Tennessee Valley to Muir Beach Hike

Hello All,

The Tennessee Valley and surrounding area is known for its lovely views of the Pacific and gorgeous coastal scenery. We will explore Tennessee Valley and the famous Green Gulch area as well as Muir Beach and Tennessee Cove.

With a hike length of 10 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain, our hike will be at the upper end of our usual intermediate level. Please consider your physical condition and make sure you are able to handle an intermediate-level hike of this length and altitude gain. *More details are listed below.*

SUMMARY OF KEY TIMES and LOCATIONS (details below):

8:00 AM at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, 101 S. California Ave., Palo Alto: PALO ALTO CARPOOL POINT.

8:35 AM: Redwood Shores Public Library Parking Lot, Redwood City: NORTH PENINSULA CARPOOL POINT.

9:15 AM: Southwest corner of Anza St.& Funston Ave, San Francisco: SAN FRANCISCO CARPOOL POINT

10:15 AM: Tennessee Valley Trailhead, end of Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. *STARTING POINT OF HIKE *

5:00 PM: Back at starting point. ESTIMATED FINISH TIME

PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CARPOOL IN FULL CARS to minimize the impact of our large group on the parking lot at our destination. The parking lot at our destination has limited capacity so carpooling in full or nearly full cars is especially important for this hike. Going to the designated carpool points in Palo Alto, North Peninsula, or San Francisco is an easy and quick way to get into a carpool. No prearrangement of carpools needed. BEFORE SEEKING CARPOOLS FROM OTHER LOCATIONS, PLEASE SEE DETAILED COMMENTS ABOUT CARPOOLING BELOW.

RAIN CANCELS.... If the weather forecast looks uncertain for the time of the hike, I will send out an e-mail and leave an outgoing message on my cell phone (# listed below) with the latest hike status information posted by 9 PM on the night before the hike.

* FURTHER DETAILS POSTED BELOW*

I hope you can join us....

Your Organizer,

Julio M.

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Tennessee Valley to Muir Beach Hike, August 9, 2014 – Sat.

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DESTINATION: Tennessee Valley to Muir Beach Loop (Marin County)

DATE: August 9, 2014 (Saturday)

TOTAL LENGTH OF HIKE: 10 miles

TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 2000 feet

Further information about Tennessee Valley at URL: www.nps.gov/goga/marin-headlands.htm

DRIVING DISTANCE/ TIME FROM PALO ALTO: 50 miles / 1.25 hours approx. each way

COST:  Mileage + Golden Gate Bridge Toll ($40 from Palo Alto + $7 per adult to be split by carpoolers in car) [Mileage amounts from other carpool points: $28 from Redwood Shores Library, $8 from SF].  NOTE: The hike organizer will ask for a voluntary donation (suggested amount 5 dollars) at the end of the hike to help keep the Meetup group going.

ORGANIZER: Julio M. (contact info at end of description)

RAIN CANCELS.... If the weather forecast looks uncertain for the time of the hike, I will send out an e-mail and leave an outgoing message on my cell phone (# listed below) with the latest hike status information posted by 9 PM on the night before the hike.

RSVP REQUESTED

CARPOOLING:

1. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CARPOOL IN FULL CARS to minimize the impact of our large group on the parking lot at our destination. Since the parking at the Tennessee Valley trailhead is limited, carpooling in full or nearly full cars is especially important for this hike

2. As usual, CARPOOLS DEPARTING FROM THE DESIGNATED CARPOOL POINTS ARE NOT GENERALLY PREARRANGED and are formed at the carpool location on the morning of the hike. So you can just show up and take it from there! This has worked fine every time. See the official carpool point meeting location(s) and time(s) below.

3. If you prefer to pre-arrange a carpool from areas not near the designated carpool point(s), PLEASE *KEEP POSTINGS TO THE WHOLE MEETUP GROUP TO A MINIMUM*. Such postings lead to too much e-mail traffic on the list, and we have had lots of complaints. INSTEAD, PLEASE POST ONCE TO INDICATE IF YOU NEED A RIDE, CAN OFFER A RIDE, OR BOTH AND FROM WHAT CITY (FOR EXAMPLE: “CAN RIDE OR DRIVE, MENLO PARK”). Then contact drivers or riders directly through the person’s profile or otherwise. Thanks!

