July is fading fast, and so are the summer months. But the season of picnics, outdoor concerts, sporting events and general good times is still in full swing. August is bursting with activities and events happening in the Bay Area. Here’s just a few.
Take a trip into the city to learn about the fascinating history of shipwrecks that have occurred along the rocky coastline of the Golden Gate. On Saturday, Aug. 6 the Golden Gate National Recreation Area will offer a one-hour, docent-led hike at Land’s End in San Francisco. Reservations are required, so call (415) 561-4323 to sign up and get directions.
On Sunday, Aug. 7 the Tour De Peninsula hits the road in San Mateo. This popular cycling event offers rides of various levels for families, beginners, and serious cyclists at Coyote Point Park in San Mateo. It all ends with a party in the park, featuring live music and entertainment, food concessions, plus free admission to Curiodyssey for event participants and their families. And it’s all for a good cause: raising funds for San Mateo County Parks.
On Sunday, Aug. 14, adults interested in how the San Andreas Fault shaped the Peninsula landscape can learn more at the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve during a three-mile expert guided hike. Along with the geographical history, you can also spend some time getting to know this beautiful park. Reservations are required, and can be made on their website. There, you can also find a list of many other fun events they have planned, including the after-hours Nature at Night.
Those looking for more tips on the best hiking spots can find them at the San Francisco REI. On the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 17 you can see Jim Roger’s digital presentation on 10 great backpacking spots, all within a few hours’ drive of the Bay Area. You’ll hear tips on finding the views, the birds and the waterfalls, plus resources for the best gear. This presentation is free, and you can reserve a seat by calling the store at (415) 934-1938. All REI locations have a great roster of outdoor clinics and in-store presentations on a variety of outdoor activities.
On Sunday, Aug. 21 you can join the Outdoor Adventure Club for a tough 6-mile hike to the top of Barnabe Peak in Marin County. Located in gorgeous Samuel P. Taylor Park, this is a guided group hike that includes a picnic lunch at the mountaintop vista and stunning views of Marin and the coastline. The price is $39.00 for non-members; $20 for members.
If you want to donate your time to a good cause while you’re enjoying the outdoors, consider joining San Mateo County Parks volunteer groups as they care for our open spaces. You can help maintain trails and protect native plants at San Bruno Mountain and other Peninsula parks this August.
Check out the event calendars at your local parks for even more fun activities. And take advantage of the summer.