Saturday, July 23, 2016

Dick Jordan's Cuba Documentary Screens in San Francisco

If you don't mind "hiking" into San Francisco, you'll be able to see Dick Jordan's feature-length documentary film, Cuba, Libre? screened in the Koret Auditorium of the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4th.

Dick and some of the travel writers who appear in the film will be on hand after the screening to answer questions about the film and travel to Cuba.

Don't worry if you can't make it! Arrangements are being worked out for additional screenings in Marin later in 2016 and in January 2017.

Details For Remaining Summer 2016 Hikes

If you either didn't receive or mislaid Wendy's recent e-mail about the remaining hikes in July and August, click here to view and print out that information.

Friday, July 22, 2016

McCurdy Trail to Five Brooks Shuttle Hike (7/26) Preview

This one-way shuttle hike may not sound familiar because we haven't done it in some time.

We'll meet at Five Brooks and carpool from there to the bottom of the McCurdy trail which begins at milepost 18.17, north of Dogtown.

We’ll hike 5.5 miles back to Five Brooks on the Olema Valley trail. It's mostly level, with less than 500’ elevation gain.

We usually find butterflies (Acmon Blues, Mylitta Crescents and Satyr Commas) on this hike.

Since this is a SHUTTLE HIKE, CALL WENDY AT 457-3949 OR EMAIL if you are coming!

Directions to trailhead: From north and central Marin, head out Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to Olema, where you'll turn left onto Highway 1. Drive south about 4 miles (6 minutes) and you'll see the sign on the right for Five Brooks. Turn right off the highway to reach the parking lot.

Click here for a Google Map that shows Five Brooks Ranch and click on the teardrop icon to get driving time and directions from your location. (We'll park in the lot by the Mill Pond, just before the ranch itself, as shown on the map).

Driving time is about 40 minutes from the College of Marin. Carpoolers can met at St. Rita's at 9:00 a.m.

(If you are coming from southern Marin, Five Brooks is about 55 minutes from Mill Valley and 30 minutes/18 miles north of Stinson Beach. It will be on your left as you head up Highway 1).

Pit toilets in parking lot at Five Brooks where we meet to carpool and end the hike.

More on this hike: Hike "F3 Olema Valley to Five Brooks" in the Martins' book, Hiking Marin, describes the route we'll take.

Weather forecast: As of Friday, July 22nd, the National Weather Service forecast for the hike was mostly sunny, with a high near 75. (Click here for an updated forecast.)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Early Registration For Fall 1 & 2 Hikes Opens on Monday, July 25th

In-person and phone-in early registration for Fall 1 and Fall 2 College of Marin Community Education classes, including the Fall 1 & 2 Meandering in Marin hikes, will open for current Gold Card members next Monday, July 25 and continue through next Thursday, July 28.

 College of Marin office hours for next week are:
  • Monday, July 25: 9am-Noon, 1-4pm
  • Tuesday, July 26: 9am-Noon, 1-4pm
  • Wednesday, July 27: Closed in the morning. Open 1-4pm.
  • Thursday, July 28: 9am-Noon, 1-4pm
  • Friday, July 29: Closed (summer hours)
Please stop by one of the college's offices---Kentfield or Indian Valley Campus---to register with Dolly Bedi or Heather Peitz or call to register over the phone: 415-485-9305. 

Online registration, and registration for those who aren't ESCOM Gold Card members, begins Monday, August 1st.

Here is the information on the Meandering in Marin classes: 
  • Fall 1 Tuesday Hikes
    • Course No: 2269
    • 7 Tuesdays, 9/6-10/18
    • Cost: $140 (ESCOM members pay $120)
  • Fall 2 Tuesday Hikes
    • Course No: 2271
    • 7 Tuesdays, 11/1-12/13
    • Cost: $140 (ESCOM members pay $120)
  • Fall 1 Monday Hikes
    • Course No: 2268
    • 7 Mondays, 9/12-10/24
    • Cost: $140 (ESCOM members pay $120)
  • Fall 2 Monday Hikes
    • Course No: 2270
    • 7 Mondays, 10/31-12/12
    • Cost: $140 (ESCOM members pay $120) 
Visit to check out the entire Fall Community Education Class Schedule.