I’m posting because, ahem, I wrote most of them (and Stuart of Trailspotting wrote the rest, on his favorite Hawaii hikes).

It was an ambitious project: Joost Schreve, EveryTrail’s CEO, hired me to write 25 guides to Bay Area hikes — I’ve been working on them off and on over the past two months; it’s one of the main reasons I wasn’t blogging.

I tried to cover all the Bay Area bases with an intro to the Bay Area, turn-by-turn directions on hikes such as Mission Peak and the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, points of interest such as the Marin Headlands and Angel Island, and themes such as redwood and wildflower hikes.

Pretty much everything in the guides has been covered here — while it was tough writing about all the great Bay Area hikes while living 2,700 miles away, it was a way to remain connected to them.