Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pine Mt./Elliott Preserve Hike (1/17) Preview

SHUTTLE HIKE - NOTE EARLY STARTING, LATE ENDING TIME
 
CALL WENDY AT 457-3949 or send her an e-mail her at bdreskin@comcast.net if you are coming!

We'll continue the new year with this annual "Winterim" hike.
 
This one-way shuttle hike starts in oak/bay/madrone woodland, passes through chaparral, then heads down to a valley with a stream, passing some serpentine rock areas. We'll check out birds and mushrooms as we go.  Maybe we'll see the first Milkmaids, or beat our earliest Indian Warrior sighting which was January 6th! (Click here for the recap of our hike in this area in January of 2009. There are a few photos from a past hike in this area in one our online albums.)


Directions to trailhead: We need some people to meet at the end of Cascade Drive in Fairfax at 9:20 a.m. (Click here for a Google Maps map with that location and click on the teardrop icon to get directions to it). If you have time pressure after class go there as well, since the car shuttle won’t get us back to the trailhead until a little after 2:00 pm. Wendy will drive those drivers to the start of the hike.

Others should meet at the trailhead by taking the Bolinas-Fairfax Road past the Meadow Club golf course and up to the crest of the hill. (Click here for a Google Maps map with that location and click on the teardrop icon  to get directions to it.)

Park in the parking lot across from the Pine Mountain Fire Road where the Azalea Hill Trail begins. It is a large dirt parking lot on your left, and the fire road is on the right. If you start going downhill and can see Lake Alpine, you’ve gone too far.  There may or may not be a porta-potty at the trailhead.

Carpool to the trailhead (not the end of Cascade Drive) will leave from St. Rita's at 9:25 a.m. (Wendy won't be at St. Rita's she is going early to drive to the end of Cascade Drive).

Weather forecast: Dick Jordan is up in Eugene and the new "blogmaster" hasn't taken over yet, so click here for an updated forecast for the day of the hike.. Note that unlike College of Marin sessions hikes, rain can cancel "Winterim" outings. So on the morning of the hike, check your e-mail before you leave home to see if Wendy has cancelled the hike. She'll phone those who don't have e-mail.

More on this hike: We'll be hiking on both MMWD watershed lands (click here for a map that you can view, zoom in on or print) and those of the Marin County Open Space District (click here for a description of the preserve (now called Cascade Canyon Open Space Preserve instead of Elliott Preserve) on the District's Website, or click here for a map of this area)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Wendy Gets I-J Hike Coulmn Job!

Good news (Marin I-J wise).


As Dick Jordan noted last week, his Facebook Friend, Vicki Larson, who writes for the Marin I-J, said that the newspaper is looking for an experienced hiker and writer to write a weekly column about hiking in Marin (apparently the person who has been doing it for 25 years is leaving the gig).

As luck would have it, Vicki knows Wendy, who will begin the gig starting in March based on her prior writing experience and without the newspaper even interviewing her.

Congrats, Wendy!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Write About Hiking for the Marin I-J!

Ever dream about being a newspaper reporter?

(Mike Licht Flickr Photo; Kansas City Star Newsroom)
 Now's your chance to make that dream come true!

Dick Jordan's Facebook Friend, Vicki Larson, who writes for the Marin I-J, says that the newspaper is looking for an experienced hiker and writer to write a weekly column about hiking in Marin (apparently the person who has been doing it for 25 years is leaving the gig).

If this interests you, contact Vicki via e-mail at vlarson@marinij.com.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sky Trail to Bear Valley Hike (1/10) Preview

Uphill Slog - Sky Trail We return to Point Reyes National Seashore on Tuesday, January 10th for our first "Winterim" outing of 2017.

The trail is about 7.3 miles long, but a lot of it is fairly level, so the hike is a bit easier than the distance implies.  

This is a shuttle hike, so CALL WENDY AT 415-457-3949 or 415-517-0488 or send her an e-mail her at bdreskin@comcast.net if you are coming! 

Note the earlier than usual meeting time at Bear Valley.

Directions to trailhead: We’ll meet at Bear Valley at 9:20 a.m. and carpool to Sky Trail. (Click here for a Google Maps map that shows the Bear Valley Vistor Center; park in the lot next to the restrooms by the Earthquake trail. Click on the teardrop icon to get driving directions and time from your location.)

(If you are running late, you drive directly to the Sky Trail trailhed. Click here for a Google Maps map showing the trailhead location; click on the teardrop icon to get driving directions and estimated travel time from your location). 

When we get to Mt. Wittenberg we’ll go down Old Pine to the Bear Valley Trail (which is always soggy, whether it has rained recently or not, so waterproof your boots!

We’ll need some people who are not in a rush to drive people back to Sky Trail after we reach the Bear Valley Visitor Center and parking lot.

Restrooms at Bear Valley, none at Sky Trail trailhead, but some as we pass Coast Camp.

Carpool leaves St. Rita Church in Fairfax at 8:45 a.m.

Weather forecast: As of Tuesday, January 3rd, the National Weather Service forecast for the hike was a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.  (Click here for an updated forecast).

More on this hike:  "G3 Sky Trailhead to Bear Valley" in the Martins' book, Hiking Marin, is a version of this hike although we usually go straight at Junction #1 shown on their map and continue on to Sky Camp rather than take the detour up to Mt. Wittenberg (which we do on a separate loop hike from the Sky Trail trailhead) and then back down to the Sky Trail before continuing on to the Old Pine Trail, Divide Meadow and on to Bear Valley.  (Click here for the Seashore's South District Hiking Map which shows these trails).

The following Google Earth image gives a bird's eye view of where we'll be hiking: