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Ashley & Kim demolish Diablo

Trail was in fine condition, but definitely not well marked. All the trails are consistently longer than listed 😂 no tarantulas!!

Mt Diablo

Today was a great day to hike Mt Diablo. We followed the advice from the blog and brought hiking poles – very useful as a…

From sea to summit

Gorgeous hike- marine layer mostly obscured the ocean but otherwise great views. Especially loved steep ravine and Matt Davis trails.

Mt Um

Great hike…partially shaded. Great weather.

Stunning Mount Saint Helena

Beautiful hike!  The single track start was wonderful before the fire roads that made up the majority of this hike.  Beautiful vistas surrounded us every…

Mission Peak hike with Elaine

The Mission Peak trail is mostly a nice, wide trail.  It does narrow and become very steep near the top.  It happened to be a…

Mount Saint Helena

We started the hike near the parking lot by Lake County Hwy, following the Alltrails route.  The app marked it as hard, estimating to take…

In the clouds

No views at all due to the mist and clouds- but perfect weather for this hike without sun beating down on you. Fire road except…

Diablo!

Got a late start (9 AM) today. Still, it was foggy much of the way up. Couldn’t actually see the summit until I was almost…

#3 Black Mountain

The first 1 mile and last 2 miles of this hike were brutally steep! Rest of it was a a gradual incline, and it was…

Mission Peak

It was a great day for a hike – sunny but not too hot. We spotted a tarantula early on and had an easy time…

Black Mountain

Last hike in the challenge. Thought this and Mt Um were the easiest of the six, but still an awesome hike/workout.

Back to Black

Hiked from Rhus Ridge last year. Decided to try Monte Bello this time.  Windy narrow little road with lots of Labor Day cyclists.  NO PROBLEM…

Hot morning in St. Helena

More of a walk up a fire road than my ideal hike but it was a good time nonetheless. Lots of laughs but little shade.

Mt Diablo

Solid 10 miles, loved the views, started early but coming down was full heat and pretty exposed. They have all the water turned off. Thankfully,…

Black Mountain

Hot hot day.  Had to take extra breaks and drank more water than normal just to deal with the heat.  The summit is a bit…

#2 Mount Umunhum

This was a fun out and back hike with moderate grade, and we were able to complete it in 2.5 hours. Started around 8 so…

Black mountain summit

The drought has sucked the life out of Northern California. While I’m happy to be able to move up this mountain I’ve never seen conditions…

Black Mountain

I chose to start at Monte Bello because I heard that Rhus Ridge has limited parking. I did the loop and got 7 miles with…

Mt Um

Fair amount of shade, felt like an easier hike so far compared to the other summits in this challenge….perhaps because I’ve hiked it so many…

Escape the bad AQI Mount Tamalpais

The first 5 mikes of this hike are in the lush forest along side a low running creek. There is plenty of shade. The terrain…

Mount Diablo : The tough one!

This was one of the toughest hikes I have done so far. We started a little late from our planned start, and it was pretty…

Mission Peak Summit

We started the hike in the early afternoon with 2 dogs.  It was uncomfortably sunny and hot going out, but luckily some refreshing breezes cooled…

Above the clouds

First solo hike here back in the Bay Area- gorgeous morning through mist and the. Above the undercast. Saw deer and bunnies and plenty of…

Only got lost once!

The social hiker website let me and my friend navigate this whole trip without any huge issues.  The trails were clearly marked and we were…

Eat, Love and Hike

Easy hike and a lot of pockets with shade. The East Summit Viewpoint was spectacular! I think  could see  Mount Diablo, and Mount Tamalpais!  Ofcourse…

Eat, Love and Hike

Easy hike and a lot of pockets with shade. The East Summit Viewpoint was spectacular! I think  could see  Mount Diablo, and Mount Tamalpais!  Ofcourse…

Eat, Love and Hike

Easy hike and a lot of pockets with shade. The East Summit Viewpoint was spectacular! I think  could see  Mount Diablo, and Mount Tamalpais!  Ofcourse…

Mt St Helena

Didn’t love this hike. Mostly fire road, zero shade, no breeze, blazing hot. But loved the workout from the elevation.

Mount Diablo is no Joke!

Seriously fun, hot and challenging hike yesterday with amazing hikers and friends working on the Northern California Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge. 14 plus miles (depending…

Mount Umunhum

Wonderful and shady, and basically had the trail to myself!

Mount Um

I love this hike!  I just got back to the Bay Area from vermont and it felt so good to get back out on the…

Hot hike to Mt Diablo summit

Hot hike up to the Mt Diablo summit. I took the Mt Diablo/Mitchell Canyon loop trail (13 miles total). A steep climb up to the…

Last One – Mt. St. Helena!

I did it!!! This was my last peak. The first mile of the trail was quite rugged and rocky then it opened up to a…

Mt Tam – got lost but survived

Intended to hike the 17 mile loop from Stinson Beach to East Cliff….but got lost hiking down from East Cliff after taking the suggestion of…

What was I thinking !!!!

