Directions to Hike Meeting Location: Muir Woods; Take Stinson Beach/Hwy.#1 Exit of the #101 Freeway in Southern Marin County. Take Hwy.#1 about six mies to Panoramic Hwy., make a hairpin right, continue about 1.5 miles to an intersection with Muir Woods Rd., make a left. Drive down to Muir Woods, bypass the parking lot at the last hairpin turn on the way down at the bottom. The next parking lot (Annex Lot) on the right, parallel/next to, to Muir Woods Rd., is the meeting location. (note: The walk-in entrance to Muir Woods is not the meeting location. )
Parking here is free and some hikers will have Golden Eagle free admission passes for Miur Woods Nat'l Monument to cover everyone.
Hike Leader Celeste Burrows is a renown Bay Area hike leader and winner of the Friends of Mt.Tam, Hike Leader of the Year Award for 2012. Celeste works at Chabot Space & Science Center and is a naturalist as well. (Ask her for a recipe.)
The hike is classified as a MODERATE SUNDAY Mt.Tam State Park Hike, 7 to 9-1/2 miles, over hilly, rocky terrain, up to a 2,200' elevation gain and may be a little quicker paced than normal Saturday hikes.
Celeste's theme today is the history of Mt.Tams south side trails which have been hiked from the Europeans' early days in Calif. The initial challenge for San Franciscans was to hike to the top of Mt.Tam. They did so in the most straight line ways and left greatly eroded trails to this day. Temelpa & Hoo Koo E Koo are among these early climb to the top trails. (The record time for climbing to the top from Mill Valley is twenty minutes.)
With Spring here and these south facing trails, wildflowers will be in abundance. Ask Celeste to show you where next to the Trail the wrecked World War II, bomber/cargo plane, crashed in 1944, after taking off from Alemeda. Eleven airmen lost there lives as the plane failed to climb above the Mtn. in the fog.
Bring plenty of water, a lunch, sunscreen, a full coverage hat, wear hiking boots and you'll be all set.