This backpacking noob trekked the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. You should too.

Four women, 30 miles, three days and zero permanent injuries on the PCT of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Story and photos by Kate Bradshaw Ever since moving to the Peninsula two years ago, I’ve envisioned hiking the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. Why this trail? Because its lovely name telegraphs its two loveliest features: great views and a net elevation loss. And frankly, the thought of schlepping a heavy backpack roughly 30 miles sounded more tolerable ...

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My own private Peninsula: permit-only hikes in the Santa Cruz Mountains

You know those people who always come back from fabulous vacations bragging about how they “had the whole place” to themselves? Next time, summon a smirk of your own and direct them to your Instagram feed, where they’ll see you cavorting in a beautiful park right here at home with NO CROWDS AT ALL, because you got a permit or arranged a special tour to get there. “We could have ...

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Waltz about in Woodside’s Wunderlich Park

How magical is this Woodside park? You might just see the tiniest horse ever born. All this rootin’ tootin’ cowgirl needs is a white hat to wave! This is one of the normal-sized horses, by the way. Photo by Jaqueline Wein. by Jennifer Christgau-Aquino The midsummer heat at Wunderlich Park was making it hard to function after a long hike despite the shade of towering redwood trees. My son wallowed on a bed of ...

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Four amazing places on the SF Peninsula to find end-of-spring wildflowers

The California coastline is breathtaking. Sprinkle in some wildflowers and it’s even more special. Lucky for the Bay Area, the rains this year have brought a record wildflower season. Photographer Jeff Marsh trekked out to where the blooming land meets the sea to snap these pics. And he was kind enough to share not just the photos but how to get there for yourself. Davenport Shark Fin Cove Beach in Davenport is ...

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Escape from Silicon Valley: How to spend the perfect day in Half Moon Bay

Written by Anna Medina Half Moon Bay State Beach (photo by lily_leivers) The city of Half Moon Bay is hardly undiscovered country. That evocative name. The big-wave surfing at Maverick’s. The dramatic setting scrunched between the moody Pacific and the hills of the mid-Peninsula. It all means that the roads in and out are slammed on weekend afternoons. But for a quick getaway within the Bay Area, we’ll argue that HMB is hard ...

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Two-minute guide to owning wildflower season on the Peninsula

Lupins on the trail (Photo by @_btcphoto_) Russ Beebe, a.k.a. @winehiker on Twitter, has been chasing wildflowers and leading hikes through the Peninsula for half his life. Beebe says that while the rains have already made for a spectacular wildflower season down in SoCal, blooms are beginning to appear up north. On the Peninsula, wildflower season typically lands between March and May, so the time to catch a glimpse is now! What are ...

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Three great panoramas anyone in Silicon Valley can get to

The Dish via IG/wonderin_world. What sets the Bay Area apart other than its proximity to huge urban centers, perfect weather, and brilliant residents is its topography.Silicon Valley is named that for a reason — we can get the best views of the entire Bay just by driving or hiking 20 minutes from our quaint suburbia. Here are some spots for the perfect panorama: The Classic:The Dish, Stanford Ok, ok. If you have lived in the Peninsula ...

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