Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Enjoy a week off hiking on Tuesday, October 21st, following the last hike of "Fall 1" today.

We'll resume our weekly treks around the county on October 28th as "Fall 2" begins with a hike on Mount Tam from Bootjack to Mountain Theater to West Point Inn and back.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Since Bill's Trail in Samuel P. Taylor State Park is closed, we won't be able to hike in Devil's Gulch on October 28th as originally planned.

Instead, we'll do the Bootjack to Mountain Theater (with a lunch stop at West Point Inn) hike.

Click here to view and print a revised list of all Fall 1 & 2 hikes.

China Camp: A New Hike

Trail construction and closure forced us to ditch both "Plan A" and "Plan B" for hiking yesterday at China Camp State Park.

Instead of the routes we've taken in the past, this time we parked along San Pedro Road at the park entrance that leads to the Back Ranch campground, discovered that we had to pay $3/person or have park pass just to hike in that section of the park, and headed up the Bay View Trail and Powerline Fire Road.

Fortunately, although the sun was shining on the hillsides and the temperature was warm, there was enough shade to keep our brains from being baked into adobe bricks.

We topped out at about 700' above sea level, now and then being rewarded with sweeping views to the north across San Pablo Bay toward Sonoma and Napa.

Steeply descending the Back Ranch Fire Trail brought us to picnic tables in the campground near the bottom of the hill, leaving us just a short walk back to our cars after lunch.

(Hike "D14 Bay View Trail - Miwok Fire Trail" in the Martin's book, Hiking Marin, shows these trails we walked, although we didn't follow the entire route for that specific hike.)

Tennessee Valley "Final Exam" Hike (10/14) Preview

Down In The Valley Per Wendy, "this loop [around Tennessee Valley] features panoramic views of the Bay. We often see Condominium spiders, and raptors --- including Northern Harriers, American Kestrels, White-Tailed Kites, Red-Shouldered Hawks and Red-Tailed Hawks. When we're lucky we see bobcats!"

REMEMBER TO BRING PLATE, UTENSILS, AND SOMETHING TO SHARE FOR THE GOURMET FINAL EXAM! (Let’s think green and try to cut down on paper and plastic throw-aways as much as possible). We’ll leave the food in the cars and eat when we get back, but bring your water bottle. 

(Click here for a recap of our October 2008 hike. Here's an album of photos from past hikes in this area.).

Directions to trailhead: Take the Stinson Beach exit from Highway 101. Follow signs to Stinson Beach and Muir Woods, then turn left on Tennessee Valley Road and take it to the parking lot at the end.

(Click here for a MapQuest map showing the trailhead. Click on #1 to get driving time and directions from your location.)

40 minutes from College of Marin.

Carpoolers can meet at the Greenbrae Park & Ride lot 9:15 am.  (Click here for a MapQuest map showing the parking lot; click on #1 to get driving time and directions from your location.)

Portable toilets at the trailhead and lunch.

Weather forecast: As of Wednesday, October 8th, the National Weather Service forecast for the hike was partly sunny, with a high near 72.  (Click here for an updated forecast)..

More information on this hike: Hike A8 Miwok – Coyote Ridge – Coastal Trails in the Martin's book, Hiking Marin, shows our route from Tennessee Valley towards Mill Valley, westward to ocean views, then back east to the parking lot.