What’s better than a long, challenging hike through a beautiful landscape?
An easy one! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good tough hike. But one of my favorite things about hiking is enjoying our open spaces with my friends and family, and easy hikes are perfect for a wide range of abilities.
But, you know, an easy hike isn’t just about starting on the right trail. It’s also about bringing the right things and making sure you’re comfortable along the way. How you pack your backpack, for example, can really make or break your hike. Want to see what I’m talking about?
Over the years, I’ve had the chance to explore a lot of our open spaces and I think I’ve found the five best trails for people looking for easy hikes in this extraordinary place we call home. I thought you might want to check them out too!
So, here they are. Five of my most favorite easy hikes on the Peninsula and in the South Bay:
Check out our hiking map featuring must-see destinations in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties! (If you’re looking for easy hikes in particular, note that you can filter the results by difficulty.)
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 86,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Learn more