Mt.Tam Sunset Hike - Followed by Astronomy Night Presentation @ Mtn.Theater

It's spring-time on Mt.Tam; warm breezes and wildflowers. 

Sunset is at 7:36pm tonight. We'll do a two hour, four mile hike, to a point overlooking the ocean. There we'll watch the Sun, setting in the west. (Bring dark sunglasses for viewing.) 

We'll be hiking just under 5 miles. So bring full hiking gear. Warm layers are a very good idea. (See Standard Generic Details under the Discussion Tab.)

Bring a blanket and some thing  to eat and to drink while we watch the sunset.

Also if you have a Droid smartphone, download the Google, "Sky Map", app, for easy identification of the celestial bodies above. It works by just pointing the phone at whatever is to be identified.

                           (Above, "Seating", at Mtn.Theater)

At 8:00 pm, (It will be dark by then.) begins the first Astronomy Night of the year. (Held monthly April to October, at Mtn.Theater.) Topic tonight is, "The Origin of Stars"

(Use that blanket or two you brought to sit on at Mtn.Theater.)

Following the about thirty minute talk; there will be telescopes set up in the Parking Lot. Everyone is welcome to star-gaze with the help of the very knowledgeable amateur astronomers from various astronomy clubs, from far and near.

A very small flashlight is a good idea. (No headlamps please, no dogs, no children.)

The hike will start from the Rock Spring Trailhead Parking Lot. No parking fee here. Plenty of spaces. But be sure to park on the far right side of the lot. Left side is reserved for setting up the telescopes.

Bring full hiking gear.(See under, Group's Discussion tab, "The Generic-What to Bring Hiking details.

The hike departs at 5:00pm sharp. Please don't be late, you'll miss the hike, so plan ahead if you have not been to the Rock Spring Trailhead before. It takes at least 40 minutes to get to this trailhead from Hwy 101.

(Rain cancels.)

Watching the Sunset or something!

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  • Lela

    Thank you, Jordan. Good hike, fun program!

    April 6

  • Amy

    I was so excited to go to this tonight - but, alas, it was last night :-( Sorry to have missed it.

    April 6

  • Denise

    Beautiful hike.

    April 6

  • susette

    A wonderful way to end the day - hiking on Mt. Tam, seeing the sights from gorgeous trails, an Astronomy program @ Mtn Theater and watching the ISS fly by!!! Fun evening!! :)

    April 6

  • deb

    So sorry had car trouble and will not be a ble to make it

    April 5

  • Glenda S.

    I so wanted to go to this... but have to work...*sigh*

    April 3

  • Denise

    Is anyone coming from the East Bay? I would like to share a ride.

    April 3

  • Dan

    Am dropping out of this event. Have had to do too much driving this week to take on the round trip on Sat. Enjoy!

    April 2, 2014

  • Edward Kelly S.

    Would love this combination of earth and stars and people, everything you want.

    April 2, 2014

  • Jordan H.


    About future Sunset hikes if you miss this one.

    I previously investigated the warm weather month, moonrise timing and these dates workout the best. In my experience hikers want to leave the Mountain at the latest, a little after 8:00pm.

    Sunsets over the Ocean are always beautiful. But there's something special added when there is a full moon out there too.

    Best evening full moons coming up on:

    April 12, Friday*
    May 13, Monday
    June 11 or 12, Wed.* or Thur.
    July 12, Sat.* Super Full Moon but 8:41pm rise, little late.*
    Aug 10, Sat*
    Sept 08 Mon Super Full
    Oct.08, Wed*

    As far as connecting again with Astronomy Night on Mt.Tam; I don't think there will be an Astro Nite the same evening as a Full Moon. Messes up the telescope viewing of other Celestial bodies. Too much light.

    The ones with asterisks I'm planning on, as they say, "God willing".


    March 18, 2014

    • Yvonne

      so sorry to miss this one, and May too. I am planning on June or July. Sounds terrific!

      March 30, 2014

  • Teresa

    Would love to join you for this fabulous evening! :-0)
    I had already planned to leave town, on 4/4; so if
    my plans change, I'll try to join the fun! Best 'til later!

    March 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    SO bummed I will miss this. Will be away. Hope there will be more!

    March 17, 2014

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