Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Angel Island State Park (5/23/17)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Angel Island Hike (5/23/17) Preview

Angel Island State Park is the destination for our next summer hike.  Here's Wendy's description of the outing:  "Flowers, great views and a fascinating history from when Juan Manuel de Ayala sailed from San Carlos into San Francisco Bay in 1775 through Angel Island's year as a quarantine station and its years as Fort McDowell during World War II and a Nike missile base during the Cold War." Angel Island is often good for butterflies like Anise Swallowtails, Western Tiger Swallowtails, California Sisters, and Pipevine Swallowtails.

We'll meet at the ferry dock at 21 Main Street at 9:50 a.m..

Allow time to park and don't miss the boat! (Although it's only a 10-minute trip, the next ferry doesn't run until 11:00 a.m.)

Parking gets more expensive the closer you get to the ferry. There is sometimes on-street free parking if you make a left on Mar West, the corner the library is on. (See map at left). Allow ten minutes to walk (click here to view and print walking directions) from there to the ferry.

Directions to the ferry dock: We'll take the 10 a.m. ferry from Tiburon to the island. Bring cash or check to pay for the ferry ($14.00 for Seniors, $15 for adults, covers round trip ferry and park entrance fee, pay as you board) No credit cards and no Clipper Cards. Bring $22 in cash or check for Wendy, too!

Here is a map of parking lots (cash only, no credit or debit cards, accepted) and the ferry dock provided by the Angel Island Conservancy:

Restrooms at ferry in Tiburon and on Angel Island. Carpool from Greenbrae Park and Ride at 9:15 a.m.

We'll take the last ferry of the day back at 3:30 p.m.

Weather forecast: As Wednesday, May 17th, the National Weather Service forecast for Angel Island for Tuesday's hike was sunny, with a high near 68. (Click here for an updated forecast).

More information on this hike: The Martin's book, Hiking Marin, sets out two hikes on the island: "A12 North Ridge Trail to Mt. Livermore" and "A13 Angel Island Perimeter Trail."

Click here to go to the Angel Island State Park page on the California State Park's Web site.  Click here for on-line information provided by the Angel Island Conservancy.

You'll find a map of the island on page 4 of the state park brochure.

Click here to listen to a podcast about Angel Island. (It may take a while for the audio player to display in your Web browser.)

Here's a Google Earth bird's eye view of the island:

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rock Spring, Mount Tamalpais, May 16, 2017 Final Exam

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rock Spring "Final Exam" Hike (5/16/2017) Preview

As we do each year, we'll wrap up the Spring College of Marin hiking series with this Mount Tamalpais State Park hike. (Click here for a recap of our 2010 hike.  View photos from past hikes in the online album).

Here's Wendy's outline for the hike: "We should see Coral Roots (a native orchid), Meadow Rue, and Golden Banners on this mostly shady loop hike."

"Bring a plate and utensils, and food to share for the Gourmet Final!"

Directions to trailhead: Go south on Highway 101 to the Mill Valley Exit, East Blithdale. Turn left on Camino Alto (use the left turn only lane). Turn right on Miller Ave. Turn left on Montford. (The 2AM Club is the landmark.) Turn right on Molino. There is a yellow dividing line on the road so if in doubt "follow the yellow line road".  Moline becomes Edgewood, which becomes Sequoia Valley Road. At the large intersection at the top, turn right onto Panoramic Highway. At the intersection for the Pantoll Ranger Station, the road divides. Turn right onto Pantoll and keep heading uphill for about one mile. You'll come to an intersection with Ridgecrest Blvd. You'll be facing a dirt parking lot which is Rock Spring. Park here. (Click here for a map showing the parking area at the trailhead.   Click on the teardrop icon or click on "Directions" on the left-hand side of the screen to get  driving time and directions from your location.)

Driving time from College of Marin 55 minutes.

Carpoolers can meet at the Greenbrae Park and Ride lot at 9:10 a.m. (Click here for a map showing the parking lot on Drakes Landing Road; right click on the teardrop icon to get driving time and directions from your location.)

There is an outhouse at trailhead and mid-way.

Weather forecast: As of Wednesday, May 10th, the National Weather Service forecast for the area around Rock Spring on Mt. Tam was mostly sunny, with a high near 55. (Click here for an updated forecast).

More on this hike: The "B17 Simmons - Potrero - Arturo Trails" hike in the Martins' book, Hiking Marin, shows the trails that we'll be hiking on, although we'll probably follow a different route (Simmons to Benstein to Potrero Meadows to Laurel Dell and back up the Cataract Trail to Rock Spring). Page 6 of the state park brochure has a trail map that shows the area.

Here's the hike profile and route we'll follow.

The Google Earth image below shows were we'll be on the mountain. (Click on the photo to open a larger image in your Web browser).

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