We periodically sift through opportunities to get outoors and walk the beautiful Bay Area.

Browse  below, choose one that interests you, and enjoy your walk!

We've provided links or phone numbers for more information. If your organization has an event that should be listed here, let us know about it!

Walks in:
San Francisco


arrow  San Francisco City Guides: All sorts of walks, and a few hikes, led by a group of trained volunteers sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library. The fare is history, architecture, legends and lore. Something for both the history-obsessed native as well as the casual visitor wanting to see San Francisco up-close and personal. Walks are Free (donations accepted)

arrow  The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society: This organization sponsors walks, lectures and more!

arrow  Precita Eyes Mural Walks: The Mission Trail: cultural and historical walking tours along the Mission St. and 24th St. corridors in the Mission District. Tours highlight murals, but also include cultural organizations, historic sites and other points of interest.

arrow  S.F. Parks Portal and events

East Bay

arrow  East Bay Regional Parks: A comprehensive site with links to dedicated for many East Bay Parks.

arrow   Oakland Scenic Tours:  Join 90-minute guided walks through historic downtown Oakland. See Chinatown, City Center, City Hall and its nearby business district. Tours are scheduled Wednesdays and Saturdays - May through October - at 10 am. Reservations are encouraged.

arrow   Hiking Trails of Mount Diablo:  Browse thirty hikes, from easy, pleasant walks to demanding hikes, all recommended by the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association.

arrow  Orinda Hiking Club

arrow   Contra Costa Hills Club

arrow   Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association  Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association sponsors occasional tours and lectures on Berkeley's rich architectural heritage (Julia Morgan, Bernard Maybeck etc.).

South Bay
arrow  Santa Clara County Parks: here's your online guide to 28 county parks - from the Almaden Quicksilver Mine to Villa Montalvo. Santa Clara Parks say "Go Outside and Play!"

arrow  Gilroy Historical District Walking Tour: self-guided walks through the old downtown of Santa Clara County's third incorporated city.

arrow  San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Trails: choose from a dozen different trails, all described - with directions - on this website.

Bay Area-Wide
arrow  California Historical Society Walkabouts: From Marin to Montclair, Downtown Alameda to Downtown Concord, CHS Guide Gary Holloway takes you on a march through history, architecture and local lore. Walks start from locations accessible by public transit and are repeated several times for your convenience.

arrow The California Academy of Sciences' Fall & Winter Course Catalog is online (click on the course catalog icon with the sea otter). Look for plenty of returning favorites, as well as an array of new offerings for all ages and interests. Browse the catalog for Field Trips scheduled throught the Bay Area, botony, birding and more. Even walks designed for families!

arrow  Bay Nature: This is the first magazine to explore the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area. Their website has a list of links to sites for 50 different Bay Area Parks - from Angel Island to Wildcat Canyon. Click the link to "Outdoor Classroom" and you'll find a calendar of all kinds of outdoor events and adventures (A "Hawk Hike," a "Lake Del Valle Canoe Outing" and a "Filoli Twilight Hike" are just three examples) sponsored by various independent Bay Area outdoor and nature organizations.

 Sierra Club: The Hiking Section of the San Francisco Bay Chapter offers a wide variety of day hikes in Marin, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and city hikes in San Francisco. Fifty to sixty hikes are scheduled each month on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and on most holidays. Hikes do not require advance registration or signups.
Camino de Santiago
arrow  American Pilgrims Northern California Chapter: A fantastic resource for Northern Californians planning to embark on the Camino de Santiago. A fantastic read for those interested is "Walk in a Relaxed Manner" by Joyce Rupp.

This Walks Page is updated regularly.
Stop back frequently for information on walks throughout the Bay Area!
Last update: April 14, 2016

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