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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Love the Barron Park donkeys? Now you can help care for them.

Jenny and Perry grazing in their pasture behind Barron Park. The Barron Park donkeys have returned and fans of these favorite Palo Alto animals can now join up to care for them. You may remember that after Niner’s passing earlier this year, his companion Perry left town for a while. Perry has returned after a six-week stay with a Salinas veterinarian and has a new partner: Jenny, a gray-brown Jerusalem donkey (which ...

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