A friend of mine and me started the hike from Stinson beach – the 17-mile loop. We reached the East peak and on our descend,…

What was I thinking !!!!

A friend of mine and me started the hike from Stinson beach – the 17-mile loop. We reached the East peak and on our descend,…

Hike the Tam 2021

Hiked up Mt. Tamalpais with the awesome #rocknroot crew to start the Northern California Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge. My daughter Sarah’s first mountain and 15…

From beach to mountain peak!

From beach to mountain peak! Started out at Stinson Beach and hiked to Mt. Tam East Peak. I created my own route – with ten…

Mt. Tam and my Sarah

Amazing hike with my usual suspects.  We hike and run the trails every weekend.  Our group usually stays in the Sacramento area, but for a…

Mission Peak

Super hot day, zero shade. Thought it was the best hike for a solid workout. Loved the challenge of the section leading up to the…

Beautiful Mt. Tam!

I conquered my fifth peak yesterday! I hiked from Stinson Beach to the top of Mt. Tam and back. It was 17 miles roundtrip and took…

Friends on Mt Umunhum

Great day, little warm.  lots of shade.  arrived at trailhead at 8:30, would recommend a 7:00 am start, took 3 hours at a steady pace.

helena

excellent views. most of it is a fire road that is exposed to the sun, but starting at dawn helped.

Beach to fire lookout – Tamalpais

This was a great hike.  We started just past the Dipsea trailhead due to parking and then proceeded up the Dipsea and Steep Ravine to…

diablo

bring plenty of water and refill where you can. trail is mostly well-maintained, and the only frustrations I had were in following the text directions…

Out and back to the Space Cube

Nice hike, 3.7 miles each way. Warm, 80 F, but shade about 60% of trail. Steady gain all the way up, completed in about 3.5…

ocean to sky hike

I prepared for this hike and was even selective of the people I invited due to its length and difficulty. I have done portions of…

Mt. Umunhum

Beautiful shaded hike full of history. We started at 8 am and hiked to the top and completed the 156 steps to the radar tower.…

Conquering Mt Tamalpais

I started from Stinson beach and took the Dipsea trail which eventually meets Steep ravine and then Pantoll campground. After Pantoll, I took the help…

Black Mtn. Peak

This peak was a doozy. We started at 10 am since we drove down from Sacramento. It was hot and dusty. The trail has a…

My Umunhum

The parking lot was full at the lower trailhead and several other people went to the summit and parked there, walked down then back. We…

Mission Peak

Wide fire road trail which was nice and clear. Dog water bowls were attached to each bench station which was awesome since I forgot my…

Mt Umunhum Conquered!

The openspace web page stated that the preserves are open 30 minutes before sunrise. I got t0 the Sierra Azulejo Parking Lot, on the corner…

My First Six – Pack of Peaks Hike

The openspace web page stated that the preserves open 30 minutes before sunrise. I got to Sierra Azulejo Parking Lot, on the corner of Mt…

Umunhum

It was hot today. We had to wait in the fire lane for a parking space but didn’t take too long, 10 minutes or so.…

black mountain

sunset hike kicked my butt. steeper than it seems, and more like 10 miles than 9.

Black Mountain summit

Started out at 8:30 and it was cool and the morning fog was burning off. I opted for a short sleeve even though I usually…

mission

foggy weather but clear at the top. turkeys, cows, deer, and a coyote.

First Solo Hike

This was my first ever solo hike. I went on a Sunday thinking there would be plenty of other hikers on the trail, but there…

umunhum

quick and easy. hot and not very clear, but could still see tam and diablo.

Mt Tam

This is the longest hike in the NorCal series, so it’s definitely better to start as early as possible. We began around 7:40AM and made…

tam

hot, lots of flies on exposed areas. many birds, plenty of butterflies. views were a+.

Defeated Diablo

Great weather- warm but not too hot. Only saw a total  of 3 hikers round trip- nice and quiet. Take your trekking poles- I forgot…

Mt. Umunhum

This trail is well maintained and affords some of the most spectacular views of the Bay Area that you will find.  In addition, there are…

Wham, Bam, I Hiked Mount Tam(alpais)

Cold, misty, and wet beginnings starting at the coast gradually made way for sunny, blue skies to the east atop Mount Tamalpais’ east peak! The…

1st of 6

It’s a great hike — beautiful views of the entire south bay. But it’s dusty and it will get hot in the summer, so leave…

Chamise trail to Black Mountain

Beautiful hike, and not cold and windy at the top as it sometimes is! Started early, and was glad of that when the sun was…

Mt Umunhum

Trail is easy to moderate, very gradual incline. Decent views. We went in late afternoon (started around 4), so parking was no issue and the…

Black Mountain on a Warm Day

Beautiful hike on a sunny day through varying terrain. Glad we started at 7:30a to avoid the heat. The number of hikers increased steadily during…

Hot & Windy Hills

Really one of my favorites for solitude. Today I was gifted by cooling winds over the hot grassy hills, a coyote sighting near the backpacking…

Mt Umunhum

Weather is warmer and drier.  In the 80’s. Really dusty but clear views.

