Looking for to get a bit more exercise in the New Year? Here are some resources to help you find your way and enjoy your walk.
Map My Walk is not only is great for keeping track of your walking, but can give you some great ideas on routes other residents have taken. The walks shown are ‘city street’ walks, so can be taken right outside your front door. There are a variety of distances and the information includes elevation if you want to avoid hills. Map My Hike or Map My Run are also useful resources.
All Trails is just what it says: a great resource for reviews and photos of local trails. It has easy buttons to find the best birding trails, the best wild flower trails, best trails for kids, and more. These trails are shown with a map (unlike Yelp) and also list distances and difficulty. It’s a great resource for trying a new walk in our local wildlife.
Yelp is not only a great way to find restaurants, but also a useful resource for reviews of hiking trails and parks here in Cupertino. We are blessed with many amazing trails for walkers interested in an easy stroll or a long, hilly climb. Take a look at the options and read the reviews to narrow your search.
Trail Link: Looking for further afield trails than just in Cupertino or trails that have asphalt? Trail Link is a great way to find trails all over the bay area and the surface for each trail is noted prominently. Trails are listed with distances and most have a map. Each trail also lists parking, access and reviews.
Bring Fido is a useful resource if you like to walk or hike with your dog. Bring Fido rates south bay trails by which are pet-friendly. Unfortunately, there are limited number of trails listed, so it is likely necessary to use other websites.
Ken’s Favorite Silicon Valley Hikes: Still looking for more information? Here’s a site that reviews some favorite hikes of a local resident, with detailed information about 10+ hikes that he has enjoyed, including parking, climate, scenic and seasonal notes. It’s full of great advice from a seasoner hiker.