Bill’s Hill and More: Henry W. Coe State Park

Bill’s Hill and Kickham Ranch Unit Office: 10 miles, 1,600 ft of gain (moderate) Note: This hike includes cross-country travel. Make sure you have a good map, a decent sense of direction, and know how to use both. Note: Beginner Mountain Bikers: Hunting Hollow Road is very scenic and relatively flat. It’s a great place to…

Crockett Hills Regional Park

Crockett Hills Regional Park is a great place to take an afternoon stroll, walk your dog, or practice your mountain biking skills. Located near the Town of Crockett, the park offers stellar views of Mount Tamalpais, the San Pablo Bay, and the Carquinez straight. We opted to loop around the outer edges of the park…

Pacheco State Park

Most trips outside of the Bay Area involve a drive over Pacheco Pass. We have whizzed past Dinosaur Point many times and often thought of pulling off to see it. However, we never have… until now! Dinosaur Point is located at the end of Dinosaur Point Road in Hollister; it is a boat ramp for…

Kelly Lake: Henry W. Coe State Park

Henry W. Coe State Park is notorious for its massive calf-wrenching hills and hot hot heat. This trip was no exception. We headed to the park for a 24-mile over-nighter  to Kelly Lake expecting mild, fall weather. Unfortunately, the day brought on high temperatures and plenty of direct sunlight. At the Coe, spring, fall, and…

Solitude So Close to Home: Henry W. Coe State Park

Henry W. Coe State Park is California’s second largest (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park being the largest). Despite it’s 89,000 acres, the park receives only 40,000 visitors a year. It’s a small wonder, given the name of this blog, that we love this park so much. Sitting only a short drive from the populous Santa Clara…

Yak Back to Back: Corkscrew and Elkhorn Sloughs

We’ve been slackin’ on our yakin’ so we decided that we would spend this entire weekend in our boats. The biggest benefit being, that while living in an apartment, navigating two 12 foot boats through the living room, the kitchen, and down a flight of stairs takes some amount of work. For a day of…

Canyon of the Grapes: Uvas Canyon County Park

Uvas Canyon is a rather small park located on the East side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s also one of the bast places in the area to get your waterfall fix. With 7 miles of trails you can cover every inch of trail on your visit and this is our attempt to do so.…