11 UNFORGETTABLE BACKPACKING TRIPS TO TAKE NEAR SAN FRANCISCO

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San Francisco is a pretty hard city to leave. But if a healthy dose of the wild is what the doctor ordered, then we’ve got a prescription list to keep you busy.

Stock up on your favorite Trader Joe’s trail mix and lace up those hiking boots—it’s time to hit “refresh” on something other than your social feeds.

1. AUSTIN CREEK STATE RECREATION AREA

You may’ve heard of Russian River (think sunny days on a tube, beer in hand), but did you know the area has some of the most exclusive camping? Climb past bubbling creeks and majestic redwood groves to reach impressive ridge views. Two camps await on the trail, but plan for rough and wild terrain—one of the camps even requires crossing an unbridged stream for access.

2. POINT REYES BOAT-IN CAMPING

Skip the walking and paddle into your very own private beach campsite. Bring a sea kayak (or rent one) and head to Tomales Bay State Park. Book your overnight permit weeks in advance (reservations fill up!), then launch into the bay and set up camp on the shores of your choosing. Make sure to get all the details on where to park your ride overnight, and bring all the drinking water you’ll need…unless you prefer chilled seawater.

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