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Mt Tam Hike: From The Dam Up

  • Apr 19, 2014 · 10:45 AM
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Mt Tam is one of my favourite hiking spots and the trail along Cataract is really sweet.  It follows the creek and has plenty of falls along the section we'll be on.

This is a moderate to strenuous hike, w/ roughly a 1400' elevation gain, so be sure to carb up for this one the night before - pasta works fine.  I highly recommend a high carb lunch on the hike as well.  You'll be amazed at how much more energy you'll have from carbing.  (This hike might be considered strenuous depending on your condition, but it's beautiful and well worth the effort.)

Plan on hiking and funning all day.  We should be done around 4:30-5:00.

Our 1st stop will be Alpine Lake, where we'll have our Vino/Snack break.

There will tons of photo opps, so bring those cameras!

This will be about an 8 mile loop w/ about a 1400' elevation gain, filled w/ forest, mountain vistas, overlooks, various views of Alpine Lake, Cataract Creek, and many cascades along Cataract Trail.  In other words, this one's going to be really pretty!

Our potluck lunch will be on a mountain meadow w/ killer views in several directions.

 Directions:

From Hwy 101 - Central San Rafael , out 4th Street (becomes Red Hill) merge Right on Sir Francis Drake, Left on Bank, Left on Broadway, Right on Bolinas (becomes Bolinas/Fairfax).  There is a small parking lot on the right side of the road, about 1/2 mile before the dam.  We'll start the hike from there.  Only a few cars will be able to park at the hairpin turn by Alpine Lake, so I'm strongly suggesting carpools.  Let's meet at the small lot at 10:45

This GPS is for the small lot 1/2 mile before the dam and trailhead.

GPS [masked],[masked]  The location we meet at is at the green marker.

What to bring:

~Vino!  (and cups)

~Food, food, food! (packed w/ carbs) this is a potluck!  - sandwiches (cut up), salads, pasta, dried fruit/nuts, chips & dip, use your imagination.

~Good Hiking Boots/shoes

~Layered clothing, hat, and sunscreen.

~Vino and Snacks for our pre-lunch vino break.  Energy bars are highly recommended.

~At least 1 liter of water (2 is better) ~ Fill w/ 1/2 water & 1/2 ice.

~Anything else you want to drink (juice, beer, iced tea, etc.)

~ $5 activity fee

Your sense of humour is an absolute must!

This hike is posted on other Meetup sites, so you'll have the chance to make new friends.

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  • Rez

    Awesome hike Chas. Thanks for all the good laughs. Lets do it again.

    April 19, 2014

  • Jennifer

    We did eventually make it to the start point, but missed you guys! I made the mistake of using Google maps and somehow ended up in Point Reyes Station!! I hate that we (me and Rocio) didn't get to meet anyone else on this trip. I now know to NEVER use Google Maps again outside the city!!

    April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can someone call me at[masked], I'm right here at Bolinas/ fairfax, can't find you guys

    April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't find the place. I'm at the Bo park

    April 19, 2014

  • Chas

    Can I catch a ride w/ anyone from the San Rafael area? Thx!

    April 18, 2014

    • Chas

      Ipls phone me

      April 19, 2014

    • Chas

      See email

      April 19, 2014

  • DK

    Have room for 3, from SF North Beach, -- or perhaps from Ocean Beach:
    If I manage to get up early I might stop by Ocean Beach around 8:30am to watch the creation of sand art http://sf.funcheap.com/watch-amazing-massive-sand-art-creation-ocean-beach

    1 · April 17, 2014

    • Aubrey

      I just saw your response. I didn't think I'd get a ride so I didn't bother preparing for the hike. Thank you though. Maybe next meet up I can make it!

      April 19, 2014

    • Ed W

      Walking south on Funston

      April 19, 2014

  • Nick

    Hi all! Are there any rides from the East Bay? (Gas $ and thanks always offered:)

    April 15, 2014

    • Trang y.

      Hi Rez, sorry abt that late reply. Somethings come up so we cant go anymore :( Thanks tho. Hope u guys have a great day. Sorry for any inconvenience :(

      April 19, 2014

    • Rez

      No worries. Next time.

      April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone we can contact on the spot? I don't want to get lost.

    April 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is the meeting point?

    April 18, 2014

  • Megan

    How about any carpools from the city, around the Mission? Would gladly pitch in for gas and bridge. Will not be awkward in the car, I promise. :)

    1 · April 15, 2014

    • Jordan G.

      I'm in the Mission and need a ride as well!

      April 17, 2014

    • Ed W

      I'll be going. Can folks meet me at the intersection of Funston and Clement in Inner Richmond at 9:30am PDT? It's a good place to stop and park, and I can get back on Park Presidio pretty quickly. Splitting gas is fine but not necessary. I will have room for 2 for sure.

      April 17, 2014

  • Ed W

    Should be coming from SF, if the ankle is not in bad shape. Will be leaving from about Park Presidio / Clement / California. Have room for 2, maybe 3. Should be leaving about 9:30am - 9:45am, since it's about 45min to get to Stinson Beach from the start point.

    April 16, 2014

    • Megan

      Hey Ed, I'd love to catch a ride with you. When will you know if your ankle gives you approval for the hike?

      April 16, 2014

    • Hector

      I would like to carpool with you too! Maybe I have another friend coming...

      April 16, 2014

  • Jennifer

    I am doing this hike on Saturday but registered with a different Meet Up group.... same co-organizer (Chaz) though, so maybe I will see you guys there?

    April 16, 2014

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