Entries tagged with “Peninsula”.


Check out the great artwork bark beetles did in this fallen log!

Stay tuned, and we’ll tell you all about our great hike down the Peninsula with the Woodswoman.

The hiking book: 60 Hikes Withinin 60 Miles: San Francisco
The distance: 8.1 miles (the loop is 7.4 miles, but we added on a bit unintentionally owing to a wrong turn near the top of the ridge)
The CityGirls rating: 7

It had been quite some time since we’d been out hiking, so we braved the roads this Labor Day weekend for our nature fix. With the Bay Bridge closed as they finished up the new span, we decided it would be best to stay away from all the other bridges, which are picking up the slack with the main East-West artery closed. So we headed down the Peninsula to Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, one of many parks tucked between Skyline Boulevard and the coast.



The hiking book: Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area (Falcon Guides)
The distance: 4.3 miles (full trail is listed as 8.1 miles)
The CityGirls rating: 8 for the coastal trail, 2 for the trail towards Montara Mountain
Craving ocean and fresh air, we drove down to Montara and Gray Whale Cove State Beaches, just south of Devil’s Slide.

The ocean and cliffs are good for the soul.

The new tunnels on Highway 1 bypassing Devil’s Slide had just recently opened after years of construction, and while we were sad to miss out on the beauty of the rocks around the promontory at Devil’s Slide, we didn’t miss the precarious nature of that stretch of road.

Hey look! A tunnel! That’s much better than having rocks fall on you while driving around Devil’s Slide.

The Grey Whale Cove trail along the coast was beautiful. In fact, it was extra beautiful because it was wildflower season, and the blooms were both abundant and varied.


The hiking book: Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area (Falcon Guides)
The distance: 6 miles
The CityGirls rating: 5

We needed to get out of the city for a bit but didn’t want to drive too far, so we headed south to some of the protected land on the Peninsula. There’s a big slice of land on the Peninsula that is protected as state and county parks, fish and game refuge, and water district lands.


Sweeney Ridge is across the Peninsula from the airport and at the northern end of the chain of reservoir lakes that store water for the city of San Francisco.

In San Francisco, 85% of our water comes from Hetch Hetchy, a dammed valley in Yosemite National Park. The Hetch Hetchy dam and water system were created in the early 20th century to provide water for the Bay Area. The dam is owned by the city of San Francisco and provides water for much of the Bay Area.