MEETING TIMES and LOCATIONS:

8:00 AM at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, 101 S. California Ave., Palo Alto (meet at Calif. Ave. entrance to parking lot): PALO ALTO CARPOOL POINT.

                      Google Map of location: http://g.co/maps/wq6yv

                      NOTE: Organizer will be at this carpool point

8:35 AM: Redwood Shores Branch of Redwood City Public Library [399 Marine Pkwy, Redwood City, CA 94065]. This site will serve as our NORTH PENINSULA CARPOOL POINT. Carpools with excess capacity leaving Palo Alto will stop at this carpool point on the way to SF. The hike organizer will make sure the carpool he is in briefly stops at this location to help organize the carpools.

     MEET at corner of parking lot near intersection of Marine Parkway & Bridge Parkway.

     Google Map of meeting point location: http://goo.gl/maps/OgXMu

9:15 AM: Southwest corner of Anza St.& Funston Ave.  (SAN FRANCISCO CARPOOL POINT).  Carpools with excess capacity leaving Palo Alto and Redwood Shores carpool point will stop at this carpool point on the way to San Francisco. The hike organizer will make sure the carpool he is in briefly stops at this location to help organize the carpools.

         Google Map of location: http://g.co/maps/yn8ju

10:15 AM at Tennessee Valley trailhead at end of Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley, CA (HIKE STARTING POINT). MEET in front of the bathrooms at the picnic tables.

       Google Map of location: http://goo.gl/maps/35cbm

ESTIMATED FINISH TIME:   5:00 PM (back at trailhead)

BRING: sunscreen, coat, plenty of water, lunch, hiking boots or rugged walking shoes, all the usual stuff. NOTE: This hike is quite exposed to the sun so make sure you wear a hat and/or plenty of sunscreen.


ROUTE DESCRIPTION:

The Tennessee Valley and surrounding area is known for its lovely views of the Pacific and gorgeous coastal scenery. We will explore Tennessee Valley and the famous Green Gulch area as well as Muir Beach and Tennessee Cove.

We will begin our hike at the Tennessee Valley trailhead at the end of Tennessee Valley Road. Our hike will begin on the Miwok Trail which will take us to some lovely panoramic views of the Marin Headlands. Next we will follow the ridge line on Coyote Ridge Trail with more vistas.

Our adventure will then take us onto the Green Gulch Trail which will take us down to the famous Green Gulch, which is known for its pioneering organic farming and provision of produce to well known restaurants such as Greens in San Francisco. We will follow this trail to the lovely Muir Beach where we will enjoy the surf and beach during a break.

Our hike will then take us along the Coastal Trail which has dramatic views of the ocean and the cliffs arising abruptly from the sea. Next we will take the Tennessee Valley Trail to Tennessee Cove where we will have the chance to admire a lovely cove and another fine beach. The Tennessee Valley Trail will then take us through the picturesque valley and back to our starting point.

DIRECTIONS from Palo Alto to Tennessee Valley Trailhead

           Google Map showing route: http://goo.gl/maps/9tMxU

1. Head southwest on S. California Ave toward Park Blvd (go 108 ft)

2. Take the 1st left onto Park Blvd (go 0.3 mi)

3. Turn right onto Page Mill Rd (go 404 ft)

4. Continue onto Oregon Expy (go 1.7 mi.)

5. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for San Francisco and merge onto US-101 N (go 10.2 mi. if stopping at carpool point)

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NORTH PENINSULA CARPOOL POINT

- Take the Ralston Ave/Marine Pkwy exit (go 0.3 mi)

- Turn right onto Marine Pkwy (go 0.7 mi)

- Turn left onto Bridge Pkwy

- Redwood Shores branch of Redwood City Library will be on your left

MEET at corner of parking lot near intersection of Marine Parkway & Bridge Parkway.

