COMING SOON-- WORKSHOPS
What really goes in the blue bin
--and what doesn't
Deepen your outdoor experience
--Use a topo map and compass
COMING SOON-- PHOTO GALLERY
Browse photos of a coming tour
--or of the tour you just took
ARMCHAIR TOUR! Movie: Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America
--Chronicles the life and times of David Brower, the Sierra Club's legendary first Executive Director. --An avid mountain climber, he led campaigns to protect national parks and other wildlands in the 1950s through the 1990s.
-- He inspired millions of Americans to become environmentalists!
Book: California's Wild Gardens: A Living Legacy
--From the California Native Plant Society (www.cnps.org)
--If you lived to be 100 and hiked every day throughout California, you couldn't see as many species of wildflowers and different habitats as in this beautiful book. A biodiversity feast for the eyes!
Music: Beethoven's 6th Symphony, the Pastoral
--By Ludwig von Beethoven
--Portions of this symphony, composed two centuries ago, provide the soundtrack for parts of Walt Disney's animated 1940 film, Fantasia. Whether you've seen it or not, hear the entire masterpiece that paints a peaceful rural landscape in music, as a storm moves over it.
TOUR TIP Summer in the San Francisco Bay Area means lower temperatures at the coast and hot temperatures inland. Always carry water, and dress in layers, because the day can warm up, then cool off again before sunset. It can be 60 degrees F., windy, and cool on the Golden Gate Bridge at the same time it's 97 degrees F., hot, and no wind at Mount Diablo, just 30 miles inland!
CUSTOMIZE Not sure which tour is right for you? Special event coming up? A topic you're especially interested in?
No worries about marauding grizzlies, though -- the Bay Area's last grizzly was shot at Bonny Doon Mountain, only a few miles away from Waddell Creek, in 1886. The grizzly is California's official state animal, seen on the state flag, but it's been extinct in California since the 1920s!
San Francisco Hike: Golden Gate Coastal Trail Hike at CaliforniaNatureTours.com
San Francisco Hike: Golden Gate Coastal Trail Hike
San Francisco hiking is best on the Coastal Trail, from the Golden Gate Bridge through the Presidio and Land's End to the Cliff House. San Francisco's best hike -- new sections of Coastal Trail opened for the first time in Summer 2008!
San Francisco hiking on the Coastal Trail starts at the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge at the Presidio, where we walk through historic forts that once trained massive guns on the Golden Gate. Then we head downhill on a new trail through some of the wildest, most untamed land in San Francisco -- you'll forget you're still in the city as you gaze on sea, sky, the Marin Headlands, and Mount Tamalpais! We'll continue onto Baker Beach, through the wealthy Sea Cliff neighborhood, and then trace the route of an abandoned scenic railroad through rugged Lands End, with its dramatic vistas of the Golden Gate. You'll use binoculars to spy on the abundant sea birds and seals that find refuge here. And finally, we'll reach the ruins of once-opulent Sutro Baths, the Cliff House, and the Pacific Ocean.
This unforgettable hike is an easy 3.3 miles/5k -- mostly downhill or flat. Plenty of stops to look at the fantastic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, and the Pacific. Wildlife, wildflowers and rare native dune plants!
Action Alert Keep the Bay Area Beautiful, join Greenbelt Alliance! If you live in California, join the Greenbelt Alliance. Since 1958, Greenbelt Alliance has been helping citizen groups all around the San Francisco Bay Area to limit sprawl developments and promote liveable, walkable cities. The Bay Area didn't have to be this way. It could have gone the way of Los Angeles. But thanks to the Greenbelt Alliance and its local partners, the Bay Area's hills (and some of its valleys) are still green.
The redwoods were AMAZING! . . . a truly magical experience . . . I felt transported to another world, every step
yielding amazing sights, and
David has so much knowledge
about the flora and fauna
as well as local and national history . . .
I highly recommend David's unique personalised tours . . .
You'll remember it always, I know I will!
I was thrilled to find
California Nature Tours--
a San Francisco Bay treasure!
My tours to Muir Woods and
Point Reyes National Seashore
were relaxing, educational, and just magnificent.
I highly recommend David Schmidt and California Nature Tours.
You will come away feeling great and knowing you have seen California through the eyes of someone extraordinary.
You will love it!
Ms. G. K.
We really loved your wildflower tour, it was
a FANTASTIC day.
Beth M., Australia
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.