escaping San Francisco: let's go outside
July 11, 2014 1:27 PM   Subscribe

The girl and I miss trees. And feel a little claustrophobic. Where could we go that is close to SF but out of Sf. It should be warm. And we would like to do it on a week night.
posted by jander03 to Science & Nature (17 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Trees? Any direction but west. There are beautiful hikes all along skyline if you go south, the hills in the easy bay are full of great hikes, and north is muir woods and lots of smaller parks.
posted by foodgeek at 1:35 PM on July 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

Berkeley Botanical Garden or the Albany Bulb? Warm, trees, accessible on a weeknight. Plus mad good views.
posted by Snarl Furillo at 1:35 PM on July 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

The cure for what ails you and your lady:
Redwood Regional Park in Oakland.

Chabot Space Center & Science Center After Dark events
posted by chloe.gelsomino at 1:35 PM on July 11, 2014

What's your transportation situation? Car or public transit?
posted by radioamy at 1:36 PM on July 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

I'd drive south on Skyline, Highway 9. Trees!
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 1:38 PM on July 11, 2014

Muir Woods.
posted by Michele in California at 1:45 PM on July 11, 2014 [3 favorites]

Edgewood Park and Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve are both free, warm, and wooded. They're an easy drive down 280, and in that sunny San Carlos/Redwood City sweet spot. Pulgas Ridge allows dogs; Edgewood doesn't.
posted by purpleclover at 2:02 PM on July 11, 2014

For a more regular dose of tree, you could volunteer with the Friends of the Urban Forest. Spending some time regularly with the few trees that are available might provide limited ongoing reprieve.
posted by aniola at 2:10 PM on July 11, 2014

Muir Woods is not likely to be warm is SF is not warm, particularly in the evening. The north side of Mount Tam tends to be warmer and less foggy. I suggest giving Deer Park in Fairfax a try, or Phoenix Lake in Ross.
posted by imalaowai at 2:15 PM on July 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

You have many hundreds of options. May I suggest bookmarking It's at least 80% same-day trips or overnights around SF.

The East Bay Regional Park system is huge (see map). 65 parks. Almost all of them amazing and sunny and with gorgeous views and easy to get to.
posted by quarterframer at 2:53 PM on July 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

Tilden Regional Park is in the Berkeley Hills has warmer weather than SF, lots of trees, and a sunny ridge line trail if you want that. Very easy to get to, too. There are some nice hiking trails and the ridge line is paved if you want to bring bikes.

Minor woods is stunning, but very cool and shady. Definitely on the to-do list, but may not be quite what you want.
posted by jrobin276 at 3:13 PM on July 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

Definitely Muir Woods, in Marin County. The only problem is that you have to cross the Golden Gate Bridge during rush hour to get there, if you're trying to get there on a week night. (Keep in mind that the park closes at sunset.)
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 3:30 PM on July 11, 2014

How important is warmth? Berkeley's not warm in the evening, neither is Muir Woods. Also there's the challenge of fighting traffic during rush hour. One of the parks further inland (Walnut Creek-ish) would be warmer, though also more annoying to get to at that time of day. Would the weekend be a possibility? Then you could leave early morning, go farther, and maximum the daytime warmth.
posted by three_red_balloons at 4:08 PM on July 11, 2014

Just past the Caldecot tunnel on the other side of the East Bay hills is are lots of regional parks, and the temperature difference between Berkeley and Orinda/Moraga is usually substantial (think fog vs bright and sunny). It's also warmer down toward Hayward. Take a look at the EBRP (east bay regional parks district) website and find a park in those parts. They have descriptions and pictures of the various parks in their park finder. East Bay Mud also has some very nice trails, like at Lafayette Reservoir and many adjacent to the EBRPD trails.
posted by k8oglyph at 4:27 PM on July 11, 2014

What about the Russian River Valley? I hear it's warmer over there. Guerneville is said to be a cute little resort town.
posted by toomuchkatherine at 11:21 AM on July 12, 2014

Visit the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek! They're open until 7pm on Thursdays through the summer. Bring a six-pack or a bottle of wine and a picnic and sit in the garden and enjoy the glowy, warm early evening sun. And Walnut Creek is consistently 20+ degrees hotter than SF.
posted by missmary6 at 12:37 PM on July 12, 2014

Ended up in Wild Cat Canyon park near The Bulb. We walked in a dry river bed under a canopy of trees. Thanks!
posted by jander03 at 12:41 PM on July 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

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