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Book Review: Top Trails: San Francisco Bay Area

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Top Trails: San Francisco Bay Area, by David Weintraub, Wilderness Press, 2004, 294 pages, $13.95 (www.wildernesspress.com). Bay Area day hikers, take note — and take a look at one of the first releases of Wilderness Press’s newest series of trail … Read more

Redwood Outings

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Redwood Regional Park, Alameda County – French Trail: From the Canyon Meadow Staging Area, set a course north along the Stream Trail toward the Skyline Gate. Verdant grassy meadows and shadowy redwood groves trade off as you make your way … Read more

MDIA Diablo Map Update

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Also recently updated is the Trail Map of Mount Diablo State Park, published by the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association (MDIA). Now in its fifth edition, this digitally produced map highlights new public land acquisitions (of several thousands of acres) and … Read more

Crystal Springs Trail Open To Public

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The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) are encouraging the public to get involved with the newly opened Fifield-Cahill Trail in San Mateo County. After more than 30 years of community pressure to … Read more

Peninsula Treasure

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This former home of Italian winemakers, a ’70s commune, and a recluse named Indian Joe saw its share of history before being acquired by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Now it boasts its fair share of easily accessible geological anomalies, diverse wildlife, and spectacular views.

Experience the Bay

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Swimmers plunge into the Bay at Aquatic Park for the swim to Alcatraz and back. Photo by Charles Kennard. The best way to appreciate San Francisco Bay is to experience it firsthand. There’s nothing like getting some spray on your … Read more

Bay Area Reservoirs and Recreational Areas

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There are quite a few reservoirs and artificial lakes in and around the Bay Area that are open to the public for a variety of recreational acitivities. Following is a listing of many of these which, while not necessarily comprehensive, … Read more