We had amazing weather in Pacifica this past weekend. I’m talking sunny and warm without a cloud in the sky. Of course we had to spend our day outside and enjoy the unusual warm front. Matt and I decided to explore Mori Point and test out my new hiking backpack ($23) and get a little sunshine.
Yesterday my husband and I dusted off our GoPro that we haven’t used since our honeymoon and took it on our Montara Mountain hike. It’s still pretty chilly out, especially in the shade, but it made for a gorgeous hike in our hometown. The back of the valley, where we were at, was sunny, but you can see the fog rolling in from the Pacific Ocean. By 4 o’clock, the entire valley was submerged in the fog.
San Pedro Valley Park is a gem here in town. This local hiking spot in the back of valley has some great trails for those looking for an easy-going walk, a grueling hike, or something in between.
It’s hard to believe you can hike in the hills, put your feet in the Pacific Ocean, and be only a 15-minute drive from a big city (San Francisco) in Pacifica. If only there were more good food options in town, this place could be near perfect. Well, and maybe a little less fog, but this is good enough for me 🙂
For more information about San Pedro Valley Park or to hike the trails yourself, click here.
Marin has some of the best hiking trails in the Bay Area. Matt and I went on a hike with my mom in Corte Madera on a sunny afternoon. We climbed several somewhat hidden staircases scattered throughout the neighborhoods.
I am a huge fan of succulents and this one of the largest I’ve seen.
The views from the top of the mountain were gorgeous! A cyclist stopped to take in the view.
You can see San Francisco in the distance. It was a really clear day, though the fog was beginning to slowly creep in.
The image below looks over a rooftop with views of the San Quentin Prison and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.
What are your favorite hiking spots in the Bay Area?
After seeing a photo of the McWay Falls in Big Sur, I knew this would be my next hiking adventure. The trail is in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and is apparently an easy one at .5 miles round-trip. So while I’ll go for the falls, I’ll stay for one of the nearby hiking trails.
Highly rated on Yelp, Castle Rock State Park has 32 whopping miles of hiking trails. The only problem will be trying to pick one.
Arroyo Seco in Monterrey County
source: friend’s Facebook page
One of friends went on a dog-friendly hike in the beautiful Los Padres National Forest Park and posted pictures of the beautiful Arroyo Seco River Gorge (above) she swam in. The hike entrance is near the Arroyo Seco Campground, a campground I would love to stay at sometime soon!
After a thumbs up review of this swimming spot from my co-worker, Nuala, Bass Lake has been added to my list. Sometimes there’s some nakedness so virgin eyes beware. Whether or not you chose to frolic around with or without a swimsuit, a dip in the lake after a hike sounds well-deserved.