Hiking

Hike Ratings | Who Can Participate | Getting There | Weather | Leaders

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. Between 25 and 35 hikes are scheduled each month on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and most holidays. Hikes do not require advance registration or signups.

Full information on each hike is given in the calendar listings. Click on the title in the calendar to see the full description. If you want more information on a specific hike, you can call the hike leader; phone numbers are given in each listing.  Never call before 8 am or after 9 pm.

Hikes are listed on the Chapter Activities Calendar.

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Hike and walk ratings consist of a number-letter code where the number is the distance and the letter is the amount of uphill climbing.

Length (miles)

1: Up to 6
2: 6 - 10 
3: 10 - 15 
4: 15 - 20 
5: over 20

Elevation Gain (feet)

A: under 1,000
B: 1,000 to 2,000
C: 2,000 to 3,000
D: 3,000 to 4,000
E: Over 4,000

So a hike rated 2B means that the distance covered will be from 6 to 10 miles and the total elevation gain will be between 1000 and 2000 ft. A mini-hike is 4 miles or less and has an elevation gain of 500 ft or less.

Who can Participate

Everyone is welcome on our hikes; however, you must have suitable footwear, food and water, and be able to keep up with the group.  Consider your physical condition. If you can't keep up, you may be asked to turn back. Our hikes are often on uneven terrain and are not accessible to everyone. If you are unsure of your ability, contact the leader and find out what is planned.

Dogs or other pets are permitted only on outings that are pre-advertised or otherwise identified as dog- or pet-permitted outings. Pet-permitted outings must be only to places where pets are legal, and must be only to places that are acceptable to the Chapter's outings and conservation committees. Service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, are not considered pets and are not subject to this rule. However, if you have a service animal, contact the leader in advance to insure reasonable accommodations can be made.

Our hikes are geared towards adults, and therefore, may not be appropriate for children.  Contact the leader to find out if a particular hike is appropriate for any children who may want to attend.

All participants in Sierra Club activities are required to sign a legal waiver at the start of each activity releasing the Sierra Club from liability.

Getting There

Most people drive, but many of our hikes are accessible by public transit: Golden Gate Transit, BART, or MUNI. Bus riders should check routes and schedules to arrive before the posted meeting time. Leaders are not obliged to stay past that time. Don't be late!

The two most often used meeting places in Marin are Miller & Locust in Mill Valley (the bus stop in front of the 7-Eleven store), and the Fairfax Parkade (the parking lot across from the Fairfax Theater).

Carpool riders share any entrance or parking fees. Carpool points in San Francisco and the East Bay are sometimes listed. If a carpool point is listed, the leader will be there at the time listed, but will not wait. Unless specifically mentioned, reservations are not required for our hikes; just show up at the meeting point.

Weather

Our hikes are usually held rain or shine unless the listing specifies "Rain Cancels". However, leaders may change the hike plan because of weather or trail conditions, or sometimes even cancel the hike. Leaders will usually be at the meeting place regardless of the weather, even if the hike is to be cancelled. Weather in the hike area may well be different from your local conditions. In very hot summer weather, some hiking areas may be closed to public use because of fire danger.