Las Trampas: Bollinger Creek Loop Trail

Looking for a great trail to hike with young kids in San Ramon?  At under two miles, with a variety of scenery, this is one of my favorites spots in the region for a quick escape into nature! Photos taken February 19th, 2014 *** Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, San Ramon, California I’ve written about this one before… Hike: Bollinger Creerk Trail, Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Continue reading Las Trampas: Bollinger Creek Loop Trail

Chaparral Loop Trail: Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

The Chaparral Loop Trail at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch is a great trail to hike with kids.  First, the trail starts at the Greathouse Visitor Center, which, alone would be a great destination for a family with kids.  The visitor center is located within the mountain!  After exploring the visitor center for a bit, head out onto the trail.  The trail is … Continue reading Chaparral Loop Trail: Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

DVD Review: Tell It on the Mountain, Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail

I have to admit, I don’t watch TV.  And I haven’t seen many movies in the past several years.  I do, on occasion, watch PBS specials and documentaries.  I was thrilled, however, when I was offered the opportunity to review the documentary, Tell It on the Mountain:  Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail. I received the DVD in the mail several weeks ago, but only … Continue reading DVD Review: Tell It on the Mountain, Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail

Hike/Run/Bike: Bear Valley Trail, Point Reyes National Seashore

Earlier this week, we headed to Point Reyes National Seashore for an adventure on the Bear Valley Trail.  The trail from the Bear Valley Visitor Center to Arch Rock is just under nine miles.  Lush and green year-round, with the reward of gorgeous Pacific Ocean views at the end of the trail, this is one of my favorite trails in the entire San Francisco Bay … Continue reading Hike/Run/Bike: Bear Valley Trail, Point Reyes National Seashore

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San Francisco East Bay: 10 Great Paved Trails for Stroller Walks, Runs and Kid Bike Rides

The San Francisco East Bay has an abundance of paved trails, all excellent for stroller walks, runs and bike rides with the kids.  Here are ten of my favorites! Nimitz Way, Inspiration Point, Tilden Regional Park:  This was a favorite of ours during our stroller-walking days.  The trail over rolling hills begins at the Inspiration Point parking lot, on Wildcat Canyon Road (between Orinda and … Continue reading San Francisco East Bay: 10 Great Paved Trails for Stroller Walks, Runs and Kid Bike Rides

Hike / Trail Run: Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

In the coming months, I’m going to be trying out trail runs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Most of these trails will be great for both hikers and trail runners. My personal form of trail running is a combination of both (I prefer to hike the hills and run the flats, rollers and downhill sections). However, I’ve become bored with covering the same terrain … Continue reading Hike / Trail Run: Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

Sibley: A Volcano, A Labyrinth, & Gorgeous Views

Did you know there’s a volcano right here in the San Francisco East Bay?  Yep, Round Top, a volcano so long extinct that it’s now lying on its side, is located in Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in the Berkeley Hills.  On Sunday, I enjoyed a fun Mother’s Day hike around the Round Top Loop Trail with my husband and son.  For being such a short … Continue reading Sibley: A Volcano, A Labyrinth, & Gorgeous Views

Hike: Bollinger Creek Trail, Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Yesterday, I hiked this section of the Bollinger Creek Loop Trail in Las Trampas Regional Wilderness with some friends.  It’s is one of the few trails in Las Trampas that is shade-covered.  It’s also relatively short, with the section along the creek and through the trees being only 0.69 miles (one-way).  This is a fun trail to hike with kids, as there’s a lot to … Continue reading Hike: Bollinger Creek Trail, Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Ladybug Clusters: Redwood Regional Park

Photos taken January 27th, 2013 Redwood Regional Park, Oakland Interested in going?  The ladybugs cluster at Redwood Regional Park between November and February.  You’ll find them at the intersection of the Stream and Prince Trails.  Look on, around, and behind the bench, as well as across the trail, near (and on) the sign.  You can begin the hike at either the Skyline Gate Staging Area … Continue reading Ladybug Clusters: Redwood Regional Park

