Fallen Leaf Lake

Updated on Friday, May 14, 2021

A quick outing to Fallen Leaf Lake (close to Lake Tahoe) while skiing over the New Year.

(3.97 miles, total elevation gain 738 feet, 1 hour 36 minutes (average 2.49 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 38.905, -120.022733.

(Related: Bon Tempe Lake; Lake Merced; Las Trampas Wilderness)

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Oakland Hills (Longer Walk)

Updated on Saturday, July 18, 2020

Oakland Hills Longer Hike

Longer walk in the Oakland Hills, up the East ridge and then back down the West ridge.

Rudy and Gill

(8.63 miles, total elevation gain 3,976 feet, 3 hours 1 minutes (average 2.86 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 37.806533, -122.148783.

(Related: Oakland Hills; Hill 88; Las Trampas Wilderness)

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Fort Funston

Updated on Saturday, July 18, 2020

Fort Funston Hike

Fort Funston was part of San Francisco's WWII era coastal defenses and is now a dog friendly part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Sand Ladder at Fort Funston

Rudy pegs it down Sand Ladder Trail - the easiest way down to the beach but no so much fun on the way back up.

Battery Davis at Fort Funston

Battery Davis.

Rudy at Fort Funston

(2.62 miles, total elevation gain 417 feet, 1 hour 25 minutes (average 1.84 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 37.714383, -122.502167.

(Related: Lands End; Crissy Field; Hill 88)

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Las Trampas Wilderness

Updated on Monday, February 15, 2021

Las Trampas Wilderness Hike

Las Trampas (the Traps - for elk apparently) is a steep climb up to a gorgeous ridge followed by a slow wind back to the staging area. We wimped out of adding a detour to Devil's Hole due to the heat and the advice of a fellow hiker.

Rudy and Gill at Las Trampas

Rudy and Gill with Mt. Diablo in the background.

Rudy at Las Trampas

Rudy, forced to walk up the hill again just for a photo.

(4.86 miles, total elevation gain 2,920 feet, 2 hours 7 minutes (average 2.29 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 37.816233, -122.051267.

(Related: Hill 88; Lands End; Oakland Hills (Longer Walk))

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Golden Gate Park

Updated on Saturday, July 18, 2020

Golden Gate Park Hike

A quick walk around the Golden Gate park, past the Buffalo paddock and stadium.

Buffalo at Golden Gate Park

I only had the camera phone, so this is a very blury picture.

Turtles on Tree at Golden Gate Park

And there are some turtles on this tree, really!

(3.32 miles, total elevation gain 915 feet, 1 hour 14 minutes (average 2.68 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 37.771517, -122.474917.

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Oakland Hills

Updated on Saturday, July 18, 2020

Oakland Hills Hike

Quick walk around the Oakland Hills, no photos this time.

(4.68 miles, total elevation gain 2,697 feet, 2 hours 3 minutes (average 2.28 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 37.830983, -122.18615.

(Related: Oakland Hills (Longer Walk); Hill 88; Las Trampas Wilderness)

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Point Reyes - Drakes Estero

Updated on Saturday, July 18, 2020

Drakes Estero Hike

A pleasant, undulating hike along Drakes Estero (see north district trails, PDF) to Sunset Beach and back.

Gill at Drakes Estero

Gill illustrates the length of Drakes Estero.

Rob at Drakes Estero

Rob slowly sinking into the mud on Sunset Beach.

Striped shore crab at Drakes Estero

I think this is a striped shore crab, saw a couple of these guarding the approach to the beach.

(7.71 miles, total elevation gain 1,594 feet, 2 hours 48 minutes (average 2.76 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 38.081683, -122.9142.

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Hill 88

Updated on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Hill 88 Hike

Hill 88 is a favorite walk when the Marin headlands are free from fog. Starting from Fort Cronkhite the Coastal Trail winds up to Hill 88 at 960ft, past various WWII era coastal defenses. Cross the ridge and descend down Wolf Ridge Trail and Miwok Trail to complete a 4.5 mile loop.

Rodeo Beach

Rodeo Beach viewed from the Coastal Trail. As you ascend there are views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco.

Battery Townsley

Battery Townsley, one of several coastal defenses passed on the walk.

Mount Tamalpais from Wolf Ridge Trail

View of Mount Tamalpais as you begin to descend Wolf Ridge Trail.

(4.56 miles, total elevation gain 1,142 feet, 1 hour 38 minutes (average 2.79 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 37.832683, -122.526217.

Updated 2021-09-07 17:55:

Hill 88

Having done this walk many times I would now recommend doing it counterclockwise. You get a nice flat stretch to warm up, a fairly steady climb to the top and then can enjoy the ocean views on the way down if the fog is cooperating.

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San Francisco from Hill 88

San Francisco from Hill 88

(Related: Teague Hill Preserve; Remnants in the Sunset; Lands End)

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Bernal Hill

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020
Bernal Hill

Closest walk from home is a quick trip round Bernal Hill for views of downtown San Francisco and three bridges.

(0.83 miles, total elevation gain 292 feet, 23 minutes (average 2.12 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 37.74355, -122.417583.

(Related: Mariposa Loop; Point Reyes - Tomales Point; Crissy Field)

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