I grew up hiking in the Sierra Nevada and when I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to go to college I continued to hike. I am now a CEO of Bill Wilson Center, a nonprofit agency in San Jose, CA and volunteer to lead hikes for the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club. I am also a commissioner for the Santa Clara County Park and Recreation Commission. I hike every weekend, usually alone or with another local hiking group. I started this blog because I need to remember the details for hikes when I am leading. Sometimes the length and elevations for the hike descriptions are estimates because I often do not use a GPS on hikes. Most of my hikes are for experienced hikers unless otherwise noted.
Safety notes: always bring a map, water, food, layered clothing, a hat and a small first aid kit. If hiking alone add a whistle and a small mirror so you can look at yourself if you fall and hurt your head/face. A compass/GPS is great if you know how to use it. Put on plenty of sun screen before you begin the hike. I know you are supposed to tell someone where you are going when you hike alone but I change my mind so often after leaving the house that I quit doing it.