Parks of the

San Francisco Bay Area


California
Key to table colors
 Old-growth redwood hikes 
Other hikes
Campgrounds
North Bay hikes
Overall Rating Distance, miles Climbing, feet Trail name
★★ Point Reyes National Seashore
★★★ 8.3 1350 Alamere Falls
9.0 970 Drakes Head
11.4 1360 Arch Rock
9.6 1250 Tomales Point
7.3 800 Muddy Hollow Loop
★★ Samuel P. Taylor State Park
2.7 190 Pioneer Tree Trail
★★ 10.6 1200 Bolinas Ridge
★★ 5.8 1340 Barnabe Peak
Roy’s Redwoods Open Space Preserve
3.0 400 Roy’s Redwoods Loop Trail
Loma Alta Open Space Preserve
★★ 9.9 1920 680 Trail
China Camp State Park
8.4 830 Bayview and Shoreline Trails
★★ Muir Woods National Monument and Mount Tamalpais State Park
★★★ 8.5 2080 Willow Camp and Steep Ravine
★★★ 4.7 930 Sun Trail
★★★ 3.9 890 Dipsea and Steep Ravine
★★ 5.2 1100 Ben Johnson Trail
★★ 2.0 120 Bohemian Grove Trail
★★ 1.4 410 Colier Spring
★★★ 0.6 30 Dad O’Roarke’s Bench
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
★★★ 1.0 100 Point Bonita Lighthouse
★★ 9.3 1824 Tennessee Valley and Muir Beach
5.3 1050 Hill 88
★★★ Angel Island State Park
★★★ 4.8 780 Mount Livermore
North Bay drive-in campgrounds
Overall Rating Open Price Campground name
★★ Samuel P. Taylor State Park
★★ All year $35 + $8 Camp Taylor
China Camp State Park
★★ All year $35 + $8 Back Ranch Meadows Campground
★★ Mount Tamalpais State Park
★★★★★ All year $25–$100+$8 Steep Ravine Cabins and Campground
All year $25 Pantoll and Bootjack Campgrounds
North Bay backpacking campgrounds
Overall Rating Open Price Campground name
★★★ Point Reyes National Seashore
★★★★ All year $30 + $8 Wildcat Camp
★★★ All year $30 + $8 Coast Camp
★★★ All year $30 + $8 Sky Camp
★★ All year $30 + $8 Glen Camp
Angel Island State Park
★★★★ All year $35 + $8 Angel Island Campgrounds
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
★★★ Mar–Oct $40 + $8 Kirby Cove Campground
★★ Jun–Oct $25 + $8 Hawk Campground
Jun–Oct $25 + $8 Haypress Campground
All year $25 + $8 Bicentennial Campground

