It’s October, which means:
a) Rainy season could start any day now. Dig your gaiters back out.
b) Some trees will turn color (but most won’t).
c) Shadeless East and South Bay parks are livable again.
d) Big hairy spiders are prowling for love in said shadeless parks.
f) Late-season Sierra backpackers get caught in blizzards.
g) Flaming-red poison oak is as pretty as it’s ever going to get.
So, folks, what are the best autumn hikes in the Bay Area? The coast certainly springs to mind because there’s much less fog at this time of year (though there can be freakishly hot days like the one we had at Tomales Point last week). Bahiker.com recommends:
- North Bay:
- China Camp State Park
- Jack London State Historic Park
- Olompali State Park
- Samuel P. Taylor State Park
- Briones Regional Park
- Castle Rock State Park
- Fall Creek Unit: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
- Sawyer Camp Trail
Peninsula and South Bay:
Send along suggestions if you can top these.