These Five Hikes All End at a Bar

It's a classic pairing

July 7, 2017 9:00 am

Hiking is its own reward, of course (views, fresh air, etc.).

Hiking followed by a friendly beer with buddies, though? 


Below, our top five picks for superior hikes leading directly to some highly recommendable bars.

Hike: Presidio selects (see this map — follow the “Difficult” trail marked in orange
Distance: 6.4 miles (loop)
Highlight: Views of the Pacific and the Golden Gate
The bar at the end of the trail: Sessions at the Presidio. We suggest entering at the Presidio Gate, and then detouring when you’re nearly done from Lover’s Lane, just inside the park from Chestnut and Lyon
Refuel: If you can get there by 4 p.m. on a Friday (work what?), we vote for the happy hour oysters and $4 beer specials

Hike: Lake Merritt
Distance: 3.1 miles (loop)
Highlight: Exercise! The vibe is more “pretty lake that I am enjoying from this paved path” than “natural wild splendor.”
The bar at the end of the trail: Lake Chalet — from the same team as Beach Chalet, and with more reliable weather. 
Refuel: Irish Coffee and lobster sausage, anyone

Hike: Napa Valley Vine Trail
Distance: 12.5 miles (one-way) — plan on cabbing back
Highlight: Feel free to swap feet for wheels in this shared walking/biking trail that will eventually stretch to nearly 50 miles through prime Napa vineyards. For now, follow it to its current northern terminus: Yountville. 
The bar at the end of the trail: Well, there’s always The French Laundry if you want to upgrade from “bar” to “world-class dining experience,” just a block or so off the official trail. Otherwise, how about the Girard Winery Tasting Room
Refuel: The “Cabernet Sauvignon Experience” sounds about right

Hike: This classic trip up Panoramic Hill
Distance: 5.9 miles (loop)
Highlight: Views from the top
The bar at the end of the trail: Keep going in the same direction as you come down from the hill — ’til you reach the Triple Rock brewpub. 
Refuel: The Marine Layer IPA

Hike: Tomales Point Trail
Distance: 9.4 miles (out and back). Go early to avoid the crowd. 
Highlight: This afternoon marries our two favorite things north of the Golden Gate: Hog Island oysters and hiking above Tomales Bay. Plan on using a car (or a kayak). 
The (oyster) bar at the end of the trail: Hog Island and its picnic tables, right on the bay. 
Refuel: As many oysters as you can eat, plus your choice of California white


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