Hike Ideas? - Northern California

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    Aug 24, 2013 7:04 PM GMT
    What hikes have you been on, in Northern California, which are for more experienced hikers seeking a challenge?

    Ideally, this would be a "day hike" with an early start leaving San Francisco, and a relatively late afternoon return (about 5:00pm-ish). Also, the ideal hike would be in one of the eight counties which touch San Francicso Bay, but could be north of SF in Marin, Napa, or Sonoma Counties.

    Any thoughts from the experienced hikers on here?

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    Aug 24, 2013 7:31 PM GMT
    Check out SFHiking.com They are the Pros.
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    Aug 24, 2013 8:18 PM GMT
    I have done Mount Tamalpais, there are several trails and it can be challenging - one to keep in mind.
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    Aug 24, 2013 8:55 PM GMT
    Sounds like a great place to hike.... wish it weren't so far away
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    Aug 24, 2013 9:17 PM GMT
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    The Phleger estate trails in Woodside (south of San Francisco) are amazing and a good hike. Google Phleger Estate trails for more maps and details. This just opened in the 90's and before that it was part of a private estate next door to Filoli (a National Trust property) in Woodside. Talk about a great hike. This hike can do more for you - as far as a 'mental health day' then two years on a psychiatrist's couch!
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    Aug 24, 2013 9:35 PM GMT
    Alamere Falls (about 10 miles RT from Palomarin (Bolinas). I recently did the hike from the hostel on Limantour Road (RT maybe 23 miles), and it is incredibly beautiful.

    Mount Diablo is a relatively challenging hike - about 15 miles roundtrip and over 3000 feet of elevation gain. Best to do in spring because it gets blazing hot in summer and there isn't much water along the trail.

    I've never done the Skyline-to-Sea trail in the Santa Cruz Mountains, but want to. It's 29.5 miles, but I imagine you could probably find an interim starting place (perhaps in Big Basin?) that would shorten it to a more reasonable dayhike.

    Climbing Mount Saint Helena (near Calistoga) from the trailhead is about 10 miles and 1,300 feet elevation gain. Could be fun to pair it with a winery visit or something. I rock climb out there sometimes and it's beautiful.
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    Aug 26, 2013 1:21 AM GMT
    This is a cross-post from the RUNNING Forum.

    Try White Mountain Peak in the central California Eastern Sierra mountains http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Mountain_Peak
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    The peak is 14,246 ft/4342 m, 14 mi round trip, with a climb of 3500 ft from the base camp at 11,680 ft /3560 m. Doable in 6-8 h.