Distance: 13 miles
Elevation Gain: 4000 ft
Duration: 6 hours
Difficult and Strenuous
This is a challenging hike with lots of steps. First, we will meet at the Stinson Beach Fire Station. We will start at Matt Davis Trail to Ridge Trail (Coastal Trail). Then head north west parallel to Ridgecrest Blvd until we reach the Bolinas Fairfax junction. We will proceed 2 miles down the Bolinas Fairfax Road until we hit the Cataract Trail, where we will take a break at Alpine Lake. Then we will continue our return down the Cataract Trail to Rock Spring; cut across on Old Mine Trail to the Pantoll Ranger station (restroom stop). Continue on Steep Ravine to Dipsea TRail and back to the Stinson Beach Fire STation. This is a long hike, so please give yourselves enough time to finish the hike. Estimated hike time about 7 hours. If we leave by 10:30A, we should be finished by around 5:30P.
Make sure to bring plenty of water 2-3 Liters, layered clothing (lots of micro-climates), good shoes (some areas are slippery), enough food, sun block, hiking poles, whatever you need to make your trip safe and fun. Highly recommend bringing enough snacks. Our hike will take a ways and time before our lunch destination.
Sorry Dogs are not permitted on the entire trip. They are only allowed on a small part of the Coastal Trail and along the Cataract trails. Those who would like to bring their furry friends can meet us at Alpine Lake for lunch. We should be there around 2P. You will have to walk them along the Cataract Trail and park your cars at Rock Springs.
If people are interested in hanging out after the hike for food and drink, let us know. Pelican Inn is a nice spot. Open to other suggestions.
Hwy 101 to Hwy 1/Stinson Beach Exit. Stay on 1 to Stinson Beach or take Panoramic Hwy to Stinson Beach (Ocean views on Hwy 1 & REdwoods on Panoramic). At Hwy 1, turn left at the sign "Stinson Beach Park." Meet at the STinson Fire STation. There is parking at the Stinson parking lot.
Those who are interested in carpooling and live on the westside of SF can contact me. I have 3 seats and first come first serve. Please be considerate and make sure you will be going before reserving seats, so others who are actually going can reserve a spot. Gareth will be driving from NOPA, for those who live in his area.