5 Best Places to Hike and Get High near San Francisco
Is there anything better than exploring the splendor of nature while consuming a little piece of it? Sometimes a bit of cannabis is just what you need to free yourself in the wild.
After receiving your order from us, your favorite online San Francisco dispensary, go put it to use at any of these epic hiking spots around the Bay area to connect with mother nature and your soul.
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Mount Tamalpais State Park
Mount Tamalpais (or “Mount Tam” as it’s fondly called) is a great state park and one of the best places to get high and enjoy cannabis for the sheer variety of trails it has.
It has over 60 miles of some of San Francisco’s best hiking trails, ranging from easy to moderate. Plus, it is great to go at any time of the year. Check out the spectacular waterfalls in the rainy months (late November-March) or wait for the wildflowers to bloom February-May.
If you want an all-day hike in Mount Tam, start with the Steep Ravine Trail (1.5 miles) to marvel at the coast redwoods. Follow the trail as it turns into Dipsea Trail to admire the sparkling ocean (another 1.5 miles), and then swing around with the Matt Davis Loop for a total of 7.5 miles. It’s more than worth it for one of the best hikes in San Francisco.
In a Nutshell
Where: Mount Tamalpais State Park
Drive Time: 1 hour from San Francisco
Cost: $8 per vehicle
Length of the trail: 7.5 miles
Elevation gain: 1,689 ft
Dogs allowed: Not on trails, only in developed areas
Tomales Point Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore
This might be our new favorite San Francisco hiking spot! Tomales Point Trail is a 9.5 mile out-and-back trail (meaning 9 miles roundtrip).
Because it's so long, a good Sativa strain or hybrid strain would be best for this sort of excursion.
Of course, you don't have to hike the whole trail. Go for as long or short as you wish, but the sites along the trail beckon exploration.
Enjoying stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Bodega Bay, rolling hills, and huge fields bursting with flowers is one of the best things to do while high in the Tomales Point Trail. And if you’re lucky, you will have a chance to see Tule elk grazing in the open fields.
The trail itself is moderate, as the first mile or so is relatively level, but the terrain changes into a rolling gradient. Then, the last stretch of trail is wilder and often overgrown with flora. Long sleeves and long pants are recommended. Fog and wind are often present, so be sure to pack a windbreaker as well.
Despite the challenges, this is a great trail for packing a lunch, pausing to enjoy Sava's Lime Basil Social Tonic, and admiring the stunning views of the bay.
The trailhead is located at the northern end of Point Reyes, so allow at least 35 minutes drive time from the Point Reyes Station to the trail.
In a Nutshell
Where: Point Reyes National Seashore
Drive time: 1.5 hours from San Francisco
Length of trail: 9 miles
Elevation gain: 1,177 ft
Dogs allowed: No
Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park
"Massive" is an understatement for the redwoods. You'll feel like you're stepping into a primeval forest in the Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park. Towering trees, sunlight filtering through the verdant leaves, and the call of songbirds make this park seem like something out of a science fiction movie. It’s truly one of the best places to hike in San Francisco.
When you enter the forest, you'll see more than just the famous reds; you'll also enjoy eucalyptus, pine, and chaparral. You'll hear water trickling as streams and creeks flow through the park and enjoy various trails.
Grahame Trail is relatively easy, as it is only 2.8 miles roundtrip. It's a perfect San Francisco hiking trail for a quick Saturday getaway if you're looking to get back into nature.
If you're expecting some more thrill, you can find some trails that are off the beaten path. They're so rugged and remote, you'll half-expect a dinosaur call in the distance.
Unlike the first two parks on this list, this park is dog-friendly. Bring your furry companion if so desired. The natural smells, sights, and sounds here will be invigorating and rejuvenating for your entire pack.
In a Nutshell
Where: Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park
Drive time: 30 minutes from San Francisco
Length of trail: 2.8 miles
Elevation gain: 479 ft
Cost: $5 per vehicle
Dogs allowed: Yes; $2 per dog
Bon Tempe and Alpine Lakes
I bet you thought Bon Tempe was just a fictional town from True Blood! In fact, it’s also a heavily trafficked hiking trail and for good reason.
