Tennessee Valley (Marin County) Hike

  • October 6, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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Hello All,

From its lovely ocean views and historic and scenic sites, the Tennessee Valley and Rodeo Beach areas of the Marin Headlands offer wonderful natural beauty and interesting areas to explore.

With a hike length of 9 miles and 1500 feet of elevation gain, our hike will be at our usual intermediate level. Please consider your physical condition and make sure you are able to handle an intermediate-level hike. *More details are listed below.*

There will be an optional dinner in the area after the hike.

NOTES ABOUT CARPOOLING:
1. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CARPOOL to minimize the impact of our large group on the parking lot at our destination.

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 *DO NOT POST COMMENTS* TO THE WHOLE MEETUP GROUP TO PRE-ARRANGE CARPOOLS. Such postings lead to too much e-mail traffic on the list, and we have had lots of complaints.  INSTEAD, PLEASE INCLUDE A NOTE IN YOUR RSVP INDICATING 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!

4. CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS WILLING TO MANAGE CARPOOL POINTS IN THE EAST BAY OR MARIN OR SAN JOSE: If you are willing to take responsbility for setting-up and managing a carpool point covering a *region* not covered by the official carpool points (for example Marin, East Bay, San Jose), please send me an e-mail me with a proposed meeting location (including address and Google Map link) and time. If we decide the carpool point would provide a good addition to the official carpool points, I will send out a notice to the group announcing the carpool point. Please only volunteer if you are truly committed to following through on the management of a designated carpool point (not just a single carpool for your car) and are sure you will be able to follow through (and of course that you will attend the hike).


SUMMARY OF OFFICIAL CARPOOL POINTS and meeting times (details below):
8:00 AM at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, PALO ALTO
8:30 AM: Edgewood Road Park and Ride Parking Lot, REDWOOD CITY
9:00 AM: Southwest corner of Anza St.& Funston Ave, SAN FRANCISCO     10:00 AM at Tennessee Valley Trailhead (HIKE STARTING POINT)
5:00 PM: Estimated end time of hike (back at trailhead)


Details are posted below.

I hope  you can join us....

Your Organizer,
Julio M.

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Tennessee Valley (Marin County) Hike,  Oct. 6, 2012 - Sat
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DESTINATION: Tennessee Valley & Rodeo Beach
DATE: October 6, 2012 (Saturday)
TOTAL LENGTH OF HIKE: 9 miles
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN:  1500 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 hour approx. each way

COST: Mileage + Golden Gate Bridge Toll  ($35 from Palo Alto + $6 per adult
to be split by carpoolers in car) [Mileage amounts from other carpool
points: $25 from Edgewood Road, $7 from SF].
NOTE: The hike organizer will ask for a voluntary donation of 3 dollars at the end of the hike to help cover expenses associated with the Meetup group.

ORGANIZER: Julio M.(contact info below)

RAIN CANCELS.... In case of doubt, call my cell phone # (listed below) after 9 PM on the night before the hike. I will leave an outgoing message with any notices about hike cancellation due to weather. 

RSVP REQUESTED


CARPOOLING:
1. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CARPOOL to minimize the impact of our large group on the parking lot at our destination.

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 *DO NOT POST COMMENTS* TO THE WHOLE MEETUP GROUP TO PRE-ARRANGE CARPOOLS. Such postings lead to too much e-mail traffic on the list, and we have had lots of complaints.  INSTEAD, PLEASE INCLUDE A NOTE IN YOUR RSVP INDICATING 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!


MEET:
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

8:30 AM: Edgewood Road Park and Ride Parking Lot, Redwood City
[at corner of I-280 and Edgewood Road]. 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
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 meeting point location: http://g.co/maps/99rny

9:00 AM: Southwest corner of Anza St.& Funston Ave.  (SAN
FRANCISCO CARPOOL POINT). Carpools with excess capacity
leaving Palo Alto and Edgewood Road 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

10:00 AM at Tennessee Valley Trailhead (HIKE STARTING POINT) at end
of Tennessee Valley Road. MEET in front of the bathrooms at the
picnic tables.
Google Map of location: http://goo.gl/maps/35cbm

ESTIMATED FINISH TIME:  4:30 PM - 5:00 PM (back at Visitor Center)

OPTIONAL DINNER afterward in the area


BRING: sunscreen, lunch, plenty of water, coat (in case it is windy and foggy), all the usual stuff. You may want to bring a hat since parts of trail are quite exposed.


ROUTE DESCRIPTION:
The Tennessee Valley is known for its lovely views of the Pacific and gorgeous coastal scenery. We will explore Tennessee Valley and the charming Rodeo Beach area with its historic structures and natural beauty.

We will begin our hike at Tennessee Valley trailhead at the end of Tennessee Valley Road. Our route will take us in a southeasterly direction along Old Springs Trail which offers spectacular foothill and valley views. We will then go right on the Miwok Trail which will take us down to the lovely Rodeo Beach and Lagoon. While at the lagoon area, we will briefly explore the Marin Headlands Visitor Center and other resources nearby.

Our hike then continues along the Coastal Trail which will take us up and over a ridge with amazing views and into the Tennessee Valley. We will then hike to the charming Tennessee Cove and then return to our starting point by following the Tennessee Valley Trail.



