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Kiddie Koncierge: Resources - Family Hikes
Resources: Family Hikes
The weather is getting nice again. Good for outdoor activities, bad
for our water situation. If you want some great resources for family
outings, here are two sets of terrific resources:
REI Family Hikes
REI has printable .pdf files with recommendations by
neighborhood for great trails as well as tips for increasing your
* Santa Rosa
* San Francisco/Marin
For a list of other locations, visit their Family Page
www.weekendsherpa.com is a terrific website with ideas on
things to do outdoors. Many of these ideas may be beyond a
child's ability but keep this one tucked away for future reference as
they grow older. That being said, much of what they list IS suitable
Favorite Bike Rides
In addition to the trails above (many of which are suitable for
biking (many aren't so make sure to check), the following are our
favorites for kids riding:
Here are some of our favorites:
- Crissy Field - Golden Gate Promenade (map), San
Francisco - This path can get crowded but the paths
between Mason and the Golden Gate Promenade are
great for teaching. The East Beach Parking lot and along
Mason Street are the best parking areas. Stopping at the
Sports Basement is worthwhile for drinks, equipment, and
a top off for your tires.
- Golden Gate Park, John F. Kennedy Drive, (map) San
Francisco, JFK Drive is closed to vehicle traffic between
Stow Lake and Traverse Road and open to bikers and
skaters every Saturday from April through September.
While you are there make sure to visit the De Young for
kids' Viewing and Doing Art sessions and a visit to the
Koret Children's Quarter, arguably one of the best
playgrounds in the city.
- Cross Marin Trail, off of Sir Francis Drake between
Lagunitas and Olema, Marin, This is one of our favorite
bike rides. Cool, shaded well-paved path. It is simply
beautiful and kid-friendly.
- Iron Horse Regional Trail, Concord to Danville (More).
This beautiful trail snakes from Concord through Walnut
Creek, Alamo, and Danville. You can break off where ever
you like and stop in for a cool drink or snack (Danville has
a terrific downtown.
- Lafayette Reservoir, Lafayette, Bikes and roller skates
are permitted only on the Lakeside Trail Tuesday and
Thursday from noon until closing and on Sunday until 11:
00 a.m. It is a 2.75 mile loop around the reservoir with
beautiful views. There are some steep grades, so make
sure that your child knows how to brake. If you like, you
can also rent boats to row or paddle around the lake.
There is also a great playground (at around 7 o'clock as
you go clockwise around the lake). For more information,
- East Bay Bike Trails, There are a ton of bike trails along
the Bay from Alameda to Richmond. For a complete list of
maps and trails, visit http://www.ebparks.
- Point Isabel, Richmond, In addition to a great dog
park, you can pick up the bike trail and ride about
1.5 miles up to the Point Richmond marina with a
playground and water at the end. http://www.
- Point Pinole, http://www.ebparks.
org/parks/pt_pinole - riders go on paths through
the eucalyptus groves through a historic dynamite
- Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley. This park has
about a 1.5 mile loop which can be breezy but is
good for learning how to bike ride and fly a kite.
- Inspiration Point, Tilden Park Berkeley. Tilden is
full of bike trails, not all suitable for children.
Inspiration point is hilly but for your intermediate
rider, it is pretty friendly. If you ride out to the
Eucalyptus grove it is about a 4 mile round trip. Map
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