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Tom Stienstra’s Top 5 Bay Area Mountain Tops

September 26, 2013 12:00 AM

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View from Mount Tamalpais (credit: parks.ca.gov)

View from Mount Tamalpais (credit: parks.ca.gov)

In the Bay Area, the top five mountaintops show why our region is the best of any metro area. During September/October is the best time to see why. As Fall arrives, the air cools and clears. Many of the sunsets are the best of the year. The sun’s lower angle as it crosses the sky can make for spectacular colors.

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#5 – Mount Diablo
Mount Diablo State Park
96 Mitchell Canyon Road
Clayton, CA 94517

At number #5, observe world class views from atop of Mount Diablo in Contra Cost County. Accessible via automobile.

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#4 – Mount Hamilton
Lick Observatory
7281 Mount Hamilton Road
Mt Hamilton, CA 95140
(408) 274-5061

Coming in at number #4, observe world class views from atop of Mount Hamilton which is accessible via automobile.

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Castle Rock SP (credit: parks.ca.gov)

#3 – Goat Rock
Castle Rock State Park
15000 Skyline Boulevard
Los Gatos, CA 95020
(408) 867-2952

Ranking for number #3 is the top of Goat Rock State Park and it’s a must-do. You scan across miles of Douglass Fir and Redwoods trees. From Big Basin and beyond to Monterey Bay.

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#2 – Montara Mountain
San Pedro Valley County Park
600 Oddstad Boulevard
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8289

Montara Mountain rates number #2 and Stienstra’s favorite. The hike is a 7 mile round-trip with about a 2,000 foot climb on the way up. You could see 100,000 acres of wildland. East is the Crystal Springs Watershed.

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#1 – Mount Tamalpais
Mount Tamalpais State Park
801 Panoramic Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 388-2070

Mount Tamalpais is number #1. It takes a fifteen minute walk with a climb of 330 feet to make it to the top. It’s a look-out station perched on rock. 2,571 feet from Mt. Tam at dusk, the Bay Area looks like the “Land of Oz.”

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