DIRECTIONS from Palo Alto to Tennessee Valley Trailhead
Google Map showing route: http://goo.gl/maps/kUlXT

1. Take I-280 N
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NORTH PENINSULA CARPOOL POINT:
To stop at North Peninsula Carpool Point: Edgewood Road Park and Ride Parking Lot, Redwood City:
- Take exit 29 for Edgewood Rd
- Turn right onto Edgewood Rd (go 256 feet)
- Turn left into the Park and Ride lot
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2. Continue onto CA-1 N/Junipero Serra Blvd (signs for 19th Ave/Golden
Gate Bridge (go 1.1 mi)
3. Slight left onto 19th Ave (go 3.4 mi)
4. Continue onto Crossover Dr (go 0.4 mi)
5. Continue onto Park Presidio Bypass Blvd (go 0.5 mi)
6. Continue onto Park Presidio Blvd (go 0.9 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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7. Continue onto Veterans Blvd (go 1.1 mi)
8. Take the ramp onto US-101 N (go 6.1 mi.)
9. Take exit 445B to merge onto CA-1 N/Shoreline Hwy toward Mill
Valley/Stinson Beach (go 0.8 mi.)       
10.. 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 "leader":
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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  • Lanse

    Awesome view. I'm glad I went on this hike.

    October 9, 2012

  • Auri

    Invigorating moderate climbs to striking panoramas of mountains & the sparkling ocean. Plus refreshing breaks at the 2 beaches savoring the fog & breeze, waves & surf, pleasant fall sunshine & good company. i.e. A great day!

    October 8, 2012

  • Sridhar

    Wonderful Hike with a great group of people.

    October 7, 2012

  • Stephanie

    Very organized, social and well paced given the size of the group. Great variety of interesting people too.

    October 7, 2012

  • Tommy Kwee

    Great hike, great views. The slopes are a bit challenging. This is my first hike in the Bay area and S.F. Now my feet needs to recover.

    October 6, 2012

  • Praneeth

    really nice scenic place.. good view of SFO town and complete golden-gate. Today we got a change to see Blue Angels, Navy's flights.

    October 6, 2012

  • John

    Sunny and beautiful !

    October 6, 2012

  • Howard

    Excellent hike with spectacular City views, great weather too.

    October 6, 2012

  • Undra

    It was a best

    October 6, 2012

  • Shiri

    In SF - there in 15-20 min

    October 6, 2012

  • Stephanie

    This would be my first event...what if the pace is too slow? Can a hiker go out ahead?

    October 6, 2012

    • Tommy Kwee

      I don't recommend hiking alone though, for safety reasons.

      October 6, 2012

  • Abraham S

    Does anybody has a spot from sf? Or want to join me.

    October 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    by what time are we back to San Francisco?

    October 3, 2012

    • Tommy Kwee

      In the summary of carpooling points, it says around 5 pm! It's a leisure pace, I guess.

      October 3, 2012

  • Tommy Kwee

    Is the hike 9 miles round trip or just one way?

    October 3, 2012

  • Katie Saral

    I can give the person in Berkeley a ride, since I'm leaving from Berkeley - [masked]

    October 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry to post carpool topic, but looks that my direct emails didn't went through. I am looking for a ride from San Francisco (Mission).
    Is Anza and Funston the only SF meeting location? Being there at 9 am will give me a good chance to find a ride?
    Thank you.

    October 3, 2012

  • Yoshi

    Would anyone give me a lift? I live in Oakland. I don't own a car. I can take a bart or MUNI or bus to be picked up near you. I'll appreciate your ride. Thanks!

    September 30, 2012

    • Yoshi

      Thanks Alain, I'll email you shortly.

      October 3, 2012

  • Alex

    Anyone carpooling from the east bay???? I live in Berkeley but I can meet somewhere.

    October 3, 2012

  • Tommy Kwee

    I am willing to carpool. Currently I am driving by myself from San Pablo area. I like carpooling for sharing the hiking experience. I come from the LA area, and work in the East Bay, and I would like to know the group members. If you can come to my area somewhat, that would be great.

    October 3, 2012

  • Undra

    Anyone from San Francisco. Can I join a carpool from San Francisco

    October 2, 2012

  • Undra

    I m not driving??

    October 1, 2012

  • Catiane

    What about you Birdie? My car fits five.

    September 29, 2012

  • Catiane

    By the way. I don't mind driving to the hike myself if those living south from San Carlos meet me here.

    September 29, 2012

  • Catiane

    Theresa, Yadira, Gracie, and Anne! Lets Carpool? I am in San Carlos, which is on the way from Palo Alto. Could you drive, Gracie? We are all on your way north.

    September 29, 2012

  • amanda lu

    Anyone going from SOMA area? Need car pool...willing to share the cost, and maybe free ice cream treat on me too :)

    September 28, 2012

  • fran

    Already booled other activity but soon i will be with you!

    September 28, 2012

  • Birdie Gardiner

    I am in Sunnyvale, can drive or share if anyone else is traveling from here and would like to drive

    September 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    New here... Is there a fee to join? how much?

    September 25, 2012

  • Yadira Z. R.

    I would like to have a ride, I live in Palo Alto.... Will be my first time in this group!

    September 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If someone's doing Zipcar or City Carshare I'd be willing to split the cost.

    September 18, 2012

  • Robert D. Vogel

    "Intermediate Level" - What does that really mean to me, I did a 6 mile hike at Big Basin, one area of the hike it took us up a steep rock hill, spent roughly 2.5 hours. Again, trying to gauge what intermediate will really mean. I'm coming from Morgan Hill if anyone needs a ride just let me know.....

    September 18, 2012

  • John

    FYI, Those that are planing to get a Zipcar have to pay by the hour or by the day.

    September 16, 2012

  • David

    Do you round up by the quarter hour or down?

    September 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking for a rid. How much is the 'hourly' fee?

    August 30, 2012

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