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Mt Tam with Steep Ravine, Bootjack and Muir Woods!!!!! 9+ miles 2200 ft appx.

This is our NEW favorite Mt. Tam hike...it has it all .....we start by heading up The Dipsea Trail which will take us 4 miles over to Steep Ravine.... tracing the Redwood Creek watershed from the slopes of Mt Tamalpais.  Redwood Creek flows year round, providing  support to lovely and thriving redwoods, maple, willow and alder.  We will also travel through live oak, buckeye and bay
The Dipsea Trail crosses Redwood Creek and climbs nearly 370' in just .35 miles. Whew...it's a quick warm up!!  It emerges from the cluttered forest on a fire road and quickly departs, the first of many brief interludes on service roads.  We switch from fire road to trail and back several times.  At almost 4 miles after a steep down hill stretch with STAIRs we hit the gorgeous Steep Ravine trail that even in the summer is a pleasure to travel.  It's a climb but never fear...lunch is near!  We will lunch at the picnic tables at Pantoll Ranger station and then we are in for continued treat as we head back to Muir Woods on the beautiful Boot Jack Trail where we end with a walk through the majestic old growth redwoods that make Muir Woods so famous!

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.  Make sure this is something you will enjoy.
  • 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.  You will be left behind if you are not ready to head out at the hike start time.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.
  • Duration: 6+ hours
  • Facilities: Yes...at trailhead
  • Dogs?: none allowed
  • Bring plenty of water.  More than one bottle is usually a good idea.
  • Dress in layers.  The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up.
  • Bring a snack.  We always have a break at a scenic spot about half way.

·      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 8:50

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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  • Marie-Noelle

    Beautiful hike in 50 shades of green! Great day on the trail with the Wanderers, thank you :)

    1 · September 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great photos as always !

      September 12, 2013

    • Marie-Noelle

      Thanks Lynda. Photos remind me of how special each hike is with the Wanderers :)

      September 13, 2013

  • Brenda P.

    Outstanding! What a joy to play in that beauty with all of you on a Wednesday afternoon. A special thanks to Thanya, Yannick and Phil for being in middle school with me again. And I really enjoyed listening to the French conversations. I was so pleased to reunite with friends (Mary Ann and Elisabeth) and meet new ones (Luigina, Robin and Ellen).

    September 12, 2013

  • Robin P.

    Leigh, you are maaaaaaaaaaahvelous! What a dream hike it was! Enjoyed the wonderful variety of terrains and scenery. And the company of a great group of comrade hikers.

    September 12, 2013

  • Shirley D.

    Fantastic hike! Sure enjoyed cool moist air for a change.

    September 12, 2013

  • patrick k.

    An exceptional excursion with a great group of friendly folks!

    September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    WOW! Double wow! The Spirit of the Forest shared with the greatest hiking compadres: The Wanderers!!!

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • Mary A.

    Great hike! Thanx, Leigh! And Yannick!

    September 11, 2013

  • Colleen K

    Just beautiful! Great advice to start slow and not burnout.

    September 11, 2013

  • Thanya A.

    Lovely trail, lovely weather & lovely company!

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • laurie

    crisis at my home, well problems, no water! Im so sorry to cancel so late, I was really looking forward to this hike.

    September 10, 2013

  • Resurecion "Richie" A.

    Menn! All the good hikes are on the week days. :((

    September 10, 2013

  • Shirley D.

    Me four

    September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Coddingtown

    September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys, I just got a last minute client for tomorrow that I need to take. Will miss you and I'm looking forward to the next hike. xo

    September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had to change my RSVP. I really want to go, but I think I overworked my knee which had ACL reconstruction, and I'm fighting back swelling. I think this will be a little to intense at this time. I hope to make the next one.

    September 10, 2013

  • elaine m.

    Petaluma.

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Recovering from shin splints so I need to back out. :(

    September 9, 2013

  • Katherine C.

    I got a substitute position for the rest of the week- Yea! and pooh, I will not be able to dome on this hike that many people have said is their very favorite )-: Have a great time!

    September 9, 2013

  • Brenda P.

    Petaluma for me!

    September 9, 2013

  • Katherine C.

    Coddington

    September 5, 2013

  • Arlene P.

    Petaluma Car Pool

    August 28, 2013

  • Shirley D.

    Will meet at Coddingtown - IF I am not selected for jury.

    August 21, 2013

    • Ellen

      Shirley....do you want to carpool from Cloverdale to Coddingtown?

      August 21, 2013

    • Shirley D.

      Nelle, That sounds good. BUT I can only do IF I AM NOT SELECTED FOR JURY DUTY.

      August 25, 2013

  • Robin P.

    Anybody want to carpool from the East Bay (I'm in El Sobrante, Hercules, Pinole area).

    August 23, 2013

  • Lucille R.

    Petaluma carpool

    August 21, 2013

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