Steve Erlsten

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After a leafleting tour through the Northwest in Spring 2013 I became Vegan Outreach's Northern California Outreach Coordinator. The past two years have been amazing, so please donate to help all of us at VO continue this focused high-impact work! Learn more about me on my VO profile.

After last year's million inch hiking adventure, I decided to use some iconic Bay Area hikes for this summer's Team Vegan activity. Stay tuned for updates about my hikes--maybe this will be the summer I get to China Hole in Henry W. Coe State Park!

I kicked off my Team Vegan 2015 hiking (photos here) on May 3rd with Mission Peak! This 8-mile hike has 2000 feet of elevation gain, and I added another 400 feet of elevation gain by biking 3 miles each way to get to the trailhead. The animals were the highlight of this hike. There were birds and ground squirrels that were too quick for pictures, but I snapped a picture of a gopher snake basking along the trail and a magpie playing with the wind at the summit. The cows and goats were happy to pose for pictures and pose as a reminder of why I work so hard for the animals.

For my second hike, I went north to Mt Tam State Park in Marin County for some redwoods and beach views (photos here). The Matt Davis/Steep Ravine Loop was full of amazing ocean views and juicy black raspberries! I hugged some redwoods and enjoyed the quiet. The calm quiet of redwood forests is deeper than any other type of forest I've visited. The height of the trees prevent winds from reaching the forest floor, and the floor of leaves and needles absorb any noise that tries to creep in.

This hike hit a touristy area (Muir Woods National Monument), but the wild plums and cool damp woods made up for it! A walk around the Bison Paddock in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco wrapped the day up.

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