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6. Continue on US-101 N (go 10.7 mi)

7. Take the Interstate 380 W exit toward San Bruno/Interstate 280 (go 1.0 mi)

8. Merge onto I-380 W (go 0.9 mi)

9. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Interstate 280 N/San Francisco and merge onto I-280 N (go 6.0 mi)

10. Keep left to continue on CA-1 N, follow signs for California 1 N/19th Avenue/Golden Gate Bridge (go 5.8 mi)

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SAN FRANCISCO CARPOOL POINT:

- After leaving Golden Gate Park, go 3 blocks to Anza St. and turn right.

- Southwest corner of Anza St.& Funston Ave.

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11. Continue onto Veterans Blvd (go 1.1 mi)

12. Take the ramp onto US-101 N (go 6.1 mi.)

13. Take exit 445B to merge onto CA-1 N/Shoreline Hwy toward Mill

Valley/Stinson Beach  (go 0.8 mi.)

14. Turn left onto Tennessee Valley Rd. (go 1.7 mi )

MEETING POINT: In front of the bathrooms by the picnic tables at the Tennessee Valley trailhead.

FOR THOSE WITH GPS the following street address can be used: (Tennessee Valley Trailhead)

591 Tennessee Valley Rd,

Mill Valley, California 94941


Trip Organizer:

Julio M.

jamzemail (at) gmail (dot) com

On the day of the hike only: 650(dash)906(dash)2594

Find out about coming hikes at my meetup.com group:

http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Outings/

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  • Cristian

    Great hike this wkend! Thanks Julio for organizing it. For those interested, the stats from TV trailhead to Muir Beach...
    http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/563079812

    August 11

  • Ken

    I loved the hike. I enjoyed the beach, the people, and the cool weather.

    1 · August 10

  • Ken

    I loved the hike. I enjoyed the beach, the people, and the cool weather.

    August 10

    • Edith

      Thanks, Eric. Good to know.

      August 9

  • Ruth

    I cannot find my water pack for the life of me :-(. I haven't used it since the Avon Walk almost a month ago and I have no idea where I put it. I was pretty wiped out when I got home, so it could be in any crazy place.

    August 9

  • adnan

    Will be driving - anyone want ride from DT San Jose ?

    August 8

    • Andreu

      Great! I will be there at 9.30 sharp. Thanks Adnan :)

      August 8

    • Cristian

      Adnan... just sent you a txt if you have room for 1 more. thanks!

      August 9

  • priti

    My ride just candled. I am coming from Gilroy and would like to carpool with someone. Does anyone have room for one ?

    August 8

    • Rayanne

      Priti Im so sorry...has anyone contacted you yet...its 4:30am Im still not well

      August 9

    • priti

      It's ok. Hope you feel better . No I haven't had much luck.

      August 9

  • Bobbie

    Adnan where in downtown are you meeting can I meet you for a ride too.

    August 9

  • Alan

    Anyone coming from Fremont or nearby areas who wants to carpool?

    1 · August 7

    • Alan

      Hi Liz, I can drive. Can we meet at residence inn fremont, just off 880 on mowry ave?

      August 8

    • Liz

      Sorry Alan. I already have ride. Thanks. See u at hike.

      August 8

  • Rayanne

    not able to make it, Im not well :/

    1 · August 8

  • Scott

    I am going from south bay with one other person. I am interested in driving or joining a carpool. I have room for 2 others if I drive & would prefer to meet at the Safeway on Berryessa at Capitol (near the berryessa VTA lightrail).

    August 6

    • priti

      Scott ,
      Looks like Liz will be taking the two seats you had. I was going to confirm a spot for
      me but I suppose that won't be happening . Please let me know if anything changes , I am definitely interested. No word from Rayanne yet .

      August 8

    • Scott

      Liz, I will see u & ur friend at the berryessa Safeway @ 8. Priti, I hope to see you on the hike. To everyone else, I hope to see you at the hike. MY CAR IS FULL.

      August 8

  • Espie

    looking to join a carpool from Mountain View

    August 7

    • priti

      Michel , what's the exact address at Evelyn park. I am coming from Gilroy , is it off 85 ? Thanks for letting me in on the carpool .

      August 8

    • priti

      Michel
      I am still waiting to hear back from Rayanne. I will confirm early am if I am still in need of a ride . Thanks.

