I visit Mountain View, California a few times a year for work. I've always noticed the hill and trail behind my office but never made an effort to climb it until this year when the prospect of a beautiful sunrise was just too enticing to pass up.I picked my way through a small amount of brush and found the trailhead.
The views were so lovely, I even did the short hike again a second day even earlier to catch the brilliant California sunrise.
There are lots of great trails to discover all over the Bay Area. You may only even need to look in your own backyard.