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BLACK SANDS BEACH HIKE--10 Miles. 1800 ft. (Marin Headlands)

BLACK SANDS BEACH is a Marin County Headlands beach located to the West of Golden Gate Bridge between Point Diablo and Pt. Bonita Lighthouse. Marin Headlands are always an inspiration regardless of the weather so this is a perfect outing for hikers needing their outdoor fix. We will use the following trails:  Rhubarb, Oakwood Valley, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Rodeo Valley, Coastal, Old Bunker Road and Tennessee Valley.  Depending on time and weather patterns, we may take some time to explore the bunkers and batteries near Rodeo Lagoon. As usual, we'll wait at trail junctions to maintain a group effort.

Start time: 10 AM 
Distance: 10-11 Miles.
Pace: 2.5-3  MPH.
Type: Loop.
Elevation: 1800+ Ft.
Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous.
Hike Time: 5 hrs.
Parking Fee: None.
Event Fee: $3 Cash. 
Guests: Yes 1.

WHAT TO BRING: Sturdy hiking shoes, layered clothing, wind & rain protection hat, gloves, lunch, camera, water ( 2 liters).

ROUTE: From Tennessee Valley trailhead to Rhubarb Valley to Oakwood, Alta, B.A.R.T, Rodeo Valley, Black Sands Beach, Old Bunker Road, Coastal, Tennessee Valley Trail.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Fit Hikers who can handle an 9-10 mile hike with a quick 2.5 to 3 m.p.h.hiking pace.

HOW TO ATTEND:  To attend please answer the RSVP questions when you sign up for this hike.

Golden Gate N.R.A Map!
Trailhead Info.
Google Map Directions.

If you have a ride to offer or need a ride state so in your RSVP or use the discussion board.


To Tennessee Valley from San Francisco

•Go north on highway 101
•Take the Mill Valley / Stinson Beach / Hwy. 1 exit
•Follow Shoreline Hwy. until you see the Tennessee Valley Road sign
•The turn off will be on the left

To Tennessee Valley from the East Bay

•Take 580 west to the Richmond / San Rafael bridge
•Cross the bridge (toll this direction will cost $2)
•Take the second exit after the bridge, go through Larkspur and get on 101 south
•Follow 101 south, Take the Mill Valley / Stinson Beach / Hwy. 1 exit
•Follow Shoreline Hwy. until you see the Tennessee Valley Road sign, the turn off will be on the left

To Tennessee Valley from the North
•Go south on highway 101
•Take the Mill Valley / Stinson Beach / Hwy. 1 exit
•Follow Shoreline Hwy. until you see the Tennessee Valley Road sign
•the turn off will be on the left

Please be aware that we expect you to take responsibility for your safety while we are out on the trails. This means arriving ON TIME to leave with the group, being prepared with adequate hiking gear, hike fee and making sure the difficulty level of the event IS NOT beyond the limits of your health & conditioning. In addition, please show COURTESY to fellow members by changing your **YES* RSVP to a **NO** if your plans change. **IMPORTANT** Members who regularly sign-up for events, but who DO NOT show-up, may be removed from the list, to make room for more reliable members. We understand that your "Yes" RSVP to this event means you accept this.

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  • James W.

    Five stars. Great destination, ideal route. Very well organized -- kudos to David. Best of all, cool people to hike with.

    November 4, 2013

  • David N.

    Great group of hikers for a fantastic day of hiking in beautiful weather. Wide ranging views of the coast absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for joining me everyone!

    3 · November 3, 2013

  • Tara

    FUN, challenging and beautiful. Thanks!

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • 伟 铭

    GPS tracking for the black sands beach hike. Enjoy!

    2 · November 4, 2013

    • Emili

      My GPS said 11.2 - pretty close!

      1 · November 4, 2013

  • Emili

    Fun hike, great group of people!

    2 · November 3, 2013

  • Alexis

    such a great hike with great people!

    2 · November 3, 2013

  • Paula

    Thanks for organizing such a nice hike David! A really nice group, and a FANTASTIC day of weather (did you arrange that too? Good going!). Amazing views from up there! Wish I lived closer! I'd do that more often! Look forward to you getting us together again!

    4 · November 3, 2013

  • David N.

    I am driving a Dodge Dakota with camper shell today. COlor Maroon.

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • James W.

    Dear new hiking acquaintances, the waiting list just opened for me for tomorrow's hike and I'm really psyched about that. However, i just moved back to the Bay Area and don't have a car yet. Would anyone who's driving from SF or Oakland have space in his/her car? I'd gladly pay for gas and can meet you anytime/anywhere. My cell is[masked] 2395. Hope to see you all there. Jim Welles

    1 · November 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      HI Amanda, do you have space for one more?[masked], my phone is kind of broken but i receive texts

      1 · November 2, 2013

  • MrMrB

    Carpool from San Rafael??

    1 · October 31, 2013

    • MrMrB

      Good location! Does 9:30 work, Sun AM (don't forget to set clocks back, the night before)?? I'll buy gas and coffee, fair deal?

      November 1, 2013

    • MrMrB

      ... or juice thingie or whatever... if no coffee :)

      November 1, 2013

  • Tara

    looking 4ward to this hike :)

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't get a babysitter like I original thought I could. Hopefully I can make the next hike. Have fun!

    October 31, 2013

  • Hema

    I am in San Jose, anyone wishing to carpool can contact me.

    October 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, would it be possible to get a ride, I live in SF and will pitch in for gas.


    October 28, 2013

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