Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July 7 - NO HIKE!

There will be no hike on Tuesday, July 7th.

Our next outing will be on Tuesday, July 14th when he hike to Bass Lake from the Palomarin Trailhead in Point Reyes National Seashore.

The Blog (and Dick Jordan) Go on "Sabbatical"

After 7-plus years and 300-plus hikes, both the Meandering blog and Dick Jordan will be going on an indefinite "sabbatical."

During this time, there will be no further hike previews published on the blog nor sent to you via e-mail from the blog. Look for Dick to join you on the trail sometime in the future.

Click here to be sure that you have the details on all remaining Summer 2015 hikes.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bull Point Hike (6/30) Preview

"Back Off, Or Get Stomped!" This week we head through Inverness to hike on the ocean side of the Point Reyes National Seashore. Here's Wendy's description for this hike: "A beautiful but soggy (in places) walk timed to see the Coast Lilly blooming in its only site in Marin!

"Other endangered flowers we've seen other years include the Swamp Harebell, Large Flowered Lianthus, and Point Reyes Checkerbloom. We may also see Yellow-Eyed Grass, Tinker's Penny, White-Flowered Bog Orchid, and Hooker’s Evening Primrose. We've also seen the endangered Myrtle's Silverspot butterfly on this hike, and birds including Grasshopper Sparrows and Caspian Terns. Sometimes we're lucky enough to see endangered Bumblee Bee Scarab Beetles. Some off-trail walking but little elevation gain." (Click here for the recap of our Bull Point hike on July 7, 2009.).

Directions to the trailhead: Take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard west to Olema. Turn right on Highway 1, then make an immediate left onto Bear Valley Road. Continue past the road to Park Headquarters (stop here for a restroom break; there are no porta-potties at the trailhead) and go left when you hit Sir Francis Drake again.

Go through Inverness. Go left at the "Y" (right takes you out to Pierce Point) and pass MCI and RCA stations on your right. The Bull Point parking lot will be on your left.

(Click here for a MapQuest map of the trailhead location and to get driving directions and times from your location.)

Carpool leaves St. Rita at 8:50 a.m.

Weather forecast: As of Wednesday, June 24th, the National Weather Service forecast for the hike was partly sunny, with a high near 59. (Click here for an updated forecast).

More on this hike: Hike "H11 Bull Point and South Beach Trails" in the Martins' book, Hiking Marin, shows this as 4.0 mile out and back hike. Tracy Salcedo-Chourre's book, Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, pegs it at 3.6 miles as does the park's North District Hiking Map.

The Google Earth image below shows the area where we'll be hiking. (Click on the image to open a larger version in your Web browser).

Friday, June 19, 2015

Muir Woods Parking Plan Proposed

This week the County of Marin and the National Park Service moved closer to adopting a plan to begin reducing traffic and parking congestion at Muir Woods National Monument.

The County Board of Supervisors will hold a further hearing on the plan on Tuesday, June 30th.

In this report, the Marin I-J said that the plan "calls for a reservation system, parking limits, public transit and traffic enforcement."

More information about "Muir Woods Transportation Enhancement" can be found on this page of the County of Marin Website and in the "Muir Woods" section of the County Board of Supervisors Web page.