Trail Trekkers Forge a New Path in El Cerrito


Since 2012, the El Cerrito nonprofit ECTT has built two new trails: Motorcycle Hill Trail and another called Lower Snowdon Trail. Both of these are in the Hillside Natural Area, 85 acres of city-owned open space in El Cerrito.

TRAC Chair Bruce Beyaert celebrating the opening of a new Bay trail segment in Richmond.

Trailblazing with TRAC’s Bruce Beyaert


This year, the Trails for Richmond Action Committee (TRAC) is celebrating its 15th year as the leading advocacy group for completion of the San Francisco Bay Trail along the Richmond shoreline. TRAC’s chair and co-founder is Bruce Beyaert, a longtime … Read more

Helping Restore Hamilton Wetland from the Ground Up


Several thousand of the 60,000 plants intended to ultimately go into the ground at the Hamilton Wetland restoration site will arrive there via the hands of young Marin residents as part of the Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed Program.

Oasis on Mount Diablo: Perkins Canyon’s Trial By Fire


The Morgan Fire transformed more than 3,100 acres of meadow, chaparral, and woodland on Mount Diablo’s south and east sides, including Perkins Canyon. “It was a once-in-
a-generation event,” says Seth Adams — the biggest fire on the mountain since 1977.

Getting Back On the Trail


Longtime hiker and mobility coach Jayah Faye Paley turned her passion for the outdoors into a mission to get people back on their feet – and back on the trail  – using the power of hiking poles. BN: Are you from … Read more

gray whale, San Ignacio Lagoon

Roam If You Want To


A life-changing accident gave former Cal academic Ronn Patterson  time to think long and hard about his life path.  He ended up founding Dolphin Charters, which leads guided natural history cruises and photo expeditions to wildlife hotspots in North and … Read more