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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

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.

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

Elkhorn Slough: Further Exploration

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There are two kayak launch sites for Elkhorn Slough: Kirby Park and Moss Landing Harbor District Launch Site (just north of Moss Landing). You can rent kayaks at the latter site. Be sure to check tide and weather conditions before … Read more

Exploring the Marin Headlands

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To familiarize yourself with all the Marin Headlands have to offer, start at the National Park Service’s Marin Headlands Visitor Center. There, browse their historical and natural history exhibits, tap into their educational resources on the Miwok Indians or the … Read more

Camping in the Bay Area

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This spring, plan a sleepover date with nature right here. With dozens of campgrounds within easy commuting distance, Bay Area residents have plenty of options for stealing away for a refreshing night out in the wild. Do you want to camp in the redwoods? Spend a night on the coast? Or greet the sunrise in a field of ancient oaks? Why not all three?