Scarlett Wines’ Top 5 Bay Area Hiking Spots
Whether you’re getting outside to clear your head, get your body moving, or simply enjoy the great outdoors, there’s no better place than the Bay Area. While our own Napa Valley is our first pick for a little TLC, we compiled a list of five of our favorite hiking spots around the bay so that you, your friends, your family and, of course, your pets can get together and enjoy a day out in the fresh air.
Point Reyes, Sonoma County
A very popular hiking spot among locals is Alamere Falls known for its breathtaking, lush greenery and blue waters. The entire hike clocks in at around seven miles with a mix of lakes, mountains, and a beach. At the end of the hike, you descend onto the black rock beachfront waterfall to take in a truly stunning scene. We love to take this hike when we’re feeling a bit more ambitious. Don’t forget to pack a good lunch and lots of water to enjoy on a warm day should you decide to stop and enjoy a picnic along the way!
For details on Alamere Falls, click here.
The Berkeley Fire Trails
Berkeley, Alameda County
These trails offer up some of the most expansive bay views in the area. The hike can take anywhere from one to two hours depending on which route you take (you can’t go wrong whichever way you choose). Once you reach the top, take a second to breathe in the fresh air and admire the San Francisco Bay. Here’s a great resource if the fire trails aren’t your cup of tea. Berkeley has countless amazing hikes whether urban or in nature! Once you’re done, treat yourself to a takeout lunch from one of Berkeley’s fantastic eateries to top off your day.
For details on the Berkeley Fire Trails, click here.
It’s no surprise that the stunningly tall trees, lush greenery, and cool air make Muir Woods a popular hiking spot among locals and tourists alike.
Muir Woods lies in the middle of the redwood’s latitudinal range that spans from the California/Oregon border to Big Sur, just south of Monterey. The weather is mild throughout the year, while summer is the busiest time to visit.
The redwoods themselves dominate the scene, but an incredible diversity of plants and animals that have adapted to low light levels on the forest floor also flourish. Federally protected as a National Monument since 1908, this primeval forest is both refuge and laboratory so we may learn more about its ecosystem.
While it’s a quintessential hiking spot, make sure to bring water, snacks, and other necessities because you won’t want to leave in a hurry!
For details on Muir Woods, click here.
Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park
Oakland, San Francisco Bay Area
If you’re looking to stay within the proximity of a Bay Area city, a hidden redwood forest lies off Redwood Road just a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland.
Like Muir Woods, these redwoods offer a serene experience amongst beautiful scenery. The forest’s peaceful groves give little evidence of the park’s bustling past. In the mid-1800s, the area was the scene of extensive logging to supply building materials for the San Francisco Bay Area. The logging era has long since passed, and a stately forest of 150-foot coast redwoods has replaced those cut-down.
We recommend grabbing a bite from one of the many delicious restaurants in Oakland, then making the 20-minute drive to this beautiful and serene park to enjoy an afternoon in the fresh air.
For details on Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park, click here.
Napa’s Lake Hennessey
The Lake Hennessey Trail is a loop trail located near St. Helena in the Napa Valley that features beautiful wildflowers, wildlife, and a stunning lake with shoreline trail.
The trail offers a number of options and is accessible year-round. A favorite trail for its proximity to wine country, it has a moderate degree of difficulty. Though there are inclines, it’s manageable for most levels.
For details on Lake Hennessey, click here.
The Bay Area has some of the most diverse landscapes in the world which make each trail special. While this is just a small list of hikes we recommend, we encourage you and your loved ones to explore them for yourself or find and share your very own with us at @ScarlettWines on Facebook and @scarlettwines on Instagram. So, lace up your hiking boots, pack some snacks, and bring a bottle of one of our quintessential Napa Valley wines along with you! We have the perfect wine for every step along the way! A mid-hike pick me up, to enjoy over lunch, or as a reward once the hike has come to an end.