      August 8

  • ken

    I have 2 seats avail., coming from milpitas via 237 &101 with pick-ups along the route

    August 7

    • priti

      Scott ,
      As per our telephone conversation I will let you know if Rayanne is still on for the carpool. If I don't hear from her by tonight , I will join you as the other passenger. Will update as we go along.
      Thanks.

      August 8

    • Liz

      Scott, thanks. We will be there at 8am. Thanks

      August 8

  • Rayanne

    Hello I will be driving from south San Jose Gilroy/Morgan Hill passing through hwy 85/87 if any anyone is intrested in carpooling i can take 3 guests?

    1 · August 3

    • Hien N.

      Hi Rayanne, I'd love to carpool with you. I'm in north San Jose, but I can meet you at a convenient place near Gilroy (a groceries store, maybe), and will chip in for the cost. Please contact me at[masked]

      August 7

    • priti

      Hi Hien
      Did you hear from Rayanne ? I am still waiting to confirm and hear back from her. Where are you located exactly ?

      August 8

  • S J W

    Thanks Steve. However, because no one replied I canceled this hike and going to another hike, since someone offered to drive. Maybe next time. Have a great hike.

    August 8

  • Rayanne

    sorry for the late update I already have Priti and her friend joining me on carpooling =)

    August 7

    • priti

      Rayanne my friend is not going to be able to make it. So there will be room for another person. Let me know where I will meet up with you.
      Thanks .

      August 7

    • priti

      Hi Rayanne
      Are we still good to carpool ? I haven't heard from you and I was wondering about where we are suppose to meet. I don't want to miss the hike if you have change of plan , I would like to make other ride arrangement.
      I would appreciate a response at your earliest convenience .
      Thanks.

      August 8

  • Joju

    If anybody wants ride from Potrero/Mission area, let me know. Otherwise I will be in the carpool location in SF

    August 8

  • Bobbie

    Rayanne could you let me know where to meet and what time to meet for carpool.

    August 8

  • Larry

    anyone from San Mateo or pass by for carpool ? Would like to share gas & toll

    August 5

    • Marty

      Larry...I live in SM and glad to have you join me. We might still need to to RWC to pick up more folks so I have a full car.

      August 8

    • Marty

      P.S. Call me at[masked] to discuss.

      August 8

  • Ken

    Does anybody need a ride from the East Bay? I can pick up people at San Leandro BART station or North Berkeley BART station. Please let me know if you need a ride.

    August 8

  • Leone

    SF travelers - I am happy to drive and can take 2 or 3.

    August 6

  • Leone

    SF travelers, I'm happy to drive and take a few hikers .

    August 6

  • Teresa

    Hi Julio,
    Are you planning on organizing a carpool location? Don't mean to give you too many responsibilities. Just wondering. Thanks! T-

    August 5

  • beverly

    I will be car pooling from funston at anza in san francisco. I have room for 3 people.

    August 4

    • Geetha

      Hi Beverly, I live near Funston and Lincoln. I'm happy to car pool with you. You can reach me at [masked] or[masked]

      August 5

    • Denise

      Hi Beverly, I would like to join your carpool. I can meet you at funston and anza.

      August 5

  • Christina

    Hello

    August 5

  • Cristian

    Anyone driving out near downtown Sunnyvale/Mountain View area? Hoping to catch a ride up - will chip in for gas & bridge toll. Thanks!

    August 4

  • Geetha

    Anyone from SF? Need carpool and would like to share for gas.

    August 4

  • dRaf

    I am in Evergreen San Jose...Anyone from south bay willing to car pool?

    August 4

  • Bobbie

    Rayanne could I meet you for carpool near 87 just give me time and place

    August 3

  • S J W

    Hello, anyone going from Vallejo/Benicia or Novato/San Rafael area and would like to carpool? I can either drive or ride and contribute for gas. Thanks.

    August 3

  • PHIL

    I'm excited that my daughter from the flatlands of Chicago, will be joining us on this hike with our incomparable leader, Julio!

    August 1

  • Pat

    Will there be car pool? Thank you.

    July 25

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