Looking to get a little outdoor activity in after being cooped up at work or inside the gym all week? As the weather gets a little warmer and the summer months creep up, what better way to work up a sweat and burn calories than taking an amazing hike? Explore the incredible outdoors of the Bay Area with these out of this world San Francisco trails recommended by our DIAKADI trainers.
DIAKADI trainer ANGELA TIERI recommends
BLITHEDALE PARK, MILL VALLEY CA
This preserve is the largest link (639 acres!) in a chain of preserves that follow the “Northridge” of Mount Tamalpais as it sweeps down between the communities of Mill Valley and Corte Madera. During the winter you can come across small waterfalls, sweet-smelling blossoms dangling from manzanita shrubs, and long views through the clear weather.
Moderate -- 6.6 mile loop -- 1300 ft. elevation change
DIAKADI trainer ZACH SCIOLI recommends
INDIAN TREE TRAIL open space preserve, novato ca
Located in west Novato, at the end of a quiet neighborhood on Vineyard road, this is a hike for tree lovers, as the trails ascend through dense groves of oak, bay and madrone, rewarding you with a lush redwood forest at the top of the mountain. This hike includes wonderful shade, cool temperatures and fog that brushes over the mountain tops, making it a delight for the dogs and perfect hiking weather for humans.
Moderate -- 5.5 mile loop -- 1200 ft. elevation change
DIAKADI trainer JOE ANDREWS recommends
CATARACT FALLS TRAIL LOOP, stinson beach ca
Cataract Creek Trail is your perfect vacation day in the woods. The creek's waterfalls provide a spectacular anchor for a 7-mile loop through the scenic lands of the Mount Tamalpais Watershed. You could just hike a mile and a quarter to the top of the Cataract Creek Trail and return, but if you're going to drive this deep into the Marin County backcountry, you may as well get a few hours of hiking in. The loop includes scenic vistas stretching to the Pacific Ocean, narrow single-track into the wooded hillsides into forests of young redwood and Douglas fir. This is definitely one of the best of Marin County's 500 miles of trails.
Moderate -- 7.7 mile out and back -- 1100 ft. climb
DIAKADI trainer ALEX ROBINSON recommends
TWIN LAKES DESOLATION WILDERNESS HIKE, el dorado county ca
The Twin Lakes Trail is fairly strenuous, but the best views come from the hardest climbs, right? You'll be able to see the beautiful Wrights Lakes in El Dorado County, streams that flow into them, open meadows, and high mountain peaks.
Moderate -- 2.5 miles one way to Twin Lakes -- 1300 ft. elevation change
**FOR THOSE adventurous bay area-ers LOOKING TO TAKE A ROAD TRIP UP NORTH**
DIAKADI trainer DUSTIN EASTMENT recommends
PUNCHBOWL FALLS HIKE, Multnomah County oregon
The years have carved a deep, bowl-shaped pool at the base of the falls, creating a cathedralesque, circular basin, giving this mesmerizing trail the name, "Punchbowl Falls". During summer months, it's a popular swimming hole spot for adults and kids to cool off. Get here early on summer weekdays or in the off season so you and your pup can have some sweet and serene solitude.
Easy -- 3.4 miles -- 109 ft elevation change
What are you waiting for??? Get out and explore the beautiful trails the West Coast has to offer.
Move the body, still the mind.
It's adventure time.