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Palo Alto, CA 94303
Ph.: (650) 968-7065
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Outdoor Activity Guide

for the San Francisco Peninsula
and South Bay Area

Hikes and Walks

Butano State Park Nature Walks
Guided walks every Saturday and Sunday during the summer. Pink orchids and scarlet mushrooms! Orange newts and yellow banana slugs! Come see the color of nature. $5 parking fee. Hwy. 1 south of Half Moon Bay, take Pescadero Road or Gazos Creek Road to Cloverdale Road. Call (650) 879-0173. Additional park information at the park page within the State Parks website.
Big Basin Walks
Starting Sunday, March 1st, and each Saturday and Sunday thereafter, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Meet in front of Park Headquarters for an informative and fun walk through an old growth forest. Learn about these magnificent giants and other forest inhabitants. Easy, 7/10 mile (~1 km.), level, paced walk. Wheelchair and stroller accessible.
      Other walks may be available, especially during summer months - check website or call the park headquarters +1 (831) 338-8860 for more information. Additional park information at the park page within the State Parks website.
California Native Plant Society - Santa Clara Valley Chapter
CNPS's local chapter sponsors a variety of field trips and hikes throughout the year. See the Chapter's website or contact the Chapter president, Don Mayall at seleve@netcom.com or call (650) 856-7579.
Friends of Edgewood Natural Preserve
The Friends sponsor numerous docent-led hikes, particularly during wildflower season. Check the website, email info@friendsofedgewood or call (650) 361-1218 for current schedule.
Henry Coe State Park
Henry Coe State Park and the Pine Ridge Association sponsor numerous hikes and evening talks throughout the year. Check the Henry Coe website or contact the Park Headquarters at (408) 779-2728 for current program.
Henry Cowell State Park
Redwood Grove Walks at 2PM every Saturday. 0.8 mile walk to visit amazing trees. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Call (831) 335-7077. Additional park information at the park page within the State Parks website.
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Jasper Ridge includes all the representative ecosystems of the Santa Cruz Mountains, including a large area of serpentine grassland that produces a spectacular wildflower display in the spring. Docent-led tours focus on many different aspects of the Preserve. Contact the tour service at (650) 327-2277. Check the JRBP website for additional information.
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
MROSD offers free docent-led hikes and walks through the District's many preserves. Join hikes and learn about geology, biology, insects, birds, and more. Check website for current hike calendar and additional information.
Pescadero Marsh Nature Walk
Meet State Park docent at Pescadero State Beach in the first parking lot south of the Highway 1 bridge over Pescadero Lagoon. Free walks held year-round, weather permitting. Saturdays 10:30-12:30, Sundays 1-3 PM (not offered every weekend; call (650) 879-2170 for dates). Additional park information at the park page within the State Parks website.
Santa Clara County Parks
Santa Clara County Parks offers free ranger-led hikes and walks in various parks throughout the county. Join hikes and learn about geology, biology and more -- each park offers different opportunities. See the Scheduled Park Activities page for current event calendar and additional information.
Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Association
SCMTA sponsors hikes every Sunday of the year. Most range from 8 to 12 miles with a few that may be a little longer and more strenuous, travel from Mt. Tamalpais in the north , to Mt. Diablo in the east, to Pinnacles in the south and to the ocean in the west. The Santa Cruz Mountains are excellent for hiking at any time of year. The more distant hikes to Marin County and the East Bay are usually taken in spring or fall when it is neither too hot nor too rainy.
Sierra Club - Loma Prieta Chapter
The Loma Prieta Chapter sponsors a multitude of hikes for a multitude of interests and abilities. Although membership is encouraged, some hikes, including the Day Hiking Section hikes, are open to the general public. Contact the Chapter Office at (650) 390-8411
Wilder Ranch Nature Walk
Saturdays at 11 a.m. along the spectacular trails either on the coastside or backcountry. Call (831) 426-0505 for information. Additional park information at the park page within the State Parks website.


Please check our Specialized Resources: Hiking for additional resources and organizations outside the SF Peninsula and South Bay Area.
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