Now that my bug is over 15 pounds, I need to switch to stroller hikes and stroller runs. Here’s my current list of San Francisco Bay Area favorites and trails to try:
- Redwood Regional Park, Stream Trail, Oakland: 1 mile paved trail, relatively flat and shade-covered. Park in the Canyon View Staging Area (enter through the Redwood Gate on Redwood Road). There is a $5.00 entry fee during summer weekends. www.ebparks.org/parks/redwood.
- Nimitz Way, Inspiration Point, Tilden Regional Park: 4 mile long paved path, providing gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay. The trail over rolling hills begins at the Inspiration Point parking lot, on Wildcat Canyon Road (between Orinda and Berkeley). www.ebparks.org/parks/tilden.htm.
- Iron Horse Trail, Concord to Pleasanton: 26 mile paved trail from Concord to Pleasanton. The section from Danville north towards Alamo, beginning at the parking lot behind the Danville Railroad Museum, is shade-covered. Another nice starting point is the Rudgear Road Staging Area in Walnut Creek, and then heading south on the path towards Alamo. www.ebparks.org/parks/trails/iron_horse.
- Coyote Hills Regional Park, Bayview Trail, Fremont: 4 mile loop with rolling hills takes you through the park, by the marsh and along the bay. Park at the lot in front of the Visitor Center. There is a $5.00 entry fee. www.ebparks.org/parks/coyote_hills.
- Golden Gate Park: We all know how much this park has to offer, though its size may seem daunting for a simple stroll. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying the wide, beautifully landscaped trails with gardens and playgrounds along the way. Try entering at Stanyan and Haight and walking your way toward the coast.
Location: Stanyan and Haight, San Francisco. http://www.redtri.com/san-francisco-kids/the-best-of-san-franciscos-golden-gate-park
- Point Isabel Regional Shoreline: .42 mile paved trail along the water. http://www.bahiker.com/eastbayhikes/ptisabel.html
- MacNee Ranch State Park, Fire Trail, Montara. 3+ mile, beautiful hills. http://www.bahiker.com/southbayhikes/mcneeranch.html
- Angel Island: 5 mile paved road around the perimeter of the island. Take the ferry from Tiburon ($5/person).
- Abbots Lagoon Trail, Point Reyes National Seashore: 3.2 mile trail. Take Pierce Ranch Road to the right off of Sir Francis Drake Highway and follow approximately 4 ½ miles to small parking area with restrooms.Trailhead is on the left side of the road. Trail is level and passes lagoon before ending at the beach. Very scenic and lots of wildlife.
- Lake Lagunitas: 2 mile loop around the lake. MMWD watershed above Fairfax off Bolinas-Fairfax Rd. Peaceful walk with lots of birds, including heron and egrets. Large picnic area with tables and restrooms. One steep hill.
- Phoenix Lake: 2.5 mile loop around 2/3rds of the lake. Natalie Coffin Green Park, Ross. Parking lot is small and is closed on Sundays.
- Deer Park, Fairfax Trail (end of Porteous Rd): starts behind Fairfax/San Anselmo Daycare Center. Wide fireroad runs through light wooded area. Long steep hill about one mile in.