Apparel giant VF Outdoor is a large company, but it has a commitment to sustainability and making as small an impact on the environment as possible, and its net-zero-electric corporate complex in Alameda shows just how serious it is.
The beauty of hiking in the East Bay is that it can be a lone experience not far from the trailhead. This guide includes lesser-known adventures as well as old favorites in a world of hiking microclimates with unique characteristics. From Alameda, Berkeley, and Crockett to Moraga, Oakland, and San Leandro with varying distances and levels of difficulty, these hikes are sure to please.
Janet Byron, Andrea Firth, Judith M. Gallman, Moraga Hill, Sarah Phelan, and Sarah Lavender Smith
Whitney Thornton pauses on her walk along the Bayview Marsh behind Bayview Avenue to peer into a small, plastic cage protecting young wetland plants from the elements. From the shoreline, the cages, planted at seemingly random spots in the shallow water, look like traps for catching fish, clams, or perhaps crabs. But Thornton isn’t looking for dinner. Instead, this marine biologist is developing new methods of restoring wetlands damaged by invasive Spartina, or cordgrass.