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Great Bay Area Walks

Land's End/The Coastal Trail/Outer Richmond

Pros: A mind-blowing, cliffside walk on the Western edge of the city
Cons: Be prepared for changeable weather conditions
Best For: Sunny days when the GG Bridge is visible

Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve/Ukiah

Pros: Walk Amongst the tallest trees in the world
Cons: You feel small here
Best For: People who like trees

Battery East Trail/Crissy Field to the Golden Gate Bridge

Pros: Views, views, views
Cons: Steps, steps, steps
Best For: The big payoff-GG Bridge

Dad O'Rourke's Bench/Mt. Tamalpais State Park/North Bay

Pros: One of the most photogenic vistas north of San Francisco
Cons: Foggy conditions obscure the view
Best For: A quick fix for city blues

An Easy Redwood Forest Walk In Muir Woods National Monument/North Bay

Pros: An old-growth stand of redwood
Cons: Weekend congestion
Best For: A weekday morning walk among giants

Mount Tamalpais State Park/Steep Ravine Dipsea Trail One Way With Shuttle/North Bay

Pros: A redwood canyon hike an hour from the city
Cons: Heavy use on holidays
Best For: A creekside, scenic descent to Stinson Beach, through the redwoods

Mount Diablo State Park/Donner Canyon Waterfall Loop/East Bay

Pros: Rugged, steep and gorgeous
Cons: Summer heat
Best For: Cascading waterfalls right after Winter rains

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve/East Bay

Pros: Glorious in the Springtime
Cons: Blazingly hot in Summer
Best For: Great terrain in the East Bay

Lovers Lane/Presidio

Pros: Two miles round-trip through the historic Presidio
Cons: A slight uphill all the way back
Best For: Exercise with your valentine

Golden Gate Bridge

Pros: Beautiful from every angle, and useful as well
Cons: Traffic jams at peak hours
Best For: Walking, biking or driving across

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