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Mt. Tam summit! Mountain Theater, W.Point Inn & East Summit (Moderate+)

This hike is a moderate hike of 8.4 miles with an elevation gain of 1300 feet.

This is supposed to be "THE" trail for Mt. Tam history lovers. We will see the former location of the Crookedest Railroad in the World and the gravity car railroad. We will visit the Mountain Theater, East Summit and have at snack at the top! For those of you that have never made it to the summit of Mt Tam this is the way to go! IT's the easiest route that we have found.

A brochure for Mt. Tam complete with a trail map (you'll need to zoom in) can be found at:

http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/471/files/MtTamalpaisBrochure.pdf

If you like to see where we are going ...this is our route:

We start off from Pantoll Ranger Station on the Matt Davis Trail..we take a left to head up the Nora trail to Mountain Home Inn where we catch the Old Railroad Grade to the summit. We go up to the top, come back down and then redo the Old Railroad Grade back to West Point Inn and head back to the cars via Rock Spring to Old Mine.

Directions to the Pantoll Ranger Station:

From Hwy 101 take the Mill Valley/Stinson Beach/Hwy 1 exit and continue straight for one mile to a stoplight at Shoreline Hwy (Hwy 1), Turn left on Shoreline and drive 2.5 miles, then turn right on Panoramic Hwy. Drive 9/10ths of a mile until you reach an intersection where you can go left, straight or right. Take the middle road continuing on Panoramic Hwy for 4.3 miles more to the Pantoll Ranger Station on your left.

Please read and be familiar with the guidelines of the group as listed below. It’s important before you come on a Wanderer hike that you agree and are prepared with the following.

As always:

  • We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time. A steady pace and we just keep going! If you are in the lead you will end up waiting at trail junctions. If you are in the back you will be asked to do your best to keep up with the group and at waiting points the group may move on as soon as you are within sight. Our pace averages 2.5mph. We do get separated from time to time as everyone walks their own pace but please bear in mind that you will need to be able to stay within several minutes of the group. If you are unable to keep up with the group you will be given a map so you can take pleasure in the trail at your own pace on your own. Make sure this is something you are prepared for and would enjoy.
  • We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time. Slow and steady and we just keep going!
  • Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments. This is especially important if there are any weather issues. Cancellations due to weather will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.
  • Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time. That is the time we head out on the trail. It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Facilities: at the trail head
  • Dogs?: None allowed on trail unfortunately
  • Bring plenty of water. More than one bottle is usually a good idea.
  • Dress in layers. The hike starts off cool but you will warm up.
  • Bring a lunch for the top!
  • Always try to car-pool if you can. If there is a noted car pool that is full or doesn’t work for you it would be wonderful if posted your own on the hike’s comments spot. And car poolers if you are riding with someone other than your leader please chip in for gas and the use of their car.
  • Bring your smile and great attitude!

See you on the trail!

FOR car pools ...we have a change. Please document your car pool info in your RSVP comments NOT the general comments below. That will eliminate many msgs to the hike attendees. Car pool etiquette- Come prepared to drive, be aware that there may be no others wanting to car pool from your selected location or there might be a lot of people and everyone might want to ride. We determine who gets the rider seats by who has most recently been a driver in the past. This is worked out based by who shows up at the car pool location. We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up. We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work!

Then PLEASE if possible try to use the two locations below. The more locations we have the less effective we are and it's so much more complicated. Exceptions would be if you are not close to either location.

Car pool locations:

Coddingtown Library parking lot suggested leave at 8:30

Petaluma-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:55

General room of thumb...$5 one hour or less to trailhead $8 over one hour to trailhead Please insist your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas money...it's the wear and tear on the vehicle. We like to take care of our drivers!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I made it! Thanks all for the excellent organization and company. A truly splendid day!

    February 26, 2013

  • ted w.

    a great day! In a moment of inspiration (or insanity) I wrote down new words for a wanderer's walking song (to the tune the 7 dwarves sing). Ready?

    hi ho, hi ho
    It's up the trail we go
    and we don't stop we make the top
    hi ho, hi ho

    hi ho, hi ho,
    It's down the trail we go
    While Leigh's the lead we will succeed
    Proceed, proceed

    Hi ho, hi ho
    with cheese and wine in tow
    we'll make the scene at Steep ravine
    hi ho, hi ho

    hi ho, hi ho
    the hike that does me in
    is Gunsight rock, it cleans my clock!
    I know I know.

