Top o' Tam III -- The Patriotically Scalable Version

Did you light the roman candle at both ends on the Fourth of July? Scream yourself hoarse watching the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday? Feel the need to exorcise (while exercising) some of those demons before heading back to the rat race on Monday (or, in the case of Kelly of Tallac Seven fame, the rat genocide)? 

The Circle has your back, slackers. At Bootjack.

Bootjack Picnic Area on Mount Tamalpais, that is, where we'll be gathering at high noon for what what has proven to be one of our most popular, and mellowest, hikes: the easy-graded, conversation-friendly fire roads that cover the top half of Mt. Tam.

For those feeling a bit more ambitious, feel free to join me (Brian) at Stinson Beach at 10 a.m., where we'll begin our trek to cover Mt. Tam holistically, from sea to summit (2,451 feet of vertical en route to the 2,571-foot peak). We'll meet the main group at Bootjack, and transverse the final 1,100 feet of vertical together. Everyone will be ending the hike at Bootjack, meaning those who join me in the summit climb will only be descending halfway down -- from there we'll carpool in any open seats back down to Stinson Beach ... and the beer.

Those who summit from Stinson Beach will be given credit for a Semi-Circle hike.  

If you find yourself on our Waiting List, read this to pass the time

THE STATS   

LENGTH: 6.8 miles (round trip)/10.0 miles if you start at Stinson Beach

VERTICAL GAIN: 1,100 feet -- among our easiest hikes/2,451 feet if you start at Stinson Beach. 

TYPE OF HIKE: Out-and-back, entirely on fire roads, until the final surge to the summit/mostly single-track from Stinson to Bootjack

PLANNED STOPS: 10 minutes at the Mountain Home Inn, two miles into the hike; and 20 minutes at the East Peak for lunch (backpack-style)/those beginning the ascent at Stinson should get a half-hour break at Bootjack before the main hike starts. 

TIME ESTIMATE (WITH STOPS): 3.5 hours/5.5 hours for those starting from Stinson 

BATHROOMS: At Bootjack and at summit.

THE DRIVE

-- From the Highway 1/Stinson Beach exit of 101, take Highway 1 through the town of Tam Junction, turning LEFT at the Oriental Rug House to remain on Highway 1.

-- From the Oriental Rug House, drive 2.6 miles on Highway 1 to the intersection of Panoramic Highway.

-- Turn RIGHT onto Panoramic Highway and drive 0.8 miles to the pitchforked intersection of Panoramic, Sequoia Valley Road and Muir Woods Road. To remain on Panoramic Highway, take the middle fork, or soft left (the only road headed uphill). 

-- From that intersection, drive 4.2 miles farther on Panoramic Highway to the Bootjack Picnic Area. It's $8 to park at Bootjack; if there are no spaces or you're averse to contributing to the state park system, you can park for free on Panoramic Highway, as long as you can create a couple feet of space between your car and the road. 

Or, you know, just use our pinpoint map.

We'll meet in the picnic area.

For those joining Brian on the hike from Stinson Beach, simply proceed 4 more miles down Panoramic Highway, where it ends at Stinson Beach. Park by the firehouse.

THE HIKE 

Bootjack is essentially halfway up Mt. Tam. We're going to hike her from the waist up. Our eastern trek to her summit is composed primary of two very well-graded fire roads -- Old Stage Road and Old Railroad Grade -- trails that are ideal for walking abreast and conversing with fellow Trustees. With just a 1,100 foot elevation gain in 3.4 miles, it's an easy ascent.

Two miles into the hike, we'll come upon the 109-year-old West Point Inn, which was once a stopover for the "Crookedest Railroad in the World" -- the Mill Valley and Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railway, which navigated 281 serpentine curves as it twisted up the mountain from from 1896-1930. Nowadays, West Point Inn and its cabins are a cozy lodging spot, and the inn's wrap-around porch serves as a gathering place for passing hikers and mountain bikers. Tradition dictates that we throw a buck or two into the donation bin and try the lemonade. Spike it at your own discretion.

