The Bay Space’s nice open air — its trails, waves and mountains — are greater than only a nice diversion throughout this surreal yr. They’re important to our happiness and well-being. Think about this an ode to all of the methods to play across the bay, from kayak treks and island rides to the good trails, each suburban and wild.
It’s no secret that 2020 has introduced an onslaught of head-spinning doom, from a devastating pandemic to wildfires, lightning strikes and intense warmth. Situations change nearly continuously lately. So earlier than you enterprise out, verify to make it possible for your vacation spot — be it a park, path or different attraction — is open to guests.
SUP in Sausalito
An ideal day of stand-up paddle-boarding and seafood-slurping on San Francisco Bay begins with a fast lesson for newbies, earlier than paddling into the brisk waters off Sausalito’s shore for epic views and a little bit of calorie-burning. And afterward, chowder on the deck. Here’s where to go to SUP — plus 5 extra adventures that belong in your Marin County outdoor bucket list, from the Marin Headlands to mountain bike trails.
Mountain bike on Angel Island
Whether or not you go for the excessive street that circles Angel Island or the low, this outing is just spectacular. Board the Angel Island Ferry — bikes are welcome — for the brief, splashy journey, then hit the path for 360-degree views of your complete bay, from Mount Tamalpais to the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco’s iconic skyline and the East Bay hills. Here’s what to expect.
6 city and suburban hikes
Wilderness climbing is grand, however for those who’re on the lookout for adventures nearer to house, we’ve six suggestions for hikes to thrill metropolis dwellers and suburbanites alike — from the historic Berkeley Steps to the Stanford Dish Loop within the coronary heart of Silicon Valley and the nation’s largest canine park. And for those who actually wish to get city right here, this San Francisco bucket list, with its mixture of Fort Level surf, Presidio trails and 17-mile crosstown hike, will do the trick.
Kayak with otters
Otter pups frolicking, pelicans swooping, waves splashing — this kayak trek at Elkhorn Slough presents every kind of wildlife delights. (Psst, these cute otters don’t social distance.) There’s a lot extra to do when you’re there, too, from exploring Point Lobos to the kelp forests of Monterey Bay and extra.
Surf Santa Cruz, royally
We might consider this beachy spot as Surf Metropolis, but it surely was three Hawaiian princes who introduced browsing to the mainland — to Santa Cruz in 1885, hitting the waves on longboards product of native redwood. Here’s the royal tale, plus tips about the place to be taught, the place to look at and easy methods to be taught extra.
And when you’re there, take a look at the Santa Cruz outdoor bucket list. Some options should wait till later, however these wine-tasting sails and Wilder Ranch hikes sound splendid.
RV-ing at Massive Sur
Worry and glamping in Massive Sur? Even for those who can’t rating a campsite reservation proper now, you’re going to wish to find out what happened when sports activities editor and RV beginner Mark Conley took his household tenting within the land of beautiful landscapes, zero machine connectivity and a few very scary RV hoses.
Three mountain peaks
Laborious-core hiker and intrepid author Elliott Almond determined to climb three towering Bay Space mountains this summer season — Mount Tamalpais in Marin, Mount Diablo within the East Bay and Mount Manuel in Massive Sur. And whether or not you wish to observe his path or simply take pleasure in it vicariously, both the adventure and stunning photographs are nicely price a glance.
Favor your out of doors adventures in much less vertical kind? Take a look at our South Bay outdoor bucket list, which incorporates an angler-friendly reservoir, mountain bike trails and Japanese gardens. The Peninsula-centric list presents historic gardens, geologic marvels and lagoons. The East Bay bucket list consists of kayak treks and botanical gardens, and the Tri-Valley version options fishing, electrical biking and off-road enjoyable.
Skyline to the Sea
Simply weeks earlier than wildfires engulfed Massive Basin, one in every of California’s most beloved State Parks, author Maggie Angst did the Skyline-to-the-Sea Path, which stretches a frightening 33 miles from Saratoga’s Fortress Rock Park by means of Massive Basin Redwoods to Waddell Seashore — in a single day. Read the wild tale and take a look at the images of this beautiful terrain in its “earlier than” state. (And take coronary heart. Science consultants say Big Basin’s redwoods will recover.)