekend getaways from the city as someone who grew up in the Bay Area. One of the best parts of living in San Francisco is how centrally located it is in California. There are endless opportunities to get out in nature, take a drive … Read more

9 Places to See Redwoods Near San Francisco (Local’s Guide)

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The best places to see redwoods near San Francisco, from a local who grew up hiking through them.  Walking through a hushed coastal redwood forest in Northern California is perhaps one of the most magical experiences you can have. It’s damp, quiet, peaceful, and you’re surrounded by some of the tallest and oldest trees in … Read more

100+ Things to do in San Francisco, California (From a Local)

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The best things to do in San Francisco! From the best places to eat to iconic attractions and local experiences. These are my recommendations after 20+ years of visiting and living in the city. Known for its ridiculous hills, tech scene, and mouthwatering sourdough, San Francisco is easily one of the most eclectic cities in … Read more

3 Outdoor Date Ideas in the Bay Area (To Enjoy During Quarantine)

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My favorite quarantine-friendly outdoor date ideas in the Bay Area to enjoy year-round!  This post is sponsored by CamelBak, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. If there’s one thing I’m thankful for in 2020 it’s the reminder to slow down and get outside more. I’ve always been fond of outdoor adventures, … Read more

14 Best Hikes in San Francisco, California (From a Local)

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The best hikes in San Francisco! These are the best hiking spots around the city for good views and getting the good kind of lost in nature. No driving necessary.  

Although there are various hiking opportunities and parks around the Bay Area and beyond, a lot of people don’t realize how many hiking opportunities there are within San Francisco as well.

If you’re not looking to go too far from the city, especially right now with shelter in place orders still in effect indefinitely, there are plenty of options to get out in nature without having to leave the city.

With its hilly nature and almost never-too-hot climate, San Francisco is truly an ideal city to go hiking around.

Yes, San Francisco can be chilly, foggy, and windy at times.

But as long as you dress appropriately, it can be an enjoyable place for urban and coastal hikes near the bay.

Plus, hiking in San Francisco means you’ll get a good calf workout AND great views pretty much anywhere you go because of the city’s famous hills.

These are my picks for the best hikes in San Francisco for those looking to get out in nature without having to drive outside of the city.

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