Peninsula hikes
Overall Rating Distance, miles Climbing, feet Trail name
★★ 6.0 one way 640 Crystal Springs Regional Trail
★★ San Bruno Mountain State and County Park
★★ 9.4 1660 San Bruno Mountain
★★ McNee Ranch State Park
★★★ 6.2 1795 Montara Mountain
★★ Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve
★★★ 9.1 1600 Purisima Creek and Whittemore Gulch
Huddart County Park
10.5 1860 Huddart – Phleger Loop
California Water Service Company land
11.1 1030 Skyline Trail
El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve
9.9 2500 Lower Park Loop
★★ Foothills Nature Preserve and Pearson – Arastradero Preserve
★★★ 10.4 1940 Trappers Fire Road
★★ Windy Hill Open Space Preserve
★★ 9.9 1650 Razorback and Spring Ridge Loop
Coal Mine Ridge
4.0 670 Toyon and Old Spanish Trails
Hidden Villa
4.0 900 Ewing Hill Loop
Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve
★★★ 9.7 2420 The Black Mountain Trail
8.8 1600 The Stephen E. Abbors (PG&E) Trail
Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve
5.2 860 Borel Hill and Ancient Oaks
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
★★ 3.7 690 Alpine Pond and Horseshoe Lake
Long Ridge Open Space Preserve
2.9 410 Peters Creek and Long Ridge Loop
Fremont Older Open Space Preserve
★★ 1.6 370 Hunters Point
★★ Portola Redwoods State Park
★★ 11.5 1820 Peters Creek Loop
★★ 7.0 880 Slate Creek Trail
★★ 5.8 1100 Coyote Ridge and Shingle Mill
★★ Pescadero Creek County Park
★★ 0.5 80 Heritage Grove
0.1 20 Legion Flat
★★ 3.8 880 Mount Ellen Loop
13.1 2434 Butano Ridge
10.6 1270 Tarwater - Pomponio - Brook - Canyon
6.0 990 Heritage Grove Trail
Sanborn County Park
5.9 1570 The Todd Creek Redwoods
7.8 1530 The John Nicholas Trail
Castle Rock State Park
4.8 1010 Saratoga Gap and Ridge Trail Loop
★★ Almaden Quicksilver County Park
11.0 1730 The New Almaden and Mine Hill Trails
Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve
7.7 1130 Mount Umunhum
★★ Calero County Park
★★ 9.8 2010 The Bald Hills Loop
Santa Teresa County Park
★★ 9.5 1430 Calero Creek and Coyote Peak
★★★ Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve
★★★ 3.8 650 Arrowhead Loop Trail
★★ Butano State Park
★★ 10.3 1820 Butano Fire Road and Doe Ridge
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
0.6 10 Redwood Loop Nature Trail
2.7 500 Dool Trail
Peninsula drive-in campgrounds
Overall
rating
Open Price Campground name
★★★ Big Basin Redwoods State Park
★★ Portola Redwoods State Park
★★★★ Apr–Oct $35 + $8 Portola Redwoods State Park Campground
★★ Pescadero Creek County Park
★★★ All year $30–40+$13 Memorial Campground
★★ Butano State Park
★★★★ Closed $35 + $8 Ben Ries Campground
Sanborn County Park
★★ Apr–Oct $18–$44 Sanborn Park Campground
Peninsula backpacking campgrounds
Overall
rating
Open Price Campground name
★★★ Big Basin Redwoods State Park
★★ Portola Redwoods State Park
★★★ All year $15 + $8 Slate Creek Trail Camp
★★ Pescadero Creek County Park
★★★ Apr–Oct $10 Tarwater Trail Camp
★★ Apr–Oct $10 Shaw Flat Trail Camp
★★ Butano State Park
★★★ Closed $15 + $8 Butano Trail Camp

Santa Cruz hikes
Overall Rating Distance, miles Climbing, feet Trail name
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
★★ 0.8 20 Redwood Grove Loop Trail
★★★ 6.6 1360 Four Crossings
7.0 1480 Truck Trail and Fall Creek
8.2 1760 Big Ben and Fall Creek
Wilder Ranch State Park
10.2 1400 Engelsman and Enchanted Loops
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park and Soquel Demonstration State Forest
1.4 350 Old Growth Loop
11.9 1370 Five Finger Falls
9.5 1270 Soquel Demonstration State Forest
Santa Cruz drive-in campgrounds
Overall
rating
Open Price Campground name
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
★★ Apr–Oct $35 + $8 Graham Hill Campground
Santa Cruz backpacking campgrounds
Overall
rating
Open Price Campground name
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
Closed $5 West Ridge Trail Camp

