One great city. 600 outdoor public stairways. 109 miles in ten sequential routes. Take a hike a month, or combine them into one multi-day hike. This is the most creative, surprising, and flat-out fun trip we have ever taken.
What: Four short backpacking trips.
Where: Marin County, California.
When: 2010-2015; (2-5 days each).
Distance: 41-96 miles.
What: on and off trail beach and coast hiking.
Where: Point Reyes National Seashore.
When: April 2-7 2009 (6 days).
Distance: about 120 miles
What: beach and coast hike.
Where: Monterey Bay from Santa Cruz to Point Pinos.
When: Feb 3-5, 2011 (3 days).
Distance: about 55 miles.
What: scenic trail hike through 58 parks.
Where: Diablo Range, east of SF Bay.
Distance: about 203 miles.
Highlights: habitat and scenic diversity; mix of remote hiking and trail corridors through towns; spectacular SF Bay views; easy access via public transit.
What: Big Coe Loop Route Guide.
Where: Henry Coe State Park southeast of San Jose, California.
Distance: about 74 miles.
Highlights: Perimeter walk around the Bay Area's largest and wildest park.
What: Trail hiking, some of it on obscure trails.
Where: Ventana Wilderness, Los Padres NF.
When: Nov 12-14, 2010 and Nov 26-28, 2011 (3 days).
Distance: about 29 miles.
What: Trail hiking through the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Where: Palo Alto to Santa Cruz, California.
When: Nov 24-26, 2010 (3 days).
Distance: about 65 miles.
What: Overview of Coe State Park.
Where: Diablo Range, southeast of San Jose.
When: 1984 to present, over 300 days.
Highlights: Big area to hike in, camp almost anywhere, few people, rugged terrain, classic CA Oak Savannah.
What: Trail hiking, some of it on abandoned and obscure trails.
Where: Silver Peak Wilderness in Los Padres NF.
When: Nov 22-25, 2012 (4 days).
Distance: about 79 miles.