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

Catalina Island Hiking Guide: Best Trails & Viewpoints on the Island

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Your complete Catalina Island hiking guide! These are the best trails and viewpoints to discover a completely different side of the island. Dusty hiking trails, calf-burning hills, coastal views everywhere you look, palm trees framing scenic bays, ocean breezes, wildlife, and civilization that’s never too far away – this is what you can expect with … 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

15 Best Hikes in Orange County, California (Where to Hit the Trail)

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The best hikes in Orange County! From panoramic ocean views to wildflowers, cascading waterfalls, and where to see local wildlife along the way. Orange County, California is one of the best places in Southern California to enjoy 42 miles of coastline and 278 days of sunshine. It’s no surprise then that Orange County is most … Read more

13 Best Malibu Hikes: From Waterfalls to Coastal Views 

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The best Malibu hikes! From waterfalls to coastal views, skip the beach and hit the trails to explore another side of Malibu, California. Malibu is famous for its scenic beaches, celebrity culture, and gorgeous coastal real estate. What you might not know about Malibu though is that it also has some of the best hiking … Read more

12 Best Santa Cruz Hikes (From a Local Who Grew Up Hiking Them)

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From redwoods to coastal views, these are the best Santa Cruz hikes from a local who grew up hiking them.  There’s a lot to love about Santa Cruz but perhaps one of the biggest draws to this coastal town is just how much nature there is to explore within the county.  As someone who grew … 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