Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tomales Bay State Park "Final Exam" Hike (July 29) Preview

It's the end of the first half of "summer school" this coming week when we return to Tomales Bay State Park for our hike.

Here's Wendy's description of the outing: "Bishop pine forest, beach, and a favorite scenic picnic spot over-looking Tomales Bay. Bring something to share for our gourmet potluck lunch, and utensils, plate, and cup."

(Click here to view photos from past hikes in Tomales Bay State Park).

Directions to the trailhead: Take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Turn right at Olema and make an immediate left onto Bear Valley Road. (Stop at the Bear Valley Visitor Center to use the restrooms as there are none at the trailhead).

Continue until you pick up Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Go through Inverness and over the ridge. At the "Y" where the road veers left to Drake's Beach and the Lighthouse go straight. This puts you on Pierce Point Road.

Just BEFORE the right turn that takes you down to Heart's Desire Beach there is a dirt parking lot on the right. If you don't know it you may need to go to the road to Heart's Desire and then turn around. We'll take the Jepson/Johnson loop.

Click here for a MapQuest map that shows the parking lot for the trailhead. Click on #1 to get driving times and directions from your location.

Driving time one hour from College of Marin. Restrooms before lunch.

Carpool leaves St. Rita at 9:00 am.

Weather forecast: As of Thursday, July 24, the National Weather Service forecast for the hike was mostly sunny with a high near 67. (Click here for an updated forecast).

More on this hike: "G14 Johnstone - Jepson Trails" in the Martins' book, Hiking Marin, shows the area in which we'll be hiking. The trails are also shown on page 4 of the Tomales Bay State Park brochure. The Google Earth image below shows this part of the state park. (Click on the image to open a larger version in your Web browser).

Friday, July 18, 2014

Muddy Hollow Loop Hike (7/22) Preview

Uplands, Limantour Estero This week we return to Point Reyes National Seashore to do a loop hike from the Muddy Hollow Trailhead.

Here's Wendy's description of our upcoming hike: "This is a lovely loop wit views of Limantour Estero. We often see Tule Elk on this hike, and sometimes the endangered Myrtle's Silverspot butterfly." (Note: this hike is longer than we usually do (about 7 miles), so sometimes we make it back on time but sometimes we get back late).

Directions to the trailhead: Take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard west to Olema. Turn right on Route 1, then make an immediate left onto Bear Valley Road.

Continue past Park Headquarters (turn in if you need a restroom, there are none at the trailhead) and go left on Limantour Road.

When you see a paved road to the Hostel on the left, turn right on the dirt road to Muddy Hollow parking lot.

Click here for a Mapquest map showing the trailhead. Click on #1 to get driving times and directions from your location.

Carpool from St. Rita at 8:50 am.

Weather forecast: As of Friday, July 18th, the National Weather Service forecast for this area at thge time of our hike was patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 65. (Click here for an updated forecast).

More on this hike: The Martins' book, Hiking Marin, was lasted updated in 2006, so it does not show the current trail which now only loops back to the Muddy Hollow Trailhead and no longer has an offshoot that goes to the Limantour Beach parking lot as shown on the Martins’ map. But their hike "G8 Muddy Hollow Rd - Estero Trail" does show the area where we'll be hiking.

However, the Point Reyes National Seashore's North District Hiking Map includes the new loop trail and pegs the distance at exactly 7.0 miles. The following Google Earth image shows the area (click on it to open a larger picture in your Web browser).

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Drakes Bay Oyster Company to Close

According to a story by the Lunnys in today's Point Reyes Light, Drakes Bay Oyster Company will close at the end of July.

So if you were on our July 1st Bull Point Hike, you may have seen the last vestiges of oyster harvesting within Point Reyes National Seashore.

The story in the Light comes on the heels of a report in Monday's Marin-IJ that the Lunnys were discussing settlement of their lawsuit against the federal government over the decision not to renew the DBOC lease. A similar story ran in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

August Hike Information Now Online!

In case you didn't get Wendy's e-mailed list of August hikes, you'll find the dates/locations on the "Upcoming Hikes" page of the Meandering blog.

To view and print complete details on each hike, click here.