Richards Fire Road

Richards Fire Road

Richards Fire Road

A 4 mile loop starting at Skyline Boulevard and descending through dense forest from 2,000 feet to McGarvey Flat at 1,380 before ascending in slightly brighter but still shaded conditions. Perfect on a warm day. This is in Huddart Park in San Mateo county, just the other side of 35 from Purisima Creek. The hyperlapse video shows the second half of the hike.

Hike starts at: 37.429281, -122.312027. View in Google Earth.

Coastal and Julian loop plus Black Sands Beach

Coastal and Julian loop plus Black Sands Beach

Coastal and Julian loop plus Black Sands Beach

Coastal and Julian loop plus Black Sands Beach

A four mile loop in the Marin Headlands including the beach detour. It starts at the roundabout and goes up to Hawk Hill and Nike missile control site. Then it plunges down the coastal road to the Black Sands Beach parking lot. If you go down to the beach (which you should) you then have a steep climb back up and take Upper Fisherman's Trial back down into Rodeo Valley before heading uphill again on Julian trail to the roundabout. Great views back over Rodeo Valley in addition to the dramatic descent down the coast mean this is worth doing once. Around a third of the hike is pretty close to the road which is the only real downside of this loop.

Hike starts at: 37.833262, -122.494321. View in Google Earth.

Coronavirus Hikes: July 2020

Coronavirus Hikes: July 2020

Coronavirus Hikes: July 2020

Hike starts at: 37.742189, -122.471394. View in Google Earth.

Hazelnut Trail

Hazelnut Trail

Hazelnut Trail

Hazelnut Trail in San Pedro Valley Park, Pacifica. $6 vehicle fee. Currently one way so very socially distanced.

Hike starts at: 37.577953, -122.475309. View in Google Earth.

Devils Kitchen

Devils Kitchen

Devils Kitchen

Four and a half mile out and back hike from the Warner Valley area of Lassen Volcanic National Park to the Devils Kitchen.

Hike starts at: 40.442054, -121.393882. View in Google Earth.

McArthur-Burney Falls

McArthur-Burney Falls

McArthur-Burney Falls

Short hike taking in the spectacular McArthur-Burney Falls.

Hike starts at: 41.01255, -121.650831. View in Google Earth.

Lake Helen

Lake Helen

It's three quarters of a mile round Lake Helen, not really worth doing unless you're waiting for someone to finish paddling...

Hike starts at: 40.467433, -121.508604. View in Google Earth.

McCloud River Trail (Three Waterfalls)

McCloud River Trail (Three Waterfalls)

McCloud River Trail (Three Waterfalls)

McCloud River Trail (Three Waterfalls)

McCloud River Trail (Three Waterfalls)

A four mile out and back hike taking in three waterfalls along the McCloud River near Mt Shasta.

Hike starts at: 41.240749, -122.024747. View in Google Earth.

Bumpass Hell

Updated on Friday, July 31, 2020

Bumpass Hell

Bumpass Hell

Third time lucky - Bumpass Hell was open for my third trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park. It's a three mile out and back with great views and of course a whole bunch of geothermal features at the end. The trail winds gently up to Bumpass Hell where there is a steep and surprisingly slippery descent (and an alternate route back up for a very small loop at the end of the trail). Very glad to have finally hiked it.

(Previously: Lassen Star Trails)

Hike starts at: 40.465403, -121.514653. View in Google Earth.

Coronavirus Hikes: June 2020

Coronavirus Hikes: June 2020

Coronavirus Hikes: June 2020

Starting to leave San Francisco. Photo is of Bird Island in the Marin Headlands. 39.1 unique miles.

Hike starts at: 37.741862, -122.471579. View in Google Earth.