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 hike. Click 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.