By Tess Berghoff
I am here to tell you (and I know many people that will back me up) that we live in a beautiful place. The Bay Area is full of sites to see and hidden gems. Below are a few hikes I can recommend in order of proximity to SCU:
1. Alum Rock Park
If you are looking for a pretty easy hike with some lovely views of San Jose, this park is for you. It is less than a thirty-minute drive from campus and will be a breath of fresh air.
2. Mission Peak
A classic at Santa Clara because it is so nearby. This hike can be pretty tough, especially when it is warmer outside because there is little shade, but the view at the top is absolutely worth it. You may even spot some cows hanging out near the path.
3. Castle Rock
This hike takes a couple hours and is very doable. It even has a boulder for you climbers out there. Prep for some amazing views and a perfect weekend activity.
4. Big Basin Redwoods State Park
This beautiful place has many hikes to offer from short 2-milers to overnight backpacking treks. The Skyline to the Sea trail is a 29.5-mile hike that you can do in one or two nights. You start in the amazing redwoods, head through Berry Creek falls, and end on the coast near Santa Cruz. Big Basin is one of my favorite places in the world and we are lucky enough to be just an hour away.
5. Marin Headlands
The Headlands are a bit further north near San Francisco but have many hikes to offer. One will even give you a pretty beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Marin Headlands also has some great history to it as well.