Go Take a Hike… There’s One for Everybody!

 

San Juan Canyon in Belmont

San Juan Canyon in Belmont

 

Before you know it the summer heat will be upon us. It’s exhilarating to get outdoors when the weather is cooler and really experience and explore Bay Area trails.

In between the rain showers there may be some puddles to slog through, but with weatherized hiking boots and walking poles, you can really have a memorable getaway into nature.
I love experiencing the feel of being far away in nature yet while really being so close to the city.
Some special places to hike that I have discovered include:
The Bay Levee in Foster City known as the Levee Pedway next to the Belmont Slough. The trail follows the bayshore around the edge of the city and eventually crosses under the San Mateo Bridge. It is great for being flat and paved- super easy for all ages. One can take a 12 mile loop beginning in Redwood Shores. I love viewing the spear-billed egrets in the marshes.  http://www.fostercity.org
Water Dog Lake in Belmont – gives the opportunity to feel out of the city, but not having to work too hard. If you wish to go on side trails, Hidden Canyon trails connect to Water Dog, offering some good hills to climb and some decent steps to add to your Fitbit. This trail can be as easy or difficult as you are in the mood for. For a variety of details I recommend consulting the website http://www.bahiker.com
San Juan Canyon is also in Belmont. This is the little known system just behind San Mateo’s Sugarloaf Mountain. It is the newest addition to Belmont’s Parks and Recreation trails, so there is little development of the trails as of yet. It provides a nice chance to see native flora and fauna. The trail loops around, circling Belmont’s only horse ranch along the way. Technically, San Juan Canyon trails begin on Marsten Rd, but many begin the trail at Laurelwood Park in San Mateo. This entrance can be elusive, but go through the gate at the back of the park. You can also climb up one of Sugarloaf’s paths to the top: Aspire Higher.
The Redwood Shores Lagoon in Redwood City is a hub of activity during the sculling season. In a few months, there will be crews of rowing teams and weekend meets to watch from the paths along the shores. The nature is also active in and around the lagoon. One can view pelicans diving, jelly fish (yes jelly fish) floating peacefully and many egrets enhancing the view.
I am partial to the ridge-top trails in the hills of Belmont as they offer expansive views of the Peninsula.
The Peninsula Open Space Trust (P.O.S.T.) has a wonderful website describing dozens of great trails from easy to difficult http://www.openspacetrust.org

Happy Trekking ! It’s a great way to see what our Bay Area “back yard” has to offer.

Redwood Shores Walking Trail

Redwood Shores Walking Trail

 

Egret walking along Redwood Shores Lagoon.

Egret walking along Redwood Shores Lagoon.

Redwood Shores Lagoon

Redwood Shores Lagoon

Foster City Levee Pedway

Foster City Levee Pedway

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This post was written by Rumana Jabeen

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