Five Fall Hikes Near Silicon Valley

Wild turkeys on a fall day at Rancho San Antonio Preserve. Photo by Karl Gohl

Enjoy the changing colors of the leaves and the serenity to be found hiking in the hills around Silicon Valley (Santa Clara Valley). Oh, and a chai recipe to warm you up!

Cloverdale Ranch Preserve

Trail runner on scenic Wilburs Watch Trail. Photo by Teddy Miller/POST

A huge piece of coastal wonder

Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

Looking across Upper Lake and the easy-access Upper Lake Loop Trail. Photo courtesy Midpen Open Space

Lush redwood groves.

Outdoor Fun and Cool Rewards: Two Bay Area Trail Challenges

Take a Hike Challenge participants at Wunderlich. Photo courtesy San Mateo County Parks

San Mateo County’s Take a Hike Challenge and Bay Area-wide Ridge Trail Challenge offer locals a taste of what their nearby parks have to offer–and prizes!

New Trails to Explore in Santa Cruz at San Vicente Redwoods

Vista Point at San Vicente Redwoods, photo copyright Mike Kahn.

Discover new hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails on the coastal side of the Santa Cruz Mountains at the new San Vicente Redwoods.

Day Trips and Sips: Wine Tasting, Hiking and Food in Portola Valley

Sunrise from Windy Hill overlooking San Francisco Bay, copyright Eleanor Raab.

Enjoy a great Portola Valley day trip adventure drinking coffee at Konditorei Cafe, hiking or mountain biking at Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, wine tasting at Neely Winery, and grabbing a bite or a beer at Alpine Inn. Ooh, game on!

Calero County Park

Amazing but true: Calero County Park has ponds and a reservoir. Brendan Bane photo.

Hikers, horses and boaters welcome.

Waterfall Loop and Contour Trail

Follow Swanson Creek up the canyon on the Contour Trail. Photo by Christian Yungert.

Follow Swanson's Creek past beautiful waterfalls under dense forest canopy.

Uvas Canyon County Park

Upper Falls is flowing after a rainy winter. Photo by Christian Yungert.

A hidden canyon full of waterfalls.

Butano Was Made for Families

Butano just seems to make kids happy.

Natural play areas and excellent campfire programming make Butano State Park a standout kid-friendly destination.