IDYLLIC ESCAPE (AND A DECENT HIKE!)
If you live in the Bay Area and you're craving some real, green, silent respite from the constant busyness, look no further. The Skyline Ridge trails are easy to access but -- in my humble experience -- are never over-run with other hikers and families and hot chicks selfie-ing. It's easy to lose yourself (but not get lost!) in the greenery. But sorry in advance: That lake in the picture's not a swimming hole.