It seems like it's going to rain, so hree is a little more information about the 2 places we may be visiting.
- The Bay model Visitor Center
The Bay Model was used from the 1950's to 2000 as a research center to study the movement of water around the bay, and calculate the effects humans had on it. Now, that work is done by computers and the Bay Model has been opened to the public as an education center.
- The Marine Mammal Center
Both are free but there is an interesting guided tour at the Marine Mammal center for $7 and donations are encouraged.
We need minimum 5 RVSP to schedule this hike!
This a moderate- strenuous 5.5 miles hike with 1,000 feet climbing. I plan about 3h30 with stops to take pictures. We'll stop for lunch, bring something to share.
Bring layered and warm clothes as it can be cold and windy. Bring good hiking shoes, water and snacks.
Rain will cancel this hike.
"The Coastal Trail leads from Rodeo Beach to the top of mighty Hill 88 in the Marin Headlands, providing what many consider to be the finest views in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area -- a park rife with memorable views.
All the way up and down, the path offers an abundance of high coastal viewpoints. For background music you'll have the clanging bell of an offshore fog signal. Along the way you'll pass dismantled World War II-era military buildings erected to protect the coast against a possible aerial attack.
The prospect from Hill 88’s summit is a jaw-dropper: Before you lies an enormous expanse of ocean and bay, along with Mount Diablo to the east, Montara Mountain to the south, Mount Tamalpais to the northwest, Tennessee Valley to the west, and a multitude of San Francisco landmarks -- Twin Peaks, Ocean Beach, the tall buildings of downtown, and so on.
After you’ve seen enough, retrace your steps to the junction with Wolf Ridge Trail. Heading steeply downhill, you’ll gain views of Mount Tamalpais, Tennessee Valley, and pristine Gerbode Valley. As you admire its green expanse, consider that in the 1960s, developers planned to build a community of several thousand homes here. Although the gateposts had already been set, dedicated conservationists fought the development and won -- hooray for that!
Reminder: Hiking as any other sport can lead to injuries. Each one of us is responsible for its own safety.