Having the Trails All to Yourself in the Marin Headlands, California
As you climb 800 feet up the Miwok Trail, cool breezes greet you at the top and your effort is rewarded with broad Tennessee Valley views. Cut across the Wolf Ridge Trail to the Coastal Trail where the grand finale descends toward the expansive Pacific Ocean, passing rusting, graffiti-filled military batteries and bunkers along the way. At the peaks on a fog-free day, San Francisco is easily seen in the distance. Wildflowers dot the landscape and, chances are, you'll have the trails all to yourself, your only company the distant sound of fog horns and bells in buoys, massive cargo ships entering and exiting the Golden Gate, and the crashing waves of Rodeo Beach.