Mt.Tam's Most Beautiful Early Spring Wildflowers

The Steep Ravine Trail follows the redwood lined banks of Webb Creek down, 1.7 miles. 

Enjoy luxuriant redwood forests, rushing streams, ocean views, and beach access on this diverting trek through Mt Tamalpais State Park: 

The Steep Ravine Trail drops quickly on winding switchbacks to the creek and cluster of redwoods (.4 miles : 1,212'). It crosses Webb Creek - the first of many times - and follows it closely to a sturdy but oft-wet 10' ladder that must be scaled to resume travel (.85 miles : 1,049'). Once down the grade steepens on a rugged, slippery descent through rows of majestic redwoods. 

Webb Creek is fed by many tributaries, which add to its velocity and turbulence as you progress. Consecutive bridge crossings between 1.15 and 1.6 miles are good places to study the creek, its verdant banks, and diverse canopy. 

The Steep Ravine Environmental Campground is located at the bottom, west of Highway 1, a complex of 9 rustic cabins and 7 campsites on a coastal bluff that overlooks Red Rock Beach. The Rocky Point Road explores this diversely vegetated headland with beach access and terrific ocean views throughout,
 with remarkable panoramas that stretch from San Francisco Bay to Palomarin. Look for rabbit, quail, deer, fox and coyote in the chaparral, and seals, whales and sharks in the ocean.

Mt.Tam's most beautiful, early spring wildflowers, will line the scenic trails of today's nine mile hikeClick for hike route map->





 At lunch we'll brown bag, overlooking the Pacific; atop the headlands, in the Steep Ravine Cabin area of MTSP.

Expect clear skies, spectacular views, wildflowers in bloom, aerobics, as we do some steep uphills and lots of good company.

Distance for today's moderately paced hike will be about 9 miles. There are some very steep, uphill trails and steps. 

Veteran hiker Jordan Herrmann will be leading the hike. 

Please remember there is an $8.00 parking fee at Bootjack Parking lot/trailhead. (If you arrive earlier you may be able to find parking in nearby pull-outs, especially just past Bootjack on the left.)

Rain gear will allow rain to not cancel, 

Please see the, "Standard Generic Details conversation", under the, "Discussion" tab on the menu above. What to bring and  all the general hiking details, etc.,  are listed here.

Here you will also find useful links to the Mt.Tam trailhead location maps and written  driving directions. As well as links to Mt.Tam Wildflower Brochures for downloading or viewing.

Allow a little time after the hike for a stopover at the Calif.Alpine Club's, Alpine Lodge, open house. (730 Panoramic H/W). Stop here on your way home for coffee, cookies and a sip of wine. While there, take in a tour of  this 100 year old lodge, owned by the Calif.Alpine Club, since 1925.

Notes about this Sunday’s Hike (2/23/2014). With sunny weather forecast and the long list of RSVPs, you are advised to arrive early. Because if you arrive late or at the last minute, the parking lot at Bootjack will be full.

Leave at least a half hour to drive from the freeway to the Bootjack Trailhead.

If you come at the last minute or are late; you can try to catch us. We will make a stop behind the Pantoll Docent Kiosk, as we walk to the Steep Ravine Trailhead.  

Remember that parking at Bootjack is $8.00. Parking tickets are definitely issued, ($70.00). [There are three plans provided for free parking; become a Mt.Tam State Park Volunteer (like me), or join the Calif.State Parks Foundation. For seniors, see a State Park Ranger or Docent for senior pass details.]

With a large group it is impossible to provide everybody with on the spot information of what we are seeing. We will be looking for some of the following early blooming wildflowers and others:

Trillium, Giant Trillium, Fetid Adder’s Tongue, Hound’s Tongue, Milkmaids, Ceanothus, Wild Iris, Foot Steps of Spring. Redwood Sorrel.

If your interest lies in becoming familiar with the wildflowers and identifying them? By Goggling the names above, photos and descriptions can be seen ahead of time.

