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California Trails

The Hell That Is Bay Area Trailhead Parking

Of the 275 recreation sites in the region, only a handful have more parking than 20 years ago. It's enough to send some hikers back home.

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In 20 years, the Bay Area’s population has increased from 3.5 million to more than 7.5 million—but trailhead parking spaces haven’t budged. And that means that many hikers in the region show up for a day out only to find that there’s nowhere to park their car, especially on weekends and at uber-popular spots like Pantoll and Rock Springs in Marin County. Here’s a roundup of how and where you can pull in.