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    Your best day hikes in the South Bay

    Hello friends. I have some buddies visiting in a few weeks. Thinking about taking them out on a hike on a Friday morning/afternoon. Mountain View/Sunnyvale area is home base.

    I only know the bike trails... what are your best day hikes in the area? The more remote the better (not saying much for this area I know...).

    Strenuous is fine. Loops are even better! Santa Cruz mountains somewhere?

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    I hate hiking anywhere with fences or crowds. My go to hike is Eagle Rock at the top of Empire grade.

    Henry Coe has some good opportunities to explore too. But not really enjoyable during the summer.

    Pacifica is good for hiking too.

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    It's a bit of a drive and not particularly remote, but if you have time you should take them to the coast - maybe Ano Nuevo to check out the elephant seals and you could do Waddell Creek or Wilder as well.

    Big Basin is also a good choice, but the waterfalls are probably all dry. If you want closer, there are a ton of Redwoods hikes like Castle Rock, Portola, Purisma or even Skeggs or Nisene since you probably already know the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post

    Pacifica is good for hiking too.
    Pacifica is epic for hiking as well but could be a hellish a drive from Sunnyvale if you didn't time traffic right - I guess that could be said for anywhere - hit me up if you want epic Pacifica routes

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    Steven’s Canyon would be cool too. Very convenient location for you and you may not even see another person. Still nice and green right now. Just not really anywhere to park at the bottom for hikers.

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    Fall Creek out of Felton is nice.

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    I did berry falls once. Pretty good hike.


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    One of my all time favorites, pinnacles national park. The caves are pretty cool.


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    This time of year definitely recommend redwoods or coast. Fall Creek, Henry Cowell, big basin. Regardless start early!!

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    Try hiking to the blockhouse on Mt. Umunhum. 3.7 miles each way and great views.

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    Peters Creek redwood grove in Portola is one of my favorite hikes. Usually dont see a soul past the camp.
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    Fall Creek State Park in Felton is very, very good, specially when the water is flowing.

    Castle Rock State Park turns out to be amazing is as well for hiking. Take the left fork, perimeter trail which has grand vistas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Fall Creek State Park in Felton is very, very good, specially when the water is flowing.

    Castle Rock State Park turns out to be amazing is as well for hiking. Take the left fork, perimeter trail which has grand vistas.
    I swing by that parking lot every time I do JNT. The sign has some good info for all the hikes in there. That might be a good spot for us to go!

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    The other one is the hallowed Mission Peak hike. It is crowded on weekends so do it on a weekday. It's a 2000 foot 3+ mile hike with stunning views. Do it from Stanford Ave. in Fremont.

    https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/missionpeak/
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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    I hate hiking anywhere with fences or crowds. My go to hike is Eagle Rock at the top of Empire grade.

    Henry Coe has some good opportunities to explore too. But not really enjoyable during the summer.

    Pacifica is good for hiking too.
    It burnt down over the weekend unfortunately. That was one of my favorite spots as well.

    https://www.ksbw.com/article/old-cal-fire-lookout-burns-to-the-ground-in-santa-cruz-mountains/22645030

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    Here's a good Henry Coe loop.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/1615791072

    Might be a little toasty. Bring lots of water and filter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted View Post
    Try hiking to the blockhouse on Mt. Umunhum. 3.7 miles each way and great views.
    The Blockhouse on private property? ..above Eagle Pines and The Narrows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    The other one is the hallowed Mission Peak hike. It is crowded on weekends so do it on a weekday. It's a 2000 foot 3+ mile hike with stunning views. Do it from Stanford Ave. in Fremont.

    https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/missionpeak/
    Ugh! If you don't like crowds and parking issues, start from Ohlone College...or stay away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by griffsterb View Post
    I swing by that parking lot every time I do JNT. The sign has some good info for all the hikes in there. That might be a good spot for us to go!
    It's a cool hike, but it gets crazy crowded on the weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    It's a cool hike, but it gets crazy crowded on the weekend.
    Going out on a Friday morning dirt. You think Castle would be good then? Which loop?

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    You should be fine on a Friday. We've only hiked there once (but I see all the traffic there on weekends). We did a lollipop loop from the main entrance on Hwy 35; there are a couple ways to extend it. You could also start on Hwy 9 and do a Skyline-to-Sea loop.

    The series of falls (4?) at Big Basin are pretty cool. I'm sure there's still some water running. It might be kinda long from Waddell Creek, but you could start from in the park. Have fun!
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    I did the Berry Falls hike in Big Basin one week ago. Berry Falls is running nicely. It was a great hike, nice winding trail up and down and through deep redwoods (not a great hike for mountaintop views). We did this as an out-and-back because my co-hikers did not want to climb up to the other falls. It was a moderate 9.5 mile out-and-back on the Skyline-to-Sea trail (with a short 1 mile detour around a massive slide). Can easily be extended to about 11 miles or so loop to take in more falls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karld View Post
    The Blockhouse on private property? ..above Eagle Pines and The Narrows?
    Mount Umunhum was opened up to the public in October 2017. The shˇt’s legit!
    one by nine works just fine but single speed is all ya need
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