Nothing says spring like a wildflower hike.
Put it off, and you'll miss out entirely.
(In other words: YOLO.)
Here, our favorite wildflower hike within 50 miles.
Everything's better with a Pacific Ocean backdrop — plus the gear you'll want and, most necessarily, your post-hike beer spot.
THE HIKE: Maybe you're making the trip to a dedicated flower farm — in which case we say, vaya con Dios and take lots of pictures. Generally, we we like to see wildflowers in ... the wild, even if that means fighting for space with a bunch of other people with the same idea. (Easier fix: go early, go late, even on a weekday.) Our pick — and it's a controversial one, even at HQ — is Chimney Rock. Amazing bonus: You might even get a look at a whale this time of year. Time it right — we like the park's Twitter feed for updates — and you'll get a look at California poppies, lupines, wild daisies, and more.
THE GEAR: Pics or it didn't happen. We're devoted to the Leica Q — not quite compact, but hard to finder better quality images for the size. We're not going hiking with a full-body rig — personal preference — but this ensures that we bring home top-quality shots (uh, to us, anyway) from our time outside.
THE BEER: Stop in Point Reyes Station for the Old Western Saloon, dissolute in all the right ways.