San Francisco Area 24-hour trip recommendations
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Simon Weiss
(SimonGtr) - MLife

Locale: Bay Area
San Francisco Area 24-hour trip recommendations on 02/19/2010 18:19:51 MST Print View

Hello Bay Area backpackers.
My weekend just opened up and I'm looking for suggestions for places to go in the back country for ~24 hours.

Here's what I want:
* <4 hours drive
* minimal to no snow (I don't want a major challenge
* isolation is good
* solid hiking involved - a loop would be great. 5 - 10 miles seems about right

thanks for any suggestions

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
"San Francisco Area 24-hour trip recommendations" on 02/19/2010 18:28:00 MST Print View

Point Reyes, Henry Coe

Simon Weiss
(SimonGtr) - MLife

Locale: Bay Area
Isolation? on 02/19/2010 18:42:56 MST Print View

Point Reyes is nice, but I've hiked all those trails. Looking into Henry Coe - got to see about reservations.

How is Henry Coe for getting isolated, this time of year?
Any particular trail/loop you'd suggest?

David Lutz
(davidlutz)

Locale: Bay Area
"San Francisco Area 24-hour trip recommendations" on 02/19/2010 18:47:56 MST Print View

Up to Mt. Rose in Sunol Regional Wilderness.

A number of parks in the Santa Cruz mountains.

I bet this time of year they won't be very crowded.

Robert Blean
(blean) - MLife

Locale: San Jose -- too far from Sierras
Re: "San Francisco Area 24-hour trip recommendations" on 02/19/2010 18:57:46 MST Print View

Don't forget -- he has to stay somewhere overnight. Most Bay Area places have, at best, designated camping areas that may not suit him (especially for an "isolated" feeling).

Stealth camping may or may not work, and if doing that he has the issue of where to park his vehicle.

-- MV

Simon Weiss
(SimonGtr) - MLife

Locale: Bay Area
No Reservations on 02/19/2010 19:11:02 MST Print View

Yeah, the coastal/popular areas might be all taken, and/or crowded. But, I'll start calling around.

Any areas with real back-country (no designated sites) that aren't going to be covered in snow?

-s

Robert Blean
(blean) - MLife

Locale: San Jose -- too far from Sierras
Re: No Reservations on 02/19/2010 19:14:52 MST Print View

> Any areas with real back-country (no designated sites) that aren't going to be covered in snow?

Henry Coe has no designated campsites, once you get out of the area around HQ.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
reply to David on 02/19/2010 19:24:25 MST Print View

"Up to Mt. Rose in Sunol Regional Wilderness."

On the map, it is identified as Rose Peak.

--B.G.--

Donald Richman
(DonTom) - F

Locale: mainly SF Bay Area
Re: San Francisco Area 24-hour trip recommendations on 02/21/2010 00:32:39 MST Print View

Would you like to join our small group for a day hike this coming Saturday?

If so, see read the entire thread here and join in:

http://www.backpacker.com/cgi-bin/forums/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=822107219;t=9991130372

All others welcome too! But reply there so we know you're coming!

-Don- South San Francisco, CA

Edited by DonTom on 02/21/2010 00:46:11 MST.

Simon Weiss
(SimonGtr) - MLife

Locale: Bay Area
Back from a great trip on 02/21/2010 18:39:21 MST Print View

Just returned from a 1-night, solo trip in Henry Coe. It was my first time at the park, and first solo trip. Although it was a bit wet today, it was a great trip.

Thanks to all for the advice.

Details of the trip:
I started at Hunter Hollow at about 1:00pm, headed north on Middle Steer Ridge Trail, continuing to Kelly Lake. On Saturday, the skies were fairly clear so I had great views from Wilson Peak to the rolling, grassy hills. I had no idea such a pleasant and expansive park was so close to me!

I continued to Coit Lake and climbed the western slope and pitched my simple homemade tarp for the first time (correctly) using my BPL Stix.Sleep setup at Henry Coe State Park, Simon Weiss Feb 2010

I hiked out today, which turned out to be quite wet. I saw only a trio of mountain bikers (including Specialized Founder) and a pair of trail volunteers. My new PreCip pants were very waterproof, but I only used them infrequently beacause I would get too hot underneath those pants. My 10 year old patagonia raincoat more or less soaked through - despite having recently given it a new application of NikWax. (Can I send this in to get a DWR coating?).

All in all a great trip, and probably my lightest yet (~14lbs base weight).

Thanks again for the great advice.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
SF 24HR Trip Recommendations on 02/21/2010 18:48:57 MST Print View

Cool stuff, I will be going to Coit Lake in about 3 weeks. I hope the weather holds out. Nice MYO Tarp-Whats the weight and dimensions?

Simon Weiss
(SimonGtr) - MLife

Locale: Bay Area
Simple Sil-Nylon tarp, leaky raincoat on 02/21/2010 19:59:31 MST Print View

It's made from a single piece, so it's width is the width of the material, minus edge-binding (I think about 5'). I think it's about 7 to 8 feet long, which is too short. I weighed it a while ago - i think it's about 6 or 7oz, not counting all the cord or any of the stakes.

Working on a Ray-Way design with much more coverage. Unfortunately, my sewing skills are lacking - I seem to be having trouble getting an even stitch. I'll have to read over the tips on this website.

Happen to know if there's a way to get a professional re-coating of my old Patagonia raincoat?

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: San Francisco Area 24-hour trip recommendations on 02/23/2010 23:41:33 MST Print View

Wilson Valley in Cache Creek is a great option. That is, if the river isn't so high that crossing it is difficult.