Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
Miles of trail: 10.9
Hours: Dawn to half hour after sunset
Limitations: No dogs
Driving directions: Take I-280 to Page Mill Road exit. Go west on Page Mill for 8.6 miles to Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35). Go south one mile; park entrance is on the west side of Skyline.
Bay Area Hikes
- Mission Peak Regional Preserve - East Bay Regional Park
- Nice area with lots of steep, foothill trails. Very popular, but if you avoid the main trail, you can find some peace, even on weekends.
Pinnacles National Monument
This place is GORGEOUS. And only a few hours away. Been itching to visit the place for years, but the recent Bay Area Backroads program gave me the itch I had to scratch. Parking gets crowed in the summer (which sucks!), but it's worth a little extra hike to see and explore the park. But it is popular, so best to explore on a weekday or off season.