|Looking West from Bolinas Ridge (S. Walker photo)|
We could hear Meadowlarks singing, and see Lorquin’s Admirals and Western Tiger Swallowtails.
Directions to Trailhead:
Meet at Samuel P. Taylor State Park at 9:30 am.
Unless you have a State Park Pass, pay the $8.00 day use fee/parking if you leave your car there.
We’ll carpool to the Bolinas Ridge trailhead and hike back down.
Click here for a Mapquest Map showing the parking lot at Samuel P. Taylor. Click on #1 for driving times and directions from your location.
Carpool leaves from St. Rita at 9:10 a.m.
Restrooms at Samuel P. Taylor, none at trailhead.
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Weather forecast: As of Wednesday, May 20th, the National Weather Service forecast was partly sunny, with a high near 65. (Click here for an updated forecast).
More on this hike: "H8 - Taylor State Park to Bolinas Ridge" in the Martin's book, Hiking Marin, is a 10.2 mile loop hike which starts and ends in the state park. We're doing this hike in the opposite direction, but only one-way, from the trailhead on the south side of the road where Sir Francis Drake Boulevard reaches a crest between the McIsaac Ranch at Tocoloma (intersection of SFD and Platform Bridge Road) and Olema, so our total distance hiked should be more like 5 miles.
Although part of the area is within the GGNRA, it is actually administered by Point Reyes National Seashore. The Point Reyes Hiking Map (South District) shows the trails that we'll be following within the GGNRA.
The Google Earth image below shows the area where will be hiking viewed from just east of Olema toward Samuel P. Taylor State Park. Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is the yellow line snaking through the picture. You can see the trail beginning right off to the road on the right. (Click on the image to open a larger view in your Web browser).