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Hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area

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I'm a transplant to the San Francisco bay area, so I've spent the last year and a half or so catching up on a lifetime of exploring. The area around here is filled with great hiking, so this is far from a complete list, but definitely a great start.

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11 spots in this guide

  • Mission Peak

    Mission Peak

    37.5142747108, -121.889138584

    Details

    Getting the shot

    This is a fun one to do at night during a full moon. It's fairly hot and crowded during the day, plus it's a beautiful view of the bay area in the dark.

    Photo info

    Date / time
    April 17, 2011 at 8:12 p.m.
    Exposure
    30 sec at f/28.1
    ISO
    100
    Focal length
    40 mm
    Camera
    Canon EOS REBEL T1i
    Lens
    Not available
  • Henry W Coe State Park

    Henry W Coe State Park

    37.1778355683, -121.394738188
  • Henry W Coe State park

    Henry W Coe State park

    37.1934261451, -121.380318632
  • Point Reyes National Seashore

    Point Reyes National Seashore

    37.9733461226, -122.789891551
  • Rancho San Antonio

    Rancho San Antonio

    37.329325, -122.087363
  • Sunol Regional Wilderness

    Sunol Regional Wilderness

    37.5126779444, -121.826324759
  • Muir Woods

    Muir Woods

    37.897478, -122.578582

    Details

    Getting the shot

    There's some neat (big) trees in Muir woods, but there's also some gorgeous views of the coast if you hike past them!

    Photo info

    Date / time
    Nov. 6, 2010 at 2:58 p.m.
    Exposure
    1/160 sec at f/11.3
    ISO
    100
    Focal length
    36 mm
    Camera
    Canon EOS REBEL T1i
    Lens
    Not available
  • McWay Waterfall

    McWay Waterfall

    36.1596180882, -121.672624249

    Details

    Getting the shot

    The waterfall onto the beach at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is a gorgeous view. It's a bit of a drive away from the Bay Area, but well worth it!

    Photo info

    Date / time
    Oct. 16, 2010 at 4:18 p.m.
    Exposure
    1/50 sec at f/7
    ISO
    200
    Focal length
    21 mm
    Camera
    Canon EOS REBEL T1i
    Lens
    Not available
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