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Think You’ve Hiked it All? Think Again

Three brand-new trails to explore throughout the Bay.

 

So you’ve sauntered the winding paths of Briones, conquered the steep ascents of the Dipsea, and trekked nearly every trail in between in a 60-mile radius? Congrats, but there are a few more to add to your bucket list. Three new hiking trails have opened in the last five months, in three parts of the Bay Area. Here’s the rundown on what to expect from each.

South Bay
In Santa Clara, the official opening celebration for the new John Nicholas Trail kicks off this Saturday at Sanborn County Park. Catch a shuttle from the park’s parking lot to the ribbon cutting at 9 am, then join one of the trail’s guided hikes. Choose from a half-hour round-trip walk to the new vista point or, for the ambitious, a 7-mile round-trip hike across green hills and rocky ledges. If schlepping it doesn’t appeal to you, there are other choices for exploring—including mountain biking and horseback riding. 

North Bay
In Sonoma, the East Slope Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail is now open in Jack London State Historic Park. On March 28 or May 2, you can be one of the first to catch a glimpse of this formerly inaccessible land on a 13-mile round-trip naturalist-led hike. Just be there at 2400 London Ranch Road in Glen Ellen by 9 am. to meet up with the group. Or take to the trail yourself. Hikers will traverse evergreen forests, meadows that tend to have lots of wildflowers this time of year, and switchbacks that lead to stunning views of the Sonoma Valley and San Pablo Bay. The new trail begins at mile marker five, near the summit of Sonoma Mountain. 

East Bay
A long-abandoned country road in Martinez has a new life as part of the San Francisco Bay Trail. After $5.5 million in renovations, the George Miller Trail now links Martinez to Port Costa by way of a scenic paved path designed for walkers, runners, and cyclists. Tracing the Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline along 1,415 acres of bluffs and wetlands, the 1.7-mile trail boasts views of the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. 

 

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