Want to hike or camp in the redwoods? Don’t know where to go, don’t have a car, or need a last minute camp site? Or maybe you don’t want to go alone, or are wondering if your dog will be welcome. Don’t let the unknowns keep you indoors —there’s an app for that, or a website, and likely both! Here are a few of the many online resources available.
Transit & Trails: A website and an app that helps you locate trailheads and tells you how to get there using public transportation. It also provides walking, biking and driving directions. You might try one of the many existing trips on the site, or create a new one. You can then share your plans and invite others via email, Evite, Facebook and Twitter. After your hike, post pictures and share your experience on Transit & Trails and join the community of people who care about and love exploring the Bay Area’s outdoor spaces.
511.org: 511 is your one-stop source for up-to-the-minute Bay Area traffic, transit, rideshare and bicycling information. It’s FREE and available whenever you need it – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – from anywhere in the nine-county Bay Area. Call 511 or visit 511.org.
Save the Redwoods League has an interactive map of 43 redwood parks, complete with trip ideas and staff suggestions for each park. The map is a hugely helpful tool for those planning trips to the redwoods.
California State Parks website also has an interactive map that helps you find parks by name, region or activity. It also lists events taking place in the parks and even allows you to make campsite reservations.
This website lists Bay Area hiking clubs, many with informal meet-at-the-trailhead weekly options.
Naturedogs.com takes you and your “best friend” to dog-friendly hikes throughout California, most require leases while others simply require voice control.
Please tell us about your favorites in the comments section below.