The Bay Area is a dreamy place to hike, and you don't have to travel far to find a good trail with amazing views and wildlife. Many parks are open in the winter and all year round. Here's Vibemaps guide and map of the best bay area hiking trails.

Hiking is a way to get in touch with nature and always yourself. As Tom Courtney writes in Walkabout in Northern California.

"The hiker goes not only into the woods, but also deeper into herself."

In fact, if you're live in the Bay Area or visiting, there's probably a good trail just outside your door. Neighborhoods and towns in the valleys of the Mission in San Francisco, hills of the East Bay, and towns connecting the North and South Bay.

Not only are these hikes near by with astounding views, they feature an amazing diversity of terrain, including beaches with coastal bluffs, Redwood grooves, wetlands, mountains, waterfalls, and much more. Most of these hikes are a fairly easy and 2 to 3 miles long, and some are even shorter and can be completed in 1 hour or so.