By habitats we will in Coastal Forests, Grasslands, Brush&Headlands.



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  • Jordan H.

    Hi, For your future planning purposes: There are always Saturday & ,Sunday hikes available, every weekend day, on Mt.Tam, year-around. Over one hundred weekend hikes per year, plus New Years day. (No RSVP needed for these or any hike or event below.). Soon Wed.evenings starting in April until Sept.
    And once a month Moonlight Hikes and Astronomy Nights, starting soon.
    The weekend hikes all start at 10:00am from trailheads within or next to Mt.Tam State Park.
    The links below (copy paste if necessary) provide all the scheduling info and trailhead directions for the above. http://friendsofmttam.org/hiking/saturday-hikes.html
    http://friendsofmttam.org/hiking/sunday-hikes.html
    http://friendsofmttam.org/hiking/wednesday-hikes.html
    http://friendsofmttam.org/park/maps-and-directions
    http://friendsofmttam.org/hiking/hike-meetings-direction.html
    http://friendsofmttam.org/astronomy/schedule.html
    http://friendsofmttam.org/hiking/saturday-evening-moonlight-hikes.html Jordan Herrmann

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    AcL issues flaired up from bike ride today gunna have to let our two spots go,so sad! Have a beautiful hike!

    February 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I have to bow out as well. Pulled my sartorias muscle and it's not healing very well. Was really looking forward to this hike:(

    February 22, 2014

  • Freddie M.

    Bowing out as I haven't hiked in a while and this sounds like it might be hard on my knees. Your original plan would have been better for me. :-(

    February 18, 2014

    • Jordan H.

      Hi, The Sunday hikes are longer and steeper. I think you will find a Saturday hike as those listed here would be just right. friendsofmttam.org

      1 · February 18, 2014

    • Jo D.

      Ditto that

      February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sure I'll do the sweep Jordan. Just hope I can keep up with the last person!

    February 19, 2014

  • Jordan H.

    If you are on the Waitlist or add a Waitlist RSVP, I'm certain some spots will open up. It will be a very nice hike.

    February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to attend. I'm new to the group and wonder if I might bring a friend.

    February 3, 2014

    • Jordan H.

      RSVP to the Waiting List, I'm certain two spots will open up. It will be a very nice hike.

      February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This newer version surely will have me hanging with the sweep!

    February 18, 2014

    • Jordan H.

      Would you mind being the sweep, I'll show you how to use a walkie-talkie. It would be a big help to me. And you can earn volunteer hours towards a State Park parking pass.

      February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jordan how severe are the downhills??? Is this moderate, strenuous or VERY strenuous hike??

    February 18, 2014

    • Jordan H.

      I suggest you Google, Steep Ravine Trail that is the downhill trail we'll take, I don't know how to judge how severe the downhills will be for you? The elevation change is 1000' in 2 miles.To me personally and those who have hiked with me a lot, this is definitely a moderate hike. This trail is considered by the experts one of the most beautiful, iconic trails in Calif. My advice although I don't know anything about your physical condition would be to use hiking poles, especially on the downhill section. Of course hike at your own pace, there's no hurry, we always wait for slow hikers. I have extra poles if you want use one or two.

      February 18, 2014

  • Janelle

    Hi, I am looking for a car pool from San Francisco. Let me know if you would like to share the ride!

    February 7, 2014

    • Jordan H.

      Hi Janelle and Ling. You may be able to work out a carpool. There is a bus from SF to Manzanita Parking lot early Sunday mornings. It will be a very nice hike.

      February 16, 2014

  • Barbara

    This will be my first with your group. I'm excited. I grew up on the mountain.

    February 16, 2014

  • ling

    Hi,
    Can I car pool with someone from Manzanita parking lot? It's right at the exit of stinsn beach, on the way to mt tam. I'll pay for the parking fee at boot jack. thanks. ling

    February 3, 2014

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