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  1. This preserve features 65 miles of diverse trails and natural beauty.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    33.3 miles
    Duration
    Full Weekend
  2. Haypress in Tennessee Valley is a great campsite for any beginner backpacker or last-minute seasoned slackpacker. It’s an easy excursion just out of San Francisco city limits nestled in the quiet Golden Gate National Recreation Area in the North Bay.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    9.0 miles
    Duration
    One day to one weekend
  3. Four campgrounds with four very different personalities.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    27.7 miles
    Duration
    Full day to weekend
  4. Steep Ravine is straight out of a fairy tale. A coastal, camping kind of fairy tale set in Northern California. Cozy rustic cottages line the steep rocky cliffs, as cold and heavy waves break below.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    13.5 miles
    Duration
  5. Hidden within a redwood-filled canyon, Butano State Park is easily one of the most quiet and remote state parks on the peninsula.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    40.0 miles
    Duration
    Overnight to a weekend. The 4 mile hike in takes about an hour.
  6. The Snow Mountain Wilderness is a great weekend destination that offers plenty of trails, refreshingly high elevations, and gorgeous vistas.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    112.4 miles
    Duration
    Full Weekend
  7. Mount Diablo has got it all: hiking, cycling, and family camping.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    28.5 miles
    Duration
    Full day to weekend
  8. A picturesque 5 -mile hike from the Crabtree trailhead. Perfect for beginner backpackers bringing along their dogs.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    135.2 miles
    Duration
    With a heavy weekend pack, you'll likely walk slow, dodging tree roots and big rocks.
  9. Begin in the Santa Cruz Mountains, hike through a redwood forest, and then end your journey at the Pacific Ocean.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    41.2 miles
    Duration
    While you'll need about three days to finish the whole route, you can opt for a day trips or a shorter, out-and-back excursion to the campsites during the first part of the hike. Keep in mind, however, that the return trip on those will be mostly uphill.
  10. Less than 30 minutes from the city and within the Redwoods is a perfect campground on Mt. Tam

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    12.3 miles
    Duration
  11. This is a challenging, yet rewarding hike with a lot of elevation gain.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    34.2 miles
    Duration
    Full day to weekend
  12. The largest of the islands that dot San Francisco Bay, Angel Island has an especially strong appeal for the camping and backpacking set.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    6.4 miles
    Duration
    One day to several days
  13. Old-growth redwood forests, waterfalls, and some of the most beautiful coastal landscapes of the Bay Area: It’s hard to top an overnight trek along the famed Skyline-to-Sea Trail in Santa Cruz.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    39.4 miles
    Duration
  14. Mount Tamalpais State Park is a great place for a weekend camping getaway.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    12.3 miles
    Duration
    Full day or weekend
  15. This is a gorgeous, pristine area located just north of Yosemite and offering a wide array of hiking, camping, and nature-viewing options.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    135.2 miles
    Duration
    Full Weekend
  16. Group camping at it's finest, bring 20 of your closest friends for a party in the redwoods.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    12.3 miles
    Duration
  17. The most incredible views from any California campground are at Kirby Cove. Just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, this highly sought after spot has it’s own beach and five campsites with panoramic views of the city, gazing up at the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    5.2 miles
    Duration
  18. Dotted along the curve of Drakes Bay and the Inverness Ridge, the hike-in campsites at Point Reyes offer a relaxing coastal backpacking experience.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    27.7 miles
    Duration
    This post describes the hike to Coast Camp, a short, 1.8-mile meander through a valley from the trailhead to the ocean, but the network of connecting trails make it possible to extend your hike in any direction. Add mileage by day hiking from Coast Camp, or plan a relaxing multi-day backpacking trip and catch all 4 camps.
  19. One of the best-kept secrets among Bay Area outdoor lovers, 1,991-acre Bothe-Napa Valley State Park is nestled in the heart of some of Northern California’s most coveted wine country.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    53.8 miles
    Duration
    One day to several days.
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