Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Recent Kid-Friendly Hiking Adventures in the South Bay

The kid is enjoying longer and more difficult hikes (for the most part – I would lie if I said there was never any complaining, but it’s rare…), which has been awesome. Hiking, especially hikes with some steep parts, is definitely my favorite way to get those daily steps!

On Labor Day, we did a 9-mile hike in Henry Coe Park in Morgan Hill. It’s quite a drive to get to the parking lot as the winding road leads you 10 miles up the mountain. The trail we followed was beautiful, but there wasn’t a lot of shade and it was quite steep at times. Since it was 90+ degrees on the day of our hike, it was not the ideal hike to do on that day. Plus, we didn’t bring enough water – a big no no.

Here are some photos from the hike:


A few months ago, we hiked in Castle Rock State Park in Los Gatos. It’s a beautiful hike with plenty of opportunities to climb on some rocks, which the kids loved. The longer hikes there are great for kids 6 and older.


Rancho San Antonio in Los Altos is a favorite with the locals and parking can be a challenge. Deer Hollow Farm – a working farm with chickens, pigs, goats, sheep, a cow, plenty of herbs and vegetables, and more –  is about one mile from the parking lot and many families walk there on the weekends. If you are lucky, you may even be able to buy some farm-fresh eggs from truly happy chickens (they run out quickly though). There are many trails to choose from throughout the park, and you can do anything from a leisurely walk to the farm to more challenging trails, including the - at times - quite steep 8-mile PG&E trail.


Some hiking dos:
  • Bring enough water – you’ll probably need more than you think! We learned that the hard way last week!
  • On hiking days, make sure you are well hydrated, even before you start your hike
  • Wear hiking shoes that provide stability – since I have a weak/previously injured ankle, this is an absolute must for me
  • Bring sunblock and a hat
  • Pay attention to your surroundings – this past weekend, a 6-year-old boy was attacked by a mountain lion in the Santa Cruz mountains – read the warning signs at the trail head and know what to do when encountering mountain lions, snakes, etc.
Questions: Do you like to hike? Do you have a hiking bucket list? For now, I just want to explore more of the awesome trails in our immediate area, but I also would like to explore the Pinnacles sometime soon.

Be well,
Andrea

18 comments:

  1. i really like hiking too, can't wait the day I can do it with Sofia! :)

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  2. Beautiful!

    I love hiking, I got good shoes especially for hiking and always bring water with me because I have Bella with me too and she needs water sometimes.

    We have a lot of organized walks in my country and there are a couple I want to do and wrote down. Besides that we have what they call long distance walking paths where you walk through the country from east to west or south to north etcetera. You do a part of it and next time you start where you finished. I have about 7 books with those paths that I all want to do but have only done a few so far.

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    1. All the organized walks you go on sound and look wonderful! I wish we had something similar here... I also like the long distance walking paths. It's great to work on a longer distance over time...

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  3. Beautiful, and what a great family activity! :)

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  4. I remember when I was little and forced to hike, I hated it. And I won't lie to you, it scarred me for life! :(

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    1. That's too bad, Gigi!

      I remember hiking with my parents when I was little and not always loving it, but it did get me interested and now I absolutely love it. Luckily, the kid loves it, too, most of the time... :)

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  5. We love hiking too. Great photos!

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  6. Im sad never to have seen yer face!! Id love to meet up for a hike! :-)

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  7. My bucket list is Machu picchu!! I would LOVE to do that one day!

    I'm glad you are so active, it's so cool!!

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    1. Yes, Machu Picchu sounds amazing! A friend of mine just did it after all her kids "left the nest." Maybe one day...

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  8. I really want to hike but I hate driving in southern CA & you have to do that to get there & back.. the rush hour stuff is UGH & even non rush hour.

    Beautiful pics!

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    1. Yes, I feel very lucky that we don't have to drive much to get to amazing trails...

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