Although the Bay Area is associated with Silicon Valley, there is a reason many outdoors folks are based in the bay. Not only are there incredible coastal hikes nearby, but Tahoe and Sierra are just a day’s drive away.
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The Cypress Grove Trail is one of my favorites of coastal CA hikes. The short hike loops through a rare Monterey Cypress grove and incredible clifftop vistas.
The short Bird Island trail in China Cove of Point Lobos is the perfect trail for great beach access and to see marine wildlife like sea birds and seals
This short coastal hike passes through a valley filled with tons of white, blooming calla lilies and eventually leads to beautiful Garrapata Beach
McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is arguably the most iconic views in all of Big Sur, and the viewpoint is free and easily accessible.
The perfect day hike complete with beautiful waterfalls and tall redwoods, and all only a short drive from the Bay Area, CA