One great city. 600 outdoor public stairways. 120 miles in eleven 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: 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.