This week a reader wrote in to ask for suggestions for a south bay hike which got me thinking - what are my favorite fall hikes in general? Winter and Spring are my favorite months hiking in the Bay Area, and summer has its charms but I often forget about the fall. The colors are generally unremarkable, the weather still probably a bit hot, the creeks dry, waterfalls slow to a trickle, and there are no fabulous displays of wildflowers.
But there is also a lot to like about the fall. The fall is all about the subtle qualities that warm your heart, the occasional cool breeze, rustling through the dry fall leaves, which reminds us of the approach of winter, the changing light which filters in more gently in the mid afternoon and the long shadows which bring out the texture of the rocks and trees. And of course the fall colors, subtle as they may be here are often enough. If you think I missed something be sure to let me know at email@example.com
Early Fall: September & October
Heat is still a factor, as is the summer fog, the first touches of color are sinking into the trees though, and the days are long enough for extended hikes.