Hardest Hike Ever!

I summited Mt. Diablo yesterday! It was much hotter than I thought it would be. I did the AllTrails version counterclockwise as several commenters suggested.…

Mount Umunhum

Started hiking around 4 Pm on Sunday evening and met only two other couples on the trail. It was very calm and fully shaded trail.…

We conquered Mt Tam!

Started from the Dipsea trailhead near Stinson beach – did the suggested route [https://socalhiker.net/hiking-stinson-beach-to-mount-tamalpais/] up to Mt Tamalpais summit. It started out nice and shady…

Second time’s the charm

After driving out to Muir Woods trailhead to hike Mount Tamalpais two weeks ago and discovering parking reservations were required, I made parking reservations ($8.50)…

Mt Tam

It was a long day but a beautiful hike!  It was foggy in the morning but it cleared out.

Hiking High At Mt. Tamalpais

Got an early start. Weather was sunny and warm but definitely much warmer the time we finished. Veered a little off our original route but…

The Sleeping Lady

As always, Mt Tam was worth the effort. Gorgeous views from the top!

Black Mountain Summit with Ashley

Today was hot but breezy, not too many people on the trail and a mile longer than expected but all in all, very fun hike.…

Best for Last

This “Evil Witch” Mountain is thus far my most-climbed of the Four High-Peaks of the Bay, Mt. Diablo and Mt. Umunhum tie on the second…

Mt St Helena

There was some shade in the beginning, but most of it was in the sun. We made it to the top by 10AM but it…

Mt. Saint Helena

The first 3/4 mile is the steepest, but shaded and very manageable.  The remainder of the hike to the top is exposed fire road due…

That was a tough one!

First, need to arrive by 6:20 to get a parking spot, otherwise wait until late morning to come in as folks are leaving. We finished…

Hike #4

Beautiful hike but certainly rough!!!

Black Mountain

great views and some sweet wildflowers. A tough one but worth it.

Mission Peak complete

Me and a friend started out fir Mission Peak at 9 am. It was a warm day so we brought our hydro packs with water.…

Top of the world

We hiked to the top of mission peak starting at the parking garage of the college.  It was perfect weather.  It took us 75 minutes…

wine country valley view

What I remember from this hike was that the parking lot (pull-out) was very easy to miss. I literally passed it thinking I was going…

Black Mountain

Easy hike and My first experience with a coyote on the trail 🙂

Mt. Tam June Hike

What a gorgeous start to the hike.  You quickly go into the woods and it is stunningly beautiful.  You follow the creek and view several…

Birds, butterflies and Bay Views!

Super gorgeous Hike today up Mt. Tam.  We went up and came down the same way since the trail was perfect conditions.   Not slippery…

Glad That’s Done!

I made the mistake of arriving at 6:50am on a Saturday. There was NO parking available. I was fortunate enough to park close enough away…

Long Day at Mt Umunhum

The gate was closed due to technical issue so instead of waiting, we parked our car at Almaden QuickSilver County Park parking lot.  We hiked…

Diablo hike of determination

This hike was tough. We chose the clockwise route on the summit loop from Mitchell canyon to make the descent a bit easier. My partner…

Mt. Umunhum (with bonus miles)

So it had been a while since I’ve done any serious hiking and I figured I would start off a little easy in order to…

Black Mountain

We tried to start at 7:30 at Rancho San Antonio Park but it was already full.  If your thinking of hiking from here I would…

Very first Peak Hike

One of the most famous hiking spot of Bay Area!! Great workout but not much greenery. Went after a decade and enjoyed the beautiful view…

Mt Diablo

This was a beautiful and challenging hike. We started when the gates opened (at 8am), pit stop at the nice clean bathrooms in the parking…

Off to Mount Saint Helena

I was wanting to do this hike on a not so warm day as most of the blogs or reviews related to the hike warned…

Rising to the Riisima Challenge

Summited my first of the six NorCal peaks. My pup and I began our hike at 10:30am from the Ohlone College trailhead. The weather was…

Beat the Heat

Left the trailhead at 7:30 while it was still relatively cool. Any later and would have been still hiking as temps rose through 90’s. Couldn’t…

Memorial Day hike to Mission Peak

Butterflies, ???? ladybugs, crows, oh my! Only a relatively few people today. Must’ve been too hot for the masses. But it was a good day…

Tam time!

Really lovely 16 mile loop. I always imagined this trail to be packed but I showed up at 7:00am, found a great parking spot, and…

Beautiful Day for a Hike

Started the hike about 7:30 am and finished about 11:45 am. We parked across the street in a small parking lot. There were not many…