All posts by Taylor Crisologo

Taylor studied biology at Cornell University, where she worked with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology on projects ranging from breeding herring gulls off the coast of Maine to dancing lyrebirds in Australia’s Blue Mountains. When she’s not researching great places to experience Bay Area nature, you can find her birding or reading a book at home with her husband and their two indoor cats (Max and Penelope).

The Geology Rocks at Rodeo Beach South

Mill Valley, Ca – Need a secluded spot to relax? Check out Rodeo Beach South, a short hike through a beautiful landscape to a beautiful beach. Plus, it’s right near Point Bonita, making this an easy hiking double feature.

Explore a Lighthouse at Point Bonita

Sausalito, Ca – A jewel of the North Bay, the Point Bonita Lighthouse rests as a beautiful and historic part of California. 

Look for Banana Slugs at Sam McDonald County Park

Loma Mar, Ca – Sam McDonald County Park is a gem located just an hour Southwest of the Silicon Valley. The park is split into two habitats: grassy hills and shrubbery to the Northwest and redwood stands to the Southwest.

Hike in San Jose at Santa Teresa County Park

San Jose, Ca – Santa Teresa County Park is located just 10 miles outside of bustling San Jose, CA. With its rolling hills and gorgeous views of the Bay Area, this location is definitely worth the short drive.

Enjoy Scenic Bluffs at Wilder Ranch State Park

Santa Cruz, Ca – Winding trails which offer spectacular views of coastal bluffs and beaches make Wilder Ranch an unforgettable hiking spot. Plus, there’s incredible birdwatching to boot.

Go Tidepooling at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Moss Beach, Ca – Access to some of California’s amazing Pacific tidepools is an incredible opportunity, and it’s only a 1-hour drive from the heart of the Silicon Valley. Check the tide schedule and grab your waterproof boots – it’s giant green anemone time.