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Tom Stienstra

SF Chronicle

Northern California, CA, United States

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Past articles by Tom:

Tom Stienstra endured outdoor risks but cancer made him face mortality

Tom Stienstra, outdoorsman and emeritus outdoors writer for The Chronicle, had prior brushes with death, but cancer made him reckon with mortality once more. → Read More

Rare 80-foot blue whales spotted in Monterey Bay

In a rare spectacle last week, a boat of sightseers on Monterey Bay spotted 90-foot blue... → Read More

Looking for a last-minute August escape? Mendocino hotels, campgrounds still available

The Mendocino coast is a favorite weekend escape among Bay Area travelers, but if you... → Read More

Best place to catch fish this summer? S.F.'s Salmon Highway

The Salmon Highway, a great spot to hook fish outside the Golden Gate, is open for... → Read More

5 perfect lake hikes in California's Russian Wilderness

Deep in the heart of wilderness in California’s Far North, there’s a tiny lake like... → Read More

California's only boat-in state park is the perfect summer escape. And there's lots of water

Just a few paddle strokes gets you into a matrix of natural lakes and streams fed by an... → Read More

No Fourth of July plans? Try this $20 boat tour of S.F. Bay

This Fourth of July weekend, one of the best deals in the outdoors is an hour-long boat... → Read More

Salmon season opener looks promising for big catches. Fishing starts Saturday

After being closed for eight months, the sport salmon season opener is upon the Bay Area.... → Read More

How to get away from the crowds at Lassen National Park this summer

California’s paramount landscape of fire and ice, Lassen Volcanic National Park, is... → Read More

S.F. Bay's a busy place right now, as the halibut are biting like crazy

Halibut are bringing the San Francisco Bay fishing scene to life, and with the salmon... → Read More

This cluster of Sierra lakes is a summer secret

In a drought year that is keeping water levels at California reservoirs low, the Lakes... → Read More

Want to get out on the water? Here's a beginner's guide to kayaking the delta

In a summer ahead when many major recreation lakes will be drained to low levels, you can... → Read More

The case for visiting Loch Lomond, one of the prettiest parks in the Bay Area

In the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, one of the prettiest parks in the greater Bay... → Read More

Which California lakes are best to visit this summer? Here are 50 close to the Bay Area

Water levels were already low at several recreational lakes, but a second-straight... → Read More

Guide to trout fishing in Northern California in the summer of 2021

Though most Bay Area lakes are open year-round, the trout season opener this weekend is... → Read More

Booking campsites at California state parks just got a lot easier

A new partnership could make it easier to navigate the booking process for landing a... → Read More

After last year's wildfires, spring revival brings record visits to Bay Area parks

All over the Bay Area, scars from last year’s devastating wildfires remain. But hiking... → Read More

Spring prospects for wildflowers range from sensational to not-so-great

The dry winter curtailed the massive blooms of wildflowers we look forward to each year,... → Read More

Recreational fishing season will be short on salmon. They're not the only fish in the sea

Party-boat salmon fishing comes with a lot of uncertainty this year. But rockfish season... → Read More

How to capture this year's perfect photo of Yosemite's firefall, the stunning yet brief waterfall spectacle

The timing has to be perfect: the firefall occurs when sunlight entering Yosemite Valley... → Read More