As we switch trails to the summit behind the inn (a point at which untold thousands of hikers lose their way every year), we'll follow the ridge upward to spectacular panoramas of the ocean and the bay. As we jump onto Fern Creek Trail, Mt. Tam's otherwise hidden alpine lakes come into view.

Mt. Tam has three summits with the highly creative names of West Peak, Middle Peak and East Peak. We're tackling the highest of the trio, the rocky East Peak. The climb finishes off in a series of steps and twists to a (closed) teahouse-shaped lookout, ringed with barbed wire, on the summit. The East Peak parking area (yeah, it's accessible by car -- bleck) is ringed by the very cool, 360-degree Verna Dunsbee Trail. 

THE BEER

There's nothing like basking in the shadow of Mount Tamalpais after you've mounted her, and there's nowhere that frames the grandeur of Tam better than the Parkside Cafe, where the beer and grub hits the mark. 

So here's to us, immigrants all, who have made this nation -- and the Circle of Trust & Beer -- the great international melting pot that it is.

Whether you toast your beer with "Sláinte!" "Na zdravje!" "Pura Vida!" "Cheers!" "Salute!" "Salud!" "Santé!," "Prost!" "Kanpai!" "Şerefe!" "будьмо!" "Sanatate!" "L'Chaim! " "Mabuhay!" or Å’kålè ma’luna! -- let's all raise a pint in honor of those before us who came before us and gave us the opportunity to gather as a community in this, the greatest place on Earth.

Happy 238th, USA!

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  • Belle s.

    Someone left a nice camo hat in my car! Really enjoyed meeting everyone yesterday .

    July 7

    • Johnno

      That's "Hot Carl's!"

      July 7

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice hike and nice people.

    1 · July 7

  • Emily

    Great people, good hike. Looking forward to the next!

    1 · July 7

  • Jocelyn Behrens B.

    I had a great time! Awesome views, great people. Nice spot for beer and dinner. Ask Billy Bob T about it? Just perfect :)

    1 · July 6

    • Belle s.

      Is billy bob t billy bob Thornton? I love him, I think he's very under appreciated . Sling Blade was amazing

      July 7

  • Belle s.

    Beautiful hike! Yes it was hot today and I didn't go all the way but it was still fun!

    July 6

  • Brian H.

    Those who plan to join me at the 10 a.m. launch from Stinson Beach, PLEASE REPLY TO THIS THREAD.

    June 30

    • John T.

      Confirming my start at 10. ;)

      July 5

    • Alicean

      Sorry gotta bail on the early start. See you people higher up

      July 6

  • David

    Car pool from the east bay? I'm leaving from Hayward but I'm happy to swing through Alameda or Oaktown. I wanted to make the 10am but did not get up in time.
    [masked]

    July 6

  • Sissy

    Driving from East Bay I have 2 more spots in the car if anyone is willing to come with me. I am starting the hike from noon.

    July 2

    • Sissy

      Cell[masked]

      July 5

    • Emily

      Got it. See you then. Thank you !

      July 6

  • Cyndi

    can i catch a ride with someone for the noon start?? i'm right on the way, past the rug house, actually by the 7-11 on shoreline/ hwy 1. anybody have room for 1 more??

    July 2

    • Belle s.

      Cyndi I will be coming from redwood city. Feel free to call me[masked]

      July 6

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just saw that I got off the wait list at the 11th hour. Does anyone have room in their car for 1 more for the noon hike? I'm in Oakland. I'll pitch in for gas and all that. Thanks!!

    July 5

    • A former member
      A former member

      Im in oakland, but somehow im still stuck in the waitlist ...

      July 5

  • diane

    Thanks Benevolent Brian! CHEERS!!!

    July 5

  • Teresa

    Hi Brian. Will only some of the hikes be filmed? And will you post which those are if some want to opt out of those, but not have to leave a group that has great hikes?

    2 · July 1

    • Teresa

      Thanks Brian for the great (and very thorough) answer. I'll try not to have a bad hair day for filmed hikes ;-)

      July 2

    • Alicean

      I'm up for the filmed hikes but we should have more detailed knowledge of what exactly you want to portray and how organic things should be. I do understand your goal and this group has great chemistry and spontaneity for bringing out a three demensional portrayal of our experiences. Personally I would love to see some snippets from the post hike libation hydration.

