I can’t believe I waited until the end of summer 2013 to hike Muir Woods. Even as a Bay Area native, I have heard about this national monument, seen it on TV, but have never made the drive to visit. People come from all over the world to see the beautiful redwood trees and so I’m glad I had a chance to experience it right in my own backyard.
Muir Woods is located on the Pacific coast about 12 miles north of San Francisco in Marin County. I went with a friend and we drove from the east bay for about an hour to get to the park. Parking was kind of bad and there were a lot of tourist buses and hella people from all walks of life. We decided to bypass the tourist stroll and do the Dipsea trail which is about a 7 mile loop around the park, moderate to strenuous uphill, and took us about two hours. I won’t babble on about my experience because my pictures can explain it all, however just know that this was definitely one of my best hiking experiences in the bay!
I hit the trails this past weekend for some much needed fresh air at Redwood Regional Park; which is located in the Oakland Hills. I invited my co-worker along for the hike and we found ourselves lost between the Redwoods (figuratively). First of all, I am new to the hiking thing so as I was driving up Redwood road I stopped at nearly every staging area where I saw other cars just to see if the trail was okay for us. Little did I know that all the “safe” hikes were inside the regional park grounds. We past stables, horses, and even homes deep in the woods to get to our destination.
We paid $5 for parking and decided to do the “Stream Trail” which seemed to be easier since small children and elder people were walking it. Of course since I had a first-timmer with me who was scaring me to death talking about the “Blair Witch Project” and how she had no signal and how we should leave a paper trail. It was funny at first but then I got scared cause we were the only black girls out there that day. We soon got over it when we took a detour up the “Prince Trail” which was an uphill slope about half a mile. It really kicked my butt and reminded me that I was there to work out.
We hiked a total of 4.66 miles on the stream and prince trail. It’s a very scenic route where dogs and horses were allowed. I would rate it an easy/moderate hike, its great for beginners. I really enjoyed the redwood trees and the stream that we walked a long. My goal is to one day walk to the end …one day. Baby Steps.
Hiking has become my new found hobby that will help me to lose 20 more lbs by fall. Hiking is great exercise and bonding time that is right in our very on Bay Area Backyard. Check back for more hiking adventures next week!