Waterfall hikes. San Francisco South Bay and Peninsula edition

Winter brings rain, and with the rains, waterfalls season starts. When mountains and their mighty falls are still covered with the deep snow, Bay Area local waterfalls bring joy. This list includes waterfalls located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Except for Long Ridge, you will need to pay for parking or entrance. Uvas Canyon also…

Hazy Hike at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Fall Creek Unit

It was a smoky November. So hazy, one cannot see ridges around Bay Area. Even coast had poor air quality. We spent two weekends in a row doing nothing, and I felt anxious. Dunno how I decided that redwood forests on the west side of Santa Cruz Mountains should be okay to hike. Visit of…

Rancho San Vicente

When I think about Spring, I think about wildflowers. The month-plus long blooming season is a great time here in the area. Almost all surrounding mountains have places where to find patches with flowers. Two years in a row we drove to Calero County Park. And this year, I wanted to do it again. On…

Big Basin State Park: Sequoia Trail

The redwoods are magnificent trees, long, beautiful. They draw the fog. They cast the shadows on the hot days. How many time we visited Big Basin and how many trails we still didn’t hike. The Sequoia Trail is one of the easiest in the park, I think. You follow the creek for the most time:…

Apple U-pick up at Swanton Pacific Cal-Poly Ranch

I’m the seasonal person. I always have a list of the very seasonal things to do in my mind. I love cold (in the mountains) and fresh and wet here near the Bay winter, festive activities it brings, snow adventures and wet hikes to waterfalls. Spring with its fresh green grass, clean air, blooming fruit…