East Bay hikes
Overall Rating Distance, miles Climbing, feet Trail name
Crockett Hills Regional Park
5.8 1230 Kestrel Loop Trail
★★ Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline
★★ 4.8 1040 Hulet Hornbeck and Franklin Ridge
★★★ Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
★★★ 3.4 140 Bay View and Owl Alley Trails
★★★ John Muir National Historic Site
★★★ 2.4 580 Mount Wanda
Fernandez Ranch
5.4 760 Windmill and Whipsnake Trails
Dutra Ranch
7.7 1460 Feeder Trail #1
Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area
3.4 870 Upper Seafoam and Black Oak Trails
★★ Tilden and Wildcat Canyon Regional Parks
★★★ 3.6 850 Seaview Trail
★★ 3.9 750 Wildcat Peak
★★ 5.8 1100 San Pablo Ridge
8.2 680 Nimitz Trail
★★ Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve
★★ 1.6 700 Stonewall Panoramic Trail
★★ East Bay Municipal Utility District
★★ 13.3 1430 Briones Reservoir
★★ 11.1 1500 Tilden Regional Park and San Pablo Reservoir
★★ 10.7 3210 Ramage Peak Trail (one way)
8.9 1630 Pinole Watershed
11.5 2530 Rocky Ridge Loop Trail
6.7 1110 King’s Canyon Loop Trail
★★ Briones Regional Park
★★ 10.5 2600 Spengler Trail and Briones Crest
★★ 5.7 760 Sindicich Lagoons
6.6 1670 Lafayette Ridge Trail
★★ Lafayette Reservoir
★★ 7.4 1500 Rim and Lafayette Loop Trails
★★ Redwood Regional Park
6.0 1130 French Trail Loop
Joaquin Miller Park
4.4 960 Palos Colorados and Big Trees
Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Preserve
2.8 450 Leona Canyon Trail
★★ Anthony Chabot and Lake Chabot Regional Parks
★★★ 9.7 780 Lake Chabot
★★ 11.1 1300 Lake Chabot Bicycle Loop
8.3 1180 Grass Valley
Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area
8.8 1740 Chabot-to-Garin Regional Trail
★★ Five Canyons Open Space
10.7 1910 Chabot-to-Garin Regional Trail
Hayward Greenbelt
6.6 1120 Wally Wickander, East Ave, Ward Creek Road
Garin and Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks
★★ 5.8 1020 High Ridge Loop Trail
★★ 5.0 930 Tolman Peak Trail
4.6 760 Vista Peak Trail
★★★ Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
★★★ 7.8 2000 Eagle Peak
★★★ 9.9 2460 Las Trampas Ridge
★★ 4.8 1120 Rocky Ridge
★★★ Bishop Ranch Regional Open Space Preserve
★★★ 2.2 580 The Redtail Hawk Loop
★★ Dublin Hills Regional Park
★★ 6.7 1240 Martin Canyon and Calaveras Ridge
★★★ Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
★★★ 9.7 1770 Turtle Pond
7.8 1680 Ridgeline and Thermalito Trails
★★★ Mission Peak Regional Preserve
★★★ 7.5 2580 Horse Heaven
★★ 6.1 2115 Mission Peak and Hidden Valley
7.1 2170 Peak Trail
Ed R. Levin County Park
★★★ 9.1 2210 Monument Peak
★★ Sunol Regional Wilderness
★★ 9.6 2260 Flag Hill and Cerro Este
5.4 1200 Maguire Peaks
★★ Ohlone Regional Wilderness
★★ 12.2 4170 Murietta Falls
East Bay drive-in campgrounds
Overall
rating
Open Price Campground name
★★★ Anthony Chabot Regional Park
★★ All year $25–45+$8 Anthony Chabot Family Campground
East Bay backpacking campgrounds
Overall
rating
Open Price Campground name
★★★ Mission Peak Regional Preserve
★★ All year $5 + $8 Eagle Spring Backpack Camp
★★ Sunol Regional Wilderness
★★★★★ All year $5 + $8 Sunol Backpack Camping Area

Mount Diablo drive-in campgrounds
Overall
rating
Open Price Campground name
★★ Mount Diablo State Park
★★★ All year $30+$8 Juniper Campground
All year $30+$8 Live Oak Campground
Mount Diablo backpacking campgrounds
Overall
rating
Open Price Campground name
★★ Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve
★★★ Apr–Oct $5/person + $8 Stewartville Backpack Camp
★★ Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
★★★★ Apr–Oct $5/person + $8 Morgan Backpack Camp
Los Vaqueros Reservoir with wind turbines

Los Vaqueros Watershed from the West Loop Trail

 


 

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