April 27, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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Hello there Social Butterflies:
We need to repeat the hike and potluck again this month.. We had a great time.. Therefore, if you have sometime please join us again in my humble home. If any of you are available to hike, come earlier at 1pm so we can hike at Bon Tempe. There's so many beautiful trails here in Marin. We need to explore them as a group. Potluck begins after the hike...We will meet in my home for the hike and potluck. As we get closer to the event I will let you know my address..
Hope you can make it .. Jocee can't have more than 20 people in my humble abode ... mean humble...and you are one of the special few...
Met some wonderful new friends and lets continue to nurture friendships by contunuing to moderate and add more events to our meet ups.
About Bon Tempe:
5 mile loop through chaparral and deep woods, on the northern flank of Mount Tamalpais.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 5 mile loop hike is moderate, with about 700 feet in elevation change. Trailhead elevation is around 690 feet. The featured hike's high point is around 1253 feet. The elevation change may seem minimal, but the featured hike is not easy. There are steep sections along Rocky Ridge and Kent Trails, and some short scrambles over fallen trees and rocks along Alpine Lake. Rocky Ridge is indeed well-named and the trail can leave your feet sore so wear sturdy boots. High temperatures exacerbate hiking difficulty here. There are easier and harder hikes originating from Bon Tempe. A map with topography, such as the Olmsted Brothers, A Rambler's Guide to the Trails of Mount Tamalpais and the Marin Headlands, is a good source for hike planning.
A mixture of full sun and deep shade.
Dirt trails and fire roads.
Nice year round.
$7 entrance fee (self-register is entrance kiosk is unattended). Gravel parking lot. Maps available (for a fee) at the kiosk when it is staffed. No drinking water. There's one portable toilet near the trail entrance, and a second at the end of the dam. No designated handicapped parking. People in wheelchairs may be able to squeeze through the stile at the trail entrance, but trails are not wheelchair-friendly. There's a pay phone at the Lake Lagunitas Trailhead, at the end of Sky Oaks Road. There is no direct public transportation to this trailhead.
There's a $7 per car fee to get in so we need to carpool from my home..Please wear layered clothing, your hiking shoes, a hat, water bottle and of course your potluck donation...
Please make sure you bring some cash for the car fee..
Bon Tempe trail head