Arguably the most sublime hike in the Bay Area, the Matt Davis Trail spills down the west side of Mt.Tam to Stinson Beach. For roughly 3 non-rough miles it zigzags across meadows, wooded groves and-especially in the spring –waterfalls. The view of the Pacific is a near religious experience. Park at Pan Toll on Panoramic Highway ($6 for he day. Best to get there early on weekends). Make your return trip uphill on the Steep Ravine trail, a slightly more arduous but equally gorgeous hike. An alternative route to your car at Pan Toll is the West Marin Stagecoach ( bus). Check goldengate.org for schedules. A rich source of hiking everywhere is always bahiker.com .
Mr. Davis, by the way, was one of the area’s leading trail blazers early in the 20th century.