    4 · February 25, 2013

    • ted w.

      Ha! On the way down Dustin was making up some verses, and I heard Stephanie singing it a little bit. By that time the damn tune was stuck in my head.

      1 · February 25, 2013

    • Stephanie

      Yep I was singing, that's how these hikes affect me (-: Thanks for another perfect day Leigh!

      February 26, 2013

  • Carol H.

    Fabulous hike!! Thank you so much for planning it. Looking forward to the next one.

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a fun group and the hike was fantastic. Thanks Leigh! The cheese, wine and ginger was a really classy touch, in addition to the brownies! Great camaraderie.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Marie-Noelle

    Beautiful day to make it to the summit!! Thank you Leigh for a great day all around and wonderful company.

    February 25, 2013

  • Leigh

    I loved it. I thank you all so much with bearing with me about the comment of it being all down hill on the way back.....I swear someone put those hills in when I wasn't looking! They weren't there before...it's the strangest thing!!
    Thank you all so much for joining me. I really appreciate you!

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Sylvia M.

    a perfect hike, beautiful day, great company. thank you Leigh.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Charles H.

    Views, weather, company all five star.

    February 25, 2013

  • Arlene P.

    This hike was just unbelievably wonderful. Such a beautiful day. Thank you Leigh for organizing us!

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Arlene P.

    The most beautiful day, the most beautiful people and what more can I say!

    February 25, 2013

  • Kathy F

    I love all the hikes I've done at Mt Tam, but the view from East Peak is special. And the group, the wine, the cheese, the laughter... it all adds up to another perfect hike with the Wanderers!

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Elaine d.

    Up and up and up we went......then up we went some more! But what a view!

    February 25, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Sonoma carpool

    February 24, 2013

  • Carol H.

    I will be at Coddingtown library for carpool.

    February 24, 2013

  • Kathy F

    I won't be at the Petaluma car pool after all, I'll meet at the trail head.

    February 24, 2013

  • Leigh

    I won't be stopping at Coddingtown tomorrow...see you all at the trailhead!

    February 24, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Petaluma carpool

    February 24, 2013

    • Elaine d.

      I'm coming via Napa. I can pick-up Dustin at the Stanley Lane Pumpkin Patch then get you at the 116/121 Park & Ride........I just need you guys to tell me the times.....

      February 24, 2013

  • DEBI C.

    Now it's the right knee! Not ready for prime time, yet. Looks like perfect weather, too. Have a wonderful time! Debi Coish

    February 24, 2013

  • Julie

    Coddingtown

    February 24, 2013

  • Mark

    Coddingtown

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Im going to sit this one out - coming down with something :(

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Petaluma carpool

    February 24, 2013

  • Marie-Noelle

    Petaluma carpool

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Coddingtown carpool

    February 22, 2013

  • Kathie B.

    Coddingtown carpool

    February 21, 2013

  • DEBI C.

    Carpool from NW Library? I can drive or ride.

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will like to carpool from Coddingtown Library

    February 20, 2013

  • Charles H.

    Coddingtown terminus

    February 19, 2013

  • Charles H.

    Rain or shine?

    February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Made a boo boo! Can not make it!

    February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ill be at Coddingtown library for carpooling!

    February 19, 2013

  • Brigitte D.

    Petaluma carpool @ Lucky's 8:55 AM.

    February 19, 2013

  • Alisa F.

    If I can leave on time I might make it.

    February 11, 2013

  • Kathryn B.

    + 1

    February 9, 2013

  • Kathy F

    Petaluma car pool

    February 7, 2013

  • ted w.

    hmm...rsvp is not taking my comments. I'll be at coddingtown carpool location

    February 6, 2013

  • Arlene P.

    I'd like to car pool from Petaluma.

    February 4, 2013

  • Kathie B.

    Coddingtown carpool

    February 4, 2013

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