You'll see rolling hills of violets, sweeping views of pine trees, and great access to the lake.
We may be biased when we say visiting Bon Tempe and Alpine Lake is one of the best things to do when high. Is there really anything better than freshwater, warm sun, and pleasurable high from Kikoko botanical mints?
If you're so inclined, bring your fishing gear. There are plenty of Trout, Panfish, and Bass in the area. Occasionally if you glance at the lake, you might see some jumping trout.
Although there are not many guideposts, the trail is mostly flat and rated as "easy". You will not get lost if you stick to the lake.
If you're ready to take your hiking in San Francisco to the next level, the 12-mile loop via Sunny Side, Pine Point, Coller, Lower Northside, and Kent Trail provides a great workout and stunning vistas of Chamise, Manzanita, Toyon, Ceanothus, Shrubby Oaks, and a spattering of Douglas Fir.
Bring lots of sunscreen, as this particular trail does not have much cover.
Mt. Diablo State Park
Mt. Diablo State Park is one of the best places to enjoy a light high and meditate because of its connection to spirituality.
According to the Miwok and Ohlone tribes, this is the point of creation. It is considered sacred to numerous Native American tribes.
The evidence of Native American presence on the mountain can be seen everywhere in the park. You can find many grinding holes in the stone, showing where the Miwok once smashed acorns and other nuts into powder.
Mt. Diablo’s other claim to fame is that it has one of the widest-reaching views in California. In clear conditions, you can see almost 200 miles. (Pro-tip: the best viewing time is after a winter storm.)
Hiking this particular mountain isn’t too bad, as far as mountains go. It’s only about 3800ft in elevation. The effort is more than worth it to see rolling hills and broad, flat valleys. The land around the peak is lush, with shrubbery ranging from green to golden.
It is possible to drive the trail up the mountain, but honestly, why would you want to rush? Enjoying the natural beauty of Mt. Diablo State Park is one of the best things to do while you’re high. Come early in the day as hikers and cyclists quickly fill this very popular trail.
An impressive observation deck lets you see panoramic views of the entire Bay area at the summit, making this one of the best hikes in San Francisco.
In a Nutshell
Where: Mt. Diablo State Park
Drive time: 50 minutes from San Francisco
Length of trail: 13 miles
Elevation gain: 3800 ft
Dogs allowed: No
How Cannabis Enhances Your Calm in Nature
Enjoying the effect of cannabis and hiking is like a two-for-one special when it comes to reducing stress and elevating mood.
Interestingly, some of the same mechanics are involved when it comes to stress reduction, cannabis, and being in nature.
Being outside impacts our well-being by lowering our blood pressure, reducing muscle tension, and reducing the amount of cortisol (the “stress hormone”) in our blood.
All of these are what cannabis does as well! The active ingredients in cannabis are linked to relaxation and stress relief. This goes for both THC and CBD strains.
How to Treat Yourself After a Hike
Consuming cannabis isn’t the only way you can derive its benefits. CBD (cannabidiol) can be used to treat pain, inflammation, and sore muscles and joints.
Relief aches and pains from hiking with Sweet Jane CBD 20:1 Tincture. Straight from Humboldt County, this tincture helps relieve muscle pain, nerve pain, and arthritis, which makes it just about perfect for post-hike decompression.
As its name implies, it has a ratio of 20:1 CBD to THC, and its low psychoactivity balances pain relief with relaxation.
For greater pain relief, you can use a topical cream, such as Comfort Plus Body Butter. This extra-strength body butter is made of sustainably cultivated sun-grown cannabis and all-natural ingredients such as aloe, shea, coconut oil, and essential oils.
Whether you’re looking to get high and hike or just mellow out and chill, Sava is your go-to online San Francisco dispensary and cannabis delivery service. We deliver the best California-grown cannabis straight to your doorstep. No hassle. No headache. Just high-quality cannabis products catered to your wellbeing to keep you feeling blissful and bright.
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