Best Fall Hikes in the Bay Area Best Fall Hikes in the Bay Area

Best Fall Hikes in the Bay Area

By Melanie Abrantes

Best Fall Hikes in the Bay Area Best Fall Hikes in the Bay Area

Fall colors in the Bay Area!

The Bay Area doesn’t have many seasons but we still feel a distinct change from the summer to cooler months! Watch the leaves change colors, grab your hiking shoes and head out to our favorite Fall hikes in the Bay Area. Let's find the best hiking trails with burst of Fall colors to visit and enjoy the season in its full glory

Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, CA

Mount Tamalpais State Park captures the heart of Marin County with its golden grasslands, distinctive oak woods, stands of redwood forest, chaparral, and vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge. Try the Dipsea Trail if you're ready for a strenuous hike, this beautiful path takes you from Mount Tam's ridges and woods all the way down to Stinson beach.
 
Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, CA

Just a few miles over the mountain from downtown Oakland, a secret redwood forest may be found off Redwood Road. The park's 1833 acres include various evergreens, chaparral, and grasslands, in addition to a large forest of coast redwoods. Rare animals such as the golden eagle and the Alameda striped racer can be found in the area. Animals such as deer, raccoons, rabbits, and squirrels are frequently sighted.
    
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve in La Honda, CA

On the preserve's 2,000+ acres, the hills turn golden, and crisp leaves cover the trails. A 4-mile (round-trip) journey that includes a stretch of the Bay Area Ridge Trail combines autumn hues, ridgetop vistas, and a peaceful lake. The hike begins with the Visitor Center of David C. Daniels.
 
San Francisco Botanical Garden in San Francisco, CA

Though it's more of a walk than a hike, the San Francisco Botanical Garden's diverse collection of plants and trees makes a stroll through its 55 acres during the fall season a must-do. This botanical wonder within Golden Gate Park is full of foliage that changes from gemstone greens to bursts of gold, orange, and deep red-purple. From Japanese maples and ginkgo trees to dogwoods and Chinese tulip trees, travel the World in 55 Acres!
 
Happy hiking!