> It doesn't do a lot for me... but a number of people here would would suggest henry coe.
It is the only place in the Bay Area where you can camp, other than at established campsites. That alone is pretty attractive.
It has a lot of up-and-down -- good planning can eliminate some of that, but not all of it. Depending on your mindset, that can be seen as a nice challenge.
It is pretty, and you can find places that are away from other people. In fact, if you take long enough to get back into the Orestimba Wilderness, you are pretty unlikely to see anyone else -- its too far for most people to go (except on the Backcountry Weekend).
Because Thanksgiving is a truly long weekend, I have been kicking around the idea of proposing a Thanksgiving trip that would take advantage of the time to allow those who want to to get a good look at the Orestimba Wilderness. I'll bring the idea up next fall, if it still seems like a good idea by then.
The trip would go in to Mississippi Lake on Thursday and have a group Thanksgiving dinner -- perhaps an organized dish-to-pass. Then Friday and Saturday people could go as far as they wished -- room for a lot of flexibility here. Finally, Sunday hike back out.
Fri, Sat -- a couple of day hikes or a backpack. Could pretty easily get into the Orestimba Wilderness to Paradise Flat, Rooster Comb, several good fishing lakes, or to Mt Stakes for the more ambitious. The group could split for those two days so the stronger could range further, each could do as they (or the sub-group they are part of) want to.