The New Year is arriving and like most we resolved to get outside more and enjoy nature. San Mateo County/Silicon Valley is the perfect backyard for to start on a new path. Here are five hikes to get you started…

1.) Crystal Springs Regional Trail -  This planned trail reaches from San Bruno to Woodside. You’ll find walkers, runners, skating/rollerbladers, bicycling and horseback riding        on this trail. No dogs or pets are allowed on any part of the trail. It is divide into three segments, San Andreas, Sawyer Camp and Crystal Springs.


2.) San Francisco Bay Discovery Site – After a steady incline up Sweeney Ridge you will be rewarded with a 360 view from inland to the Bay, and along the ocean coast as far      as Point Reyes. A total distance 5.66 miles roundtrip this hike allows dogs one leash.


3.) The Dish (Palo Alto) – A favorite of locals, The Dish sits on Stanford land and serves many purposes including academic programs, environmental restoration and for the          purposes of this blog – recreation! The path is open daily from sunrise to sunset throughout the year.


4.) Devil’s Slide Trail – This trail is a converted portion of Highway 1decditaed to hikers, runners, bicyclists this paved trail overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The trail is fairly short at      1.3 miles but very rewarding in regards to the view. Whales, dolphins and seals have been spotted during migration season. The trail is leashed dog-friendly.


5.) Sam McDonald Pescadero Creek – This park at the south end of San Mateo County has several different trails, Big Tree, Heritage Grove and Towne Fire. It is open to                hikers, runners, bicyclists and equestrians but does not allow pets on any of the trails. Trail distances range from 1.2 miles to a 5.0 mile loop.