strenuous hikes

Hike The Great Park: Whitehouse Ridge

View of Point Ano Nuevo from Whitehouse Ridge Trail. Photo by Allison Titus.

This short and sweet—but very steep—trail in Año Nuevo State Park climbs 800 feet in just over a mile.

Whitehouse Ridge Trail

The view of Point Ano Nuevo from the Whitehouse Ridge Trail. Allison Titus photo.

There's more to Año Nuevo than elephant seals.

McNee Ranch

The view from Montara Mountain at McNee Ranch: not too shabby. Photo by Eugene Kim on Flickr.

A steep trail and epic views just outside Half Moon Bay.

Quest for The Storyteller's Hot Springs

The swimming hole near Indians—with rope swing and rocks for high noon sunning. Photo by Brooke Wright.

Chasing a rumor in Ventana Wilderness

Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail Report

Skyline to the Sea Trail overlooking Waddell Beach. Hilltromper photo.

Thinking about hiking the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail? Read this first.

Juniper Canyon Loop

Dramatic outcroppings and volcanic spires make the Juniper Canyon Trail at Pinnacles a visual feast. Photo by Miguel Vieira/Flickr.

4.3 miles; 2 to 3 hours; strenuous, with an elevation gain of 1200 feet
Pinnacles National Park

Big Loop to West Ridge Trail Camp and Five Finger Falls, Part 2

Footbridge near West Ridge Camp. Photo by Garrett McAuliffe.

West Ridge Trail Camp to park HQ (approx. 7 miles)
Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Big Loop to West Ridge Trail Camp and Five Finger Falls

If banana slugs like it, you probably will too... right? Photo by Garrett McAuliffe.

Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
Park HQ to West Ridge Trail Camp (approx. 7 miles)

Berry Creek Falls from HQ

Berry Creek Falls plunge 60 feet and always please the crowd. Photo by Gnissah/Creative Commons.

Sunset Trail to Berry Creek Falls to Skyline to Sea Trail
10.5 miles RT; 6 hours; strenuous

West Ridge Loop

Redwoods and ferns: like peas and carrots. Photo by Maria Grusauskas.

Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
7.9 miles; 3.5 hours; 600 feet elev. gain; moderate to strenuous