Hiking the San Andreas Fault from San Francisco – a luxury hike with just a bit of terror

We’ve just completed an absolutely enchanting hike from San Francisco through Marin County and into the wine country of Sonoma. What a blast!

It’s a 10-day, self-guided luxury Wine Country Trek that takes in San Francisco and surrounds, the lovely village of Saucelito, up into the coastal ranges to Muir Beach, then Mount Tamalpais, Muir Woods, Mill Valley, the Point Reyes Peninsula and Olema, Tamales Bay, then into that gorgeous Valley of the Moon, Sonoma.

It’s a changing landscape of great interest, which took us from dune scrub to coastal hills, oak woodlands, old-growth redwood forests, chaparral ridges, canyons, cliffs, estuaries and vineyards. Throw in fine food, excellent lodgings and wine and you have one fine trek.

It was published in The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age Travellers on January 23-24. Here it is:

Print edition - SMH:The Age Traveller Jan 23-24, 2016 copy


The (somewhat easier-to-read) online version is here: http://www.traveller.com.au/hiking-san-franciscos-san-andreas-fault-gm6fp3#ixzz3yEjF3ASM






About alisonstewartwriter

Alison is a writer, journalist and travel writer, born in South Africa, now living in Australia. She has had nine books published - two books for adults and seven for young people. Four of them have been translated into Italian, Danish, Dutch and Thai. Her latest project, Cold Stone Soup, an unpublished memoir about growing up under apartheid and migrating to Australia has won the FAW 2013 National Literary Awards (Jim Hamilton Award for a non-fiction manuscript). Cold Stone Soup was also runner-up in the 2010 Penguin/Varuna Scholarship. Her first book for adults, Born Into the Country (Justified Press 1988, South Africa) was shortlisted for the 1987 AA Mutual Life Vita Young Writers’ Award. Heinemann Australia published her next adult novel, Bitterbloom in 1991. Her YA novel, The Wishing Moon was shortlisted for the 1995 Australian Multicultural Children’s Award and was a 1995 Children’s Book Council Notable book. Her YA dystopia, Days Like This, published by Penguin Australia was a finalist in the inaugural 2010 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the YA category. Alison worked for years as a news and feature journalist. She is now a regular travel writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age and online Fairfax Media publications.
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2 Responses to Hiking the San Andreas Fault from San Francisco – a luxury hike with just a bit of terror

  1. Thanks, Susan – you’re very kind to say so! I know exactly what you mean! It was almost a relief to face-plant, thus cravenly avoiding the “difficult” day. But it was a fantastic hike, well worth it and Marin County is a gorgeous array of sceneries as well as having much to offer in terms of food and wine – always important. Sonoma, too.


  2. Loved this article, Alison – your writing is beautifully descriptive. It sounds a bit too full on for me – I like to amble these days, rather than hike!

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