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1. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 11y

I'm looking for cool hiking spots in and around Oakland. Anything within a 45 minute drive. I've heard about a couple of cool spots over in Marin County. Anybody done any hiking out here

2. Posted by pschwerdt (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Yes! The best place I think is up in Marin / Sonoma County, Point Reyes National Seashore. My favorite hike there is one from Palo Marin to Wildcat Beach... you see a lot of little lakes, and at the end you can see a waterfall that falls into the ocean.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

My personal favorite is the Muir Woods in Marin country. It's about 20 minutes from the Marin county side of the Golden Gate bridge, if I recall correctly. It's pretty busy right by the entrance when you first go in, as there is a big parking lot and wooded trail for the (gasp) tourists to follow. But you can head out and pretty quickly be on your own and away from the crowds. The National Park Service has a website which includes a trail map. Note that you can hike right down to the ocean (if you so wish).

I also liked Mount Diablo State park. Once at the top of Mount Diablo, you can see more land than anywhere in the world except for Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa (other mountains have all those peaks in the range blocking their views apparently), though the view is a little spoiled by the fact that fat asses can drive up with their snot-nosed kids to the top. However, it can be an invigorating hike up while it lasts. Check out the state park website for information on Mount Diablo State Park, which includes a trail map in the brouchre. I think it should be less than 30 minutes from Oakland.

The trail maps are not super detailed. You can probably buy train maps with geographical relief features and the like in California.

4. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 11y

Thanks Paul and Greg. Apparently, Marin County has a lot of great hiking and scenery. I haven't gotten to do too much looking around out there even though I work right in San Rafael. But now I have a little more direction. Sounds like I need to get out there and do a little more exploring in Marin. Cheers!:)