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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
family's enjoyment.

* Berkeley
* Santa Rosa
* San Francisco/Marin
* Peninsula

For a list of other locations, visit their Family Page

Weekend Sherpa
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
for kids.

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:

  •  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,
    visit  http://www.ebmud.
  • 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.
         Here are some of our favorites:
  • 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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