Today, I want to share with you my awesome coastal hike at San Francisco, CA. Let me bluntly tell you where my best spot to take a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge, Hawk Hill. Before I jump right into the trail review and the beauty of it, I thought I should tell you a little bit of Hawk Hill.
What’s interesting about Hawk Hill is that it has an amazing history to it. Hawk Hill is located at the Marin Headlands and is known for its military missile during World War II. It is used to defend against attacks from the air. The missile guns was hidden underneath a dome like mountain hill to camouflage from any air craft from above. Then during the Cold War, the missiles were taken down and another defense system was created and it was used during the Korean War in the ’70s. For more information on its full history click here .
Level of difficulty was moderate. The weather was 62 degrees Fahrenheit. The hike to Black Sand Beach is 1.2 miles. Time completion was 2.5 hours.
Now, let’s start talking about the fun part of my hike. I suggest you to go early for parking. There is not enough parking for everyone. My plan was to be there by 6 am, however my alarm did not go off. I got there at 8, which was still roughly early. The view to the Golden Gate Bridge was AMAZING! Words can not expressed the feeling. I brought plenty of water, I made 4 chicken sandwiches, trail bars, phone camera and along with my trekking poles. Check out my product review of Zero. Mile. Mark trekking poles here.
Hawk Hill was beautiful and full of history. There are short trail loops to an overlook to the Golden Gate Bridge and a tunnel that lead me to the historical missile. It’s pretty awesome and spooky. There were graffiti’s on the wall. The are two rooms however I did not dare to go in as it is very dark. My cell phone flashlight couldn’t even shine through the darkness. I think what would be interesting was to have a few zombies popped out of the darkness and started chasing me. Haha, but really, it was spooky.
I took the trail to Black Sand Beach and that was 1.2 miles from Hawk Hill. The view was astonishing. I kid you not, the beach was beautiful and calm. The sand was literally black. No wonder the beach is called Black Sand Beach. I sat there for half an hour to enjoy the crashing waves with my chicken sandwich and exfoliate my feet.
The hike back to Hawk Hill was tiring. It was a constant climb. Thank goodness I brought a lot of water. By the time I got back to the car, the number of cars and people tripled. I’m so glad I got there early otherwise it would be hard to find parking.
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I hope everyone is having an amazing summer so far. I have been so busy planning hiking trips, trying to balance mommy time with my babies, work, and house duties. Before I start, I want to give a shout out to Zero. Mile. Markfor giving me the opportunity to review one of their product. You’re AWESOME. Anyways, I’m so excited that you will love what I’m going to show you.
When I first went on a group hike with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law to Lewis Creek, (Click here for a full review of Lewis Creek Trail.), I sprain my left ankle at the beginning of the trail head. I was so disappointed at myself. It’s because of the uneven trail, gravel and dirt. I figured I needed trekking poles for balance and support.
I love the Zero. Mile. Mark’s trekking poles. It is better than the one I have from the department store. What I like about the Trekking Poles are the handles. It is comfy, soft and easy to grip. The end point of the trekking poles are rubber. The one I have at home has a metal end tip and I notice that it does not grip onto rocks, boulders, or gravel. The rubber ends are fancy and to my surprise the rubber end caps are removable to carbon like end tip. I think it is for big rocks that can grip onto anything well.
The trekking poles are adjustable. It can go as low as two feet and extend to five feet. I’m petite, so to have an adjustable poles to my height works perfect for me. The Zero. Mile. Mark trekking poles are light weight. I could place them behind me between my back and backpack and I would not feel anything added to the weight on my backpack.
The adjustable poles has a unique latch to hold its length. It has a built in screw to hold its length with the latch. It’s very durable and the quality of the poles are high end. Another feature the trekking poles has is the adjustable wrist band. It prevents from dropping onto the ground or slipping from your hands. It is very helpful and it comes in handy.
Last but not least, the trekking poles comes with a circular ring at the end of the poles. I think I know what it does because it happens to me quite often. It is to stop the poles from sinking into the mud or between the boulder cracks. Interesting huh? A great investment to get one.
Before you say that you don’t need one, think again. Trekking poles helps with balance and support. They come in handy and they are comfortable to use.
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Cairn monthly subscription came in early this month. It came in with a Newsletter, a sticker, 1 Mountain House dry food Turkey Casserole, 1 Cusa Tea that comes with 10 servings of 2 English breakfast, 2 green tea, 2 lemon black, 2 mango green and 2 oolong, 1 Natti Bar: Pure banana 100% natural non-gmo gluten free, and 1 Outdoor Edge Chowpal.
This month came in camping kind of theme, which is fun to go along with the season. What I like about this month’s item was the Cusa Tea and the Outdoor Edge Chowpal. Let me tell you how obsess I am with tea. I drink it everyday and to have Cairn feature them this month is by far my honor to try it out. My 2 favorite teas are the English Breakfast and the Oolong.
The Outdoor Edge Chowpal is very interesting. It’s pretty high tech for me to use first of all. It has everything I need to bring for a backpacking trip. It is like a pocket knife, but it has a fork and spoon with it. It’s more like a multi use item that can open a beer bottle and some other features along with it. I probably going to use the fork and the spoon far more than the others things on it.
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Hello guys, this weekend I took my good co worker with me to Lewis Creek Trail in Oakhurst to see Corlieu Falls. It was beautiful and the running waterfall was our tranquility to rejuvenate our soul. She loved it and was hoping we can do an all day hike on our next adventure.
Check out my full review of this trail here.
My weekend consisted of family reunion and a HOT mini hike with my toddlers. We visited my family in Oroville, California. Roughly four hours to get there. It was my cousin’s baby shower. She is expecting a baby boy in July. I’m so excited for her journey to motherhood. She will love and enjoy every moment of it. It was wonderful to see everyone, however I would like to share our mini hike to the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve.
The North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve actually leads to a few waterfalls. It was the hottest day to hike. It was 100 degrees. The mountain feels like Pincushion Mountain. It feels like home. The only difference was the formation of the rocks. There were patches of them on a few foothills. There was a stream of water. It looks like it was from the natural spring water, but who knows it may not be.
Soon after we cross over the patches of rocks, we came to a trail to the meadow. Grasshoppers hopped left to right. My toddlers were confused. They have not seen grasshoppers before. I told them they are jumping insects. That’s close enough right? My girls chase after them. One trying to get them with their bare hands and the other stomping their feet. We can hear them jumped.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to the trees and to the water, we turned back. It was too hot and maybe next time when I visit my family, we can go together. Since my toddlers were with me, a lot of my mini hikes with them are incomplete. Mini hike with my toddlers are only .25 miles. That was roughly how far our trip with them until they are ready for longer hikes and much older.
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