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Mount Tamalpais

Trail was great! There were some portions that had fallen trees from the recent wind storm and other parts were muddy from the rain. It…

Mount Umunhum

Got in the hike before the big rain event hit.   Small parking lot but arrived early enough that there were spaces.  The trail was well…

We did the Summit, not the thicket

After leaving home in the dark, we got a pretty early start to be sure we’d have plenty of time.  Having done this hike before…

The Mt Diablo Challenge!

Diablo is best hiked on a cool day and we fortunately picked a perfect weather day. It is a long hike with lots of elevation…

I’m Peaking!

Well little did I know I chose to go during a red flag wind advisory lol. Not only that, I picked the time it would…

Mount Tamalpais

Trail was great. Loved the lookout tower! Lots of connecting trails. We stayed on the east peak side.

Conquered Mt Diablo Aka Mt Devil

Even though the signs say 8pm, the gate opened at 7am at the Mitchell Canyon Parking Lot. Make sure you have $6 to put in…

Saved the best for last, Mt Tam!

An absolutely perfect day to be out there! The view was spectacular. Was hoping to catch the Blue Angels in action but they stayed close…

Beautiful Fall day at Black Mountain

Gorgeous day hike with perfect weather and clear skies.  Trail was very well maintained and steep in a few sections.  11 miles or so with…

Saved the best for last!

Such a gorgeous hike! The best of both California worlds –  start and finish the day at the beach and spend the day in hiking…

Rock and Root Hikers

Black Mountain was another wonderful hike with great friends and great company along with great booster drink.

Mt St Helena

Beautiful views!  And perfect hiking weather. One of the easier hikes on this list, no doubt.

Mt. St. Helena

This was the easiest hike of the Six Pack which I appreciated since it is the furthest from where I live. It was a cold…

Mt Saint Helena Conquered!

I arrived at the parking area on 29 around 6:15am. It’s was way too dark to start the hike so, I waited till sunrise 🌅.…

Hot, hot, hot!

It was very hot but we didn’t start til 11:30. About 2 miles to peak from parking lot so 4 miles round trip. The water…

Wellness Wednesday Hike

After having a tough week , my great friend and I decided a evening  hike would be our first summit of our 6 Peak Challenge.…

Sunset Mission Peak

The trails was rocky in areas, but typical MP.  It was a great time to hike, starting around 5;45P and ending around 8P.  The sunset…

Summiting Mt. Diablo

It was a perfect sunny day for a hike.  We started at the visitor center parking lot at Mitchell Canyon.  We took the trail to…

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…

Ashley & Kim demolish Diablo

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

Rock and Root Hike

This was a beautiful hike.  Great times with great friends😁

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…

Mission Peak #3 of 6

Steep open path so check the weather. great views en route and from the peak!

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…

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…

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…

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…

Rock and Root Hikers

It was a very hot hike.  Luckily we did the hike in reverse order so that by the time it got hot during the day,…

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.

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…

helena

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

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…

Conquered Black Mountain

I arrived at the gate at 5:30 am and was 3rd in line waiting for the gate to open at 6am. Quickly there  became 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.…

Mt Tam

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

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)…

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…