      July 5

  • Erika

    Sorry, just saw I made it on the list, but made plans in South Bay for the weekend already :( Have a great hike everyone.

    July 4

  • Johnno

    Planning on being lazy and hiking from the noon point this day. Anyone from the peninsula or South Bay with me?

    July 2

    • Owen E

      Hey Johnno, I'd like to do the hike from the noon starting point as well. Could I get a ride with you? I could meet you on the Peninsula near any Caltrain station.

      July 2

    • Johnno

      Sounds good![masked]

      July 2

  • Amardeep D.

    I'm in for the 10 a.m. launch!

    July 2

  • Eric C.

    Ok, my wife Shelley and I are in..Skoal!

    July 1

    • Brian H.

      Welcome, Eric. There are absolutely no +1s (guest hikers) in The Circle -- EVERY hiker (including spouses) must be registered and in the list of confirmed 33 hikers. If your wife registers now, she'll be right behind you on the Wait List. Best of luck!

      July 1

  • Lauren R.

    I obviously need to start clearing my weekends for some hiking!

    June 30

  • Monique

    YAY!! Finally a hike I can make. :)

    2 · June 30

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  • Brian H.
    70-HIKE VETERAN/19 Semi-Circles (2015: 8 Hikes/3 Semis), Organizer
    Event Host
  • Harshal
    19-HIKE VETERAN/4 Semi-Circles (2015: 1 hike/0 Semis)
  • Jen
    22-HIKE VETERAN/4 Semi-Circles (2015: 0 Hikes/0 Semis)
  • Randy P.
    36-HIKE VETERAN/11 Semi-Circles (2015: 4 Hikes/2 Semis)
  • Lisa
    ONE-HIKE WONDER
  • Jocelyn Behrens B.
    FOUR-RUNNER
  • Kurt W
    22-HIKE VETERAN/5 Semi-Circles (2015: 2 Hikes/1 Semi)
  • April J.
    ONE-HIKE WONDER
  • John T.
    16-HIKE VETERAN/4 Semi-Circles (2015: 4 Hikes/1 Semi)
  • Alicean
    THREE-PEATER
  • Carl
    MASTER OF SIX/1 SEMI-CIRCLE (2015: 1 Hike/0 Semis)
  • Gaurav
    TWO-TIMER (1 Semi-Circle)
  • Piper
    22-HIKE VETERAN (6 Semi-Circles)
  • Amardeep D.
    FOUR-RUNNER/1 SEMI-CIRCLE (2015: 1 Hike/0 Semis)
  • Sissy
    MASTER OF SIX/1 SEMI-CIRCLE (2015: 2 Hikes/1 Semi)
  • David
    THREE-PEATER (1 SEMI-CIRCLE)
  • diane
    26-HIKE VETERAN/6 Semi-Circles (2015: 4 Hikes/1 Semi)
  • Linda
    21-HIKE VETERAN/5 Semi-Circles (2015: 2 Hikes/0 Semis)
  • Mike W.
    FOUR-RUNNER (2 Semi-Circles)
  • Jake
    THREE-PEATER
  • Owen E
    12-HIKE VETERAN/3 Semi-Circles (2015: 2 Hikes/1 Semi)
  • Johnno
    20-HIKE VETERAN/5 Semi-Circles (2015: 2 Hikes/1 Semi)
  • Kristen
    THREE-PEATER
  • Cyndi
    THREE-PEATER
  • Damien
    15-HIKE VETERAN/9 Semi-Circles (2015: 3 Hikes/3 Semis)
  • Cyn
    17-HIKE VETERAN/4 Semi-Circles (2015: 1 Hike/1 Semi)
  • Emily
    GRRR-EIGHT!/2 SEMI-CIRCLES (2015: 1 Hike/1 Semi)
  • James
    29-HIKE VETERAN (10 Semi-Circles)
  • Ben
    37-HIKE VETERAN /12 Semi-Circles (2015: 8 Hikes/3 Semis)
  • Belle s.
    TWO-TIMER
  • Jose Luis N.
    TWO-TIMER
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