Top Ten San Francisco Getaways
August along the California coast is generally cool and frequently foggy. If you miss the heat, the more inland east bay and south peninsula areas will warm your bones.
Go Jump in a Lake
August too hot for you? Take a swim in the East Bay's Lake Anza in Tilden Park (510-843-2137) or Lake Temescal in Oakland (510-652-1155).
Ditch the Car
You can take public transit to the world-famous Marin Headlands. Every Sunday, MUNI bus #76 makes a special run to Fort Cronkhite/Rodeo Beach. Explore the beach, birdwatch at the lagoon, or hike to the top of Hill 88. Call 415-331-1540.
Short Hike/Long Pier
Hike out to the tip of Point Pinole Regional Shoreline and drop a line in the water from the quarter-mile-long pier. If you don't catch anything, just sniff the salty air and admire the bay view. Call 510-237-6896.
Trot along the beautiful Coastal Trail at Half Moon Bay. Don't have your own steed? Rent one here. And show pride in our horse heritage at the SeaGait Stroll Equestrian Celebration on August 4. Call 650-726-4814.
Moonlight on the Point
Point Reyes takes on new dimensions at night under a full moon. Want a guide for that nocturnal hike? Take an easy one-mile walk with a naturalist at Abbotts Lagoon on August 3. Call 415-663-1200.
Walk with Plovers
The San Francisco shoreline is always a treat, either in solitude or with that someone special. If you want more company, walk the coast from bay to ocean with Greenbelt Alliance on August 18. Call 415-255-3233.
Make Like Cupid
Get out your bow and arrow and try your skills at one of two archery ranges on the East Bay: Briones or Redwood. For Briones, call 510-352-4518. For Redwood, call 510-530-0400.
Ride da Bike
Ride in the Chronicle Tour de Peninsula on Sunday, August 5. It's a 33-mile bicycle tour (not a race) with optional shortcuts that begins and ends in Redwood City. Call 415-759-2690.
Take on the Mountains
Ride challenging climbs and thrilling descents in the Santa Cruz Mountain Challenge Century on August 4. Choose from 30-, 60-, and 100-mile courses in the cool mountains of Santa Cruz. Call 831-688-7800.
Run the Distance
Run a long, long, long distance. The Tamalpais Runners Golden Gate Headlands 50K is set for August 25. The course starts and ends at Rodeo Beach. Call 415-389-9606, ext. 3.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication