Get Some Air
For a truly unique aerial Bay Area view,
hop on one of the two vintage prop
planes run by Seaplane Adventures (
pictured). The family-owned Mill Valley
company, founded in 1945 by World War
II seaplane pilot Bob Law, offers a variety of flights, including the Norcal Coast
Tour, traveling out to the wild beaches of
Point Reyes; the Golden Gate Tour, highlighting local landmarks like the Golden
Gate Bridge and Muir Woods; and the
Sunset Champagne Tour to Stinson
Beach, which includes two glasses of
premium champagne. seaplane.com
• MOUNT TAMALPAIS (MARIN COUNTY)
2,571 feet; 5 or 10 miles, one-way
Whether you park half way up or start
from the bottom, you’ll be grateful for the
360-degree Bay Area perspective from
the top of Mount Tam.
• MOUNT LIVERMORE, ANGEL ISLAND
(MARIN COUNT Y)
1,400 feet; 11-mile loop
The hike up Mount Livermore is easy for
all skill levels and there are picnic tables
at the top. Combined with a walk along
Perimeter Road that encircles the island,
this hike reveals the best of Angel Island.
• HILL 88 (MARIN COUNTY)
1,500 feet; 4-mile loop
Bring your camera for this hike to a former Nike missile site. Park in Sausalito’s
Rodeo Beach lot, find the trail to your
right and continue up.
• BALD MOUNTAIN, SUGARLOAF RIDGE
STATE PARK (SONOMA COUNT Y)
2,720 feet; 6-mile loop
Get an aerial view of wine country from
this easily accessible peak. Begin from
the parking lot on Lower Bald Mountain
Trail, and when you come to a fork, stay
to the left to remain on the trail, and loop
from the summit back to the parking lot.
• MOUNT DIABLO (CONTRA COSTA COUNT Y)
3,849 feet; 6-mile loop
Diablo’s summit offers panoramas of the
entire Bay Area. We recommend taking
your time on the trail to truly enjoy the
flora, fauna and amazing views.
• MONTARA MOUNTAIN, MCNEE RANCH
STATE PARK (SAN MATEO COUNTY)
1,900 feet; 8-mile loop
Start at the McNee Ranch trailhead and
journey to North Peak. There is ample
We rounded up or down for hiking mileage. For specific directions go to marinmagazine.com/hikes.
Rise, shine and climb. Find the morning sun on one of these
Marin Magazine–vetted above-the-clouds hikes. Pick a Peak
parking at this starting point, but those
looking for a longer trip should begin at
Gray Whale Cove State Beach.