Redwoods and Waterfalls Cycling in Big Basin © Michael Wetter

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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 (
--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.

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!

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Back in 1875 logger William Waddell became the San Francisco Bay Area's last man to be killed by a grizzly bear. You can retrace his final steps along the waterway named after him, Waddell Creek, on our Redwoods and Waterfalls Walking (or mountain bike) Tour.

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!

Waddell Creek is also a great place for an easy 2-day backpack trip in the redwoods -- only three miles each way, and no uphill. If you're interested, let us know when you'd like to go.
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California Redwoods Tours for California Big Trees

California Redwoods Tours bring you to cool, quiet streams flowing through towering ancient redwood forests! California redwoods, protected in coastal redwood parks, are the tallest living things, sometimes exceeding 330 feet (100 meters) and surviving more than 1,000 years!

Tours in Redwoods for cycling, hiking, even meditating.

Whales, Seals, Deer and Elk of Pt. Reyes

  • Biggest wildlife tour in Bay Area
  • Point Reyes National Seashore
  • See huge Tule elk elephant seals
  • Wide open spaces
  • 7yrs, 2m/3k, 10hrs
  • $79 USD
  • Wildflowers in Spring
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Marin Waterfalls By the Dozen

Hiker descending stairway along lush Marin Waterfall in winter

  • Waterfalls-- a dozen or more
  • Seasonal-- December through March
  • Lovely calypso orchids
  • Incredible view of Pacific Ocean
  • 11yrs, 6m/10k, 6hrs
  • $59 USD
  • Mt. Tamalpais in Mill Valley CA
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Waterfalls of Big Basin Redwoods

Berry Creek Falls, Big Basin © Michael Wetter

  • Giant redwoods
  • Three big waterfalls
  • Wildflowers galore
  • Mountain bike or hike
  • Seasonal: Jan-May only
  • 14yrs, 11m/18k, 9hrs
  • $59 USD
  • Waddell Creek, Big Basin Park CA
FAQ, Contact David

Backpack Coast to Forest with Low Miles & No Big Hills

  • Easy 2day intro to backpacking
  • From the shore into the redwoods
  • Follow the flowing creek, no uphill
  • Includes meals but not gear
  • 12yrs, 6m/10k, 2days
  • $99 USD
  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park in Santa Cruz County CA
FAQ, Contact David

Big Sur + Monterey Hiking and Car Camping

Big Sur Coast: ocean, rocks, and drama

  • Big Sur Coast, Mission San Antonio
  • Camping beneath redwoods
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Includes meals but not gear
  • 7yrs, 30m/48k, 4days
  • $369 USD
  • Carpool caravan from San Francisco CA will be arranged
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Muir Woods to Stinson Beach

California coast near Stinson Beach © Christy Shake

  • Redwoods, fantastic coastal views
  • Famous Dipsea Trail to Stinson Beach
  • Edible wild berries
  • A hidden German beer garden
  • 14yrs, 9m/14k, 8hrs
  • $59 USD
  • Muir Woods in Mill Valley CA
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Sonoma Napa Wine and History

Endless timeless rolling Sonoma vineyards

  • Sonoma Napa wine's birthplace
  • Sonoma wineries, Sonoma Mission
  • Jack London's home and vineyards
  • 7yrs, 2m/3k, 8hrs
  • $99 USD
  • Pickup from, return to San Francisco
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Organic Farms, Sustainable Agriculture Tour

Organic farm sustainable agriculture on California coast

  • Heirloom veggies rarely seen
  • Occidental Arts Eco Center
  • Artisan olive oils, cheeses, chocolate
  • The ultimate foodie experience!
  • 14yrs, 1m/1.5k, 9hrs
  • $99 USD
  • Seasonal, June 1 - October 31
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Redwood Creek Walk

In Muir Woods redwoods the trail leads inward © Michael Wetter

  • Muir Woods Redwood Creek
  • Stillness of deep forest
  • Where other Muir tours don't go!
  • 7yrs, 3m/5k, 4hrs
  • $59 USD
  • Muir Woods near Mill Valley CA
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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!
Kim H.
Manchester, England

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.
Washington, D.C.

We really loved your wildflower tour, it was
Beth M., Australia

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
John Muir

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
John Muir