About Ann Sieck

Ann Sieck wants to make sure people with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs, can find parks and trails they can enjoy.

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Arrowhead Marsh

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

The fabled “there” in Oakland—one of them, anyway—can be found just north of the airport, close by the Nimitz freeway. ...

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Bullfrog Road stroll

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

Bull Frog Road is one of the few trails from the Sky Oaks trailheads that is not either very steep ...

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Don Edwards Tidelands Trail

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

On Newark Slough Trail you can hike or bike five miles on level bare levees, and with a little luck ...

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Point Isabel to Marina Bay

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

I gave this trail a lukewarm review back in 2008, so I was surprised when we spent a morning there ...

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Dry Creek Tolman Peak Trail

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

Dry Creek Pioneer Park is accessible via its twin Garin Park to the north, but the May Sreet entrance is ...

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Dry Creek Meyer’s Ranch Trail

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

This park’s oxymoronic name applies in summer, when the terraced ridges are tawny and oak trees crowded down cracked clay ...

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Sibley Preserve loop from North Entrance

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

From Sibley Volcanic Preserve’s north trailhead, Quarry Road climbs steep scotch broom-cloaked hillsides directly to the Round Top volcanic area.  ...

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Skyline Trail to Tilden Park

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

From the small parking area on Tunnel Road at the north trailhead of Sibley Volcanic Preserve, Skyline Trail climbs to ...

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China Camp Shoreline Trail

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

Shoreline Trail is just a lovely ramble along the side of the bay in one of the rare places where ...

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Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

This very accessible wetland restoration project offers great bird and wildlife watching. You can take a 4+ mile hike on ...

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Cross Marin Trail South

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

The 2 ½  mile section of this appealing trail south of the park is less heavily used, being mostly unpaved ...

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Cross Marin Trail North

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

The 3.5 mile north part of this appealing trail is almost entirely level and paved, but most of it is ...

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Aquatic Park from north

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

This is the idyllic-looking slender lake you see south of University Avenue from Highway 80, and traffic noise is its ...

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Aquatic Park from Emeryville

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

This is the idyllic-looking slender lake you see south of University Avenue from Highway 80, and traffic noise is its ...

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Contra Loma Regional Park

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

A glossy 30-inch rattlesnake sliding irritably into dry grasses surprised us just as noise from a pump at the "chlorinated ...

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Sobrante Ridge Regional Preserve

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

Here's another hilly "island preserve" where views too often include adjacent subdivisions. But its "manzanita barrens" belie their unpromising name. ...

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Kortum Trail to Goat Rock Road

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

The Sonoma Coast State Beaches north of Bodega Bay are fine places to camp, stroll, investigate tidepools, even surf, though ...

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Quarry Lakes by BART

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

It's a shame that going hiking or swimming so often entails firing up the old greenhouse gas generator. But thanks ...

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Martinez Shoreline

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

This small park is sandwiched between downtown Martinez and the Carquinez Strait. Freighters slide by and the Benicia Bridge gleams ...

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Leona Canyon to Merritt College

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

Most of the East Bay Regional Parks' many open-space stepchildren — isolated patches of protected land — offer a hiker ...

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Mount Wanda with John Muir

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

Hike originally published in the April 2008 issue of Bay Nature magazine The John Muir National Historic Site is a ...

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Don Edwards to Coyote Hills

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

Hike by Ann Sieck, originally published in the October 2009 issue of Bay Nature magazine From Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge ...

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McNee Ranch between breakers and bluff

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

McNee Ranch south of Pacifica is part of the same park and across Highway 1 from Montara State Beach. Its ...

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Hayward Shoreline Grant Avenue entrance

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

In this area, planes descending to the Oakland airport pass overhead every few minutes. The trail, paved at the outset, ...

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Landfill Loop

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

Here’s a close-up look at where our trash goes (the "garbage mountain"), where our gasoline comes from (the Chevron refinery) ...

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Briones Reservoir Oursan Trail

August 13, 2014 by Ann Sieck

If you long to roam in solitude through dark woods and gold-green meadows by a brilliant blue lake, there's no ...

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Valle Vista, King Canyon Loop Trail

September 03, 2013 by Ann Sieck

Hike originally published in the July 2009 issue of Bay Nature magazine Alongside our beloved ridgetop regional parks stretch 27,000 ...

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A New Take on Sibley Preserve

July 01, 2012 by Ann Sieck

Every day, east of Highway 24's Caldecott Tunnel, thousands of commuters hurtle--or crawl--past a fine swath of the East Bay's glorious greenbelt, where just off the highway, the north trailhead of Sibley Volcanic Preserve invites exploration.

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Two Napa Trail Guides

October 01, 2008 by Ann Sieck

Go looking for a hiking guide to the Napa area, and you’re immediately faced with the choice between two books ...

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Equinox Sunrise Wheelchair Hike

October 01, 2006 by Ann Sieck

September 21, 2003, 4:30 a.m., Dan is moving about in the kitchen. There is a plan afoot, so to speak. ...

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Got Wheels?

October 01, 2006 by Ann Sieck

Purisima Creek Preserve The shaded understory at uncrowded Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve on the Peninsula is a delicious place to ...

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On a Roll

October 01, 2006 by Ann Sieck

I was a backpacker from early childhood, and by my 20s thought myself a rugged adventurer, self-sufficient and in close ...

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