Hike: Las Trampas Peak, Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

It was pretty darn cold this past weekend, but I still enjoyed a Saturday morning hike at Las Trampas Regional Wilderness with my hiking group.  At the start of the hike, the temperature was about 30 degrees, and it heated up all the way to about 36 by the end of the hike.  I know for many of you in other parts of the country … Continue reading Hike: Las Trampas Peak, Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Hike: Indian Joe Nature Trail, Sunol Regional Wilderness

This lovely one-mile loop trail is one of my favorite hikes in the San Francisco East Bay to do with little kids.  My son and I hiked this regularly when he was three.  On Saturday, I walked the trail alone… a rare treat.  I enjoyed walking at my own pace, taking the time to stop and take photos along the way.  My son, now five, … Continue reading Hike: Indian Joe Nature Trail, Sunol Regional Wilderness

The Bench, East Shore Trail, Lake Chabot

When our son was a baby, my husband and I walked a lot at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley.  Each side of the lake has a 1.5 mile paved trail (the West Shore and East Shore trails), perfect for walking with a stroller.  When we would walk the East Shore Trail, almost every time, our son became fussy on the return portion of the path, … Continue reading The Bench, East Shore Trail, Lake Chabot

Jewel Lake Trail, Tilden Nature Area, Berkeley

The Jewel Lake Trail in Tilden Regional Park is a great hike to do with little kids.  The loop is about a mile, is mostly flat, and has a fun variety of things to see and do.  I like to take my son on this walk whenever we’re in the Tilden Nature Area, usually to feed the animals at the Little Farm.  Be sure to … Continue reading Jewel Lake Trail, Tilden Nature Area, Berkeley

Silent Saturday: LaRiviere Marsh Trail, Don Edwards S.F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Photos from a hike I took this morning with my son at Don Edwards S.F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Newark, California .  We walked the the short 0.7 mile walk around the LaRiviere Marsh Trail, beginning at the Visitor Center. Continue reading Silent Saturday: LaRiviere Marsh Trail, Don Edwards S.F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Silent Saturday: Trail Through Time, Rock City, Mount Diablo

Photos from a hike in Mount Diablo State Park earlier this week with my Nature Time playgroup. We hiked a section of the Trail Through Time, from the Rock City parking lot to (and up) Sentinel Rock, allowing the kids to climb and play on and in the limestone rock structures and caves as much as they wanted.  Kid-heaven!! For more information about Mount Diablo … Continue reading Silent Saturday: Trail Through Time, Rock City, Mount Diablo

Silent Saturday: Monterey Bay Coastal Trail

Photos taken last weekend during a walk along the Pacific Grove section of the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail.  My husband took our son on a bike ride, so I could have some much-needed time to myself… Also from our day in Monterey… Going on a Bug Hunt Cyclo-Cross, Monterey Style Weekly Photo Challenge:  Solitary Continue reading Silent Saturday: Monterey Bay Coastal Trail

Silent Saturday: Martin Canyon Creek Trail

Now that my son is in kindergarten, I have a little more free to get out for some hiking during the week.  I didn’t realize how much I’d missed getting outside for some fresh air and exercise with my girlfriends.  To celebrate, on Saturdays, I’m going to begin posting images from one of the hikes I’ve taken during the previous week. To kick it off, … Continue reading Silent Saturday: Martin Canyon Creek Trail

Fun Kid Hike: Kule Loklo Trail, Point Reyes

One of our goals this summer was to take our son to see a lighthouse.  There are a few in the Bay Area, but my favorite has always been the Point Reyes Lighthouse (see my post from yesterday:  “Point Reyes Lighthouse“).   My husband and I wanted to slip in a short hike during the outing to expend some energy after the long (to our … Continue reading Fun Kid Hike: Kule Loklo Trail, Point Reyes