West Coast has a lot to offer to us nature-lovers. From beautiful hiking trails that weave through two hundred year-old trees to scenic drives that lead you straight into the ocean, it’s a wonder why we don’t spend more of our time outside. Get up and go out — find out more about these incredibly scenic Bay Area getaways and start making plans for next weekend!
1. Alamere Falls
This beautifully wet spot is located in Point Reyes National Seashore. It sits at the end of a moderately easy trail, making it perfect for those wanting to also get a good hike out of their quick getaway.
Alamere Falls is actually one of those rare “tidefalls” that flow directly into the ocean water. If that fact alone doesn’t make you want to get up and visit right away, maybe some of these pictures will.
2. Chimney Rock Trail
If you go in the springtime, this beautiful hike not only gives you an amazing view of the sea, but also entertains you along the way with flowers. At this time of the year, the entire ground is a blanket full of colorful flowers, including gold-fields, mule ear sunflowers, and blue-eyed grass. Since it’s also located at Point Reyes National Seashore, you may be able to snag a peek of migrating whales thanks to the sharp cliff that drops straight down into the sea.
3. Lands End
Lands End is definitely one of the more populated getaways in the area since it’s located just minutes away from the bustling city. Halfway through the hike, you’ll be hit with this view. Peep the Golden Gate Bridge in the back!
If you keep venturing on, you’ll eventually reach the sutro baths — check out this incredible view:
4. Cypress Tree Tunnel
This jaw-dropping scene is also located in Point Reyes National Seashore, but since it’s not on the park map, you’ll have to ask someone at the Visitors Center. The area is apparently swarming with photographers during sunset, but their photos are absolutely incredible:
5. Mt. Tam
Located in Marin just outside the city, you can find Mt. Tam peeping above Karl the Fog. Famous for its iconic grasslands, redwood forests, and massive oak trees, Mt. Tam offers its visitors a handful of different trails to hike. In this way, it’s almost a given that you’ll hit some beautiful lookouts whichever route you end up taking.