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Indian Tree Open Space Hike (Moderate 7 miles)

  • Sep 19, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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Please see new info regarding car pooling below!

This hike climbs (1400 feet) to one of the highest points in North Marin. There are some views but this hike is mostly walking through and under the trees.  It offers several groves of redwoods, great views and beautiful wildflowers in the spring.  It is reminiscent of Pomo Canyon out on the coast but is much closer to home.  We should be off the trail by 1:30pm giving you plenty of time to take care of other things in your life!

 

Be aware; there are horses on the trail and it can be muddy.


Directions: From Hwy 101 in Novato go West on San Marin Dr. to Novato Blvd. Continue straight on Sutro Ave. Where Sutro ends in a "T" intersection take a right on Vineyard Rd to the hilltop where the road turns to dirt and there is an open space sign on the left. Park along the shoulder of the road.

 

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 a reasonable distance from the group.  Make sure this is something you are prepared for and would enjoy

Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments to the hike details.  Cancellations or any adjustments will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.

TO BRING: YOU! glorious hiker person you – dying to hit the trails and laugh, talk, sweat and enjoy in a group of like minded Wanderers… Oh yeah, and you should always bring your hiking safety essentials, layered clothing, water and food appropriate to the outing as mentioned below.

RSVP etiquette must be followed. Only RSVP when you can commit to attend. Once you have RSVP'd if you have an emergency that means you have to cancel please change your RSVP by 5pm the prior day. This will avoid a "no-show" reflecting on your participation history. Over 3 "no-shows" might mean we have to excuse you from the group. We try very hard to respect each other in this group.

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: 3-4 hours

Facilities: none

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 lunch.  We have lunch out at the end of the point at a beautiful spot.

Bring your smile and great attitude!  We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!

 

Car pool etiquette- First and foremost....come prepared to drive. Yes.....I know.....a lot of you are trying to car pool because you don't want to or can't drive for whatever reason. I don't want you to be disappointed, so if you can't drive please be aware that you might not be able to join the hike. There is always that risk if you are counting on others to be your transportation. 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. You might arrive late, be in the wrong spot or get stopped by a swarm of your paparazzi...come prepared to drive to the trail head if you want to hike! If we have a gang wanting 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! General rule of thumb for riders...$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!Then PLEASE if possible try to use the 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 any designated location.

Car pool locations:

SANTA ROSA: Coddingtown Mall parking lot in front of the Coddingtown library to leave by 8:30

http://goo.gl/maps/dBMKd

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

http://goo.gl/maps/xA0qm

 

See you on the trail!

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  • Sylvia M.

    A beautiful hike. thank you Christy, and thank you Ter for all your Bay tree info.

    September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks wanderers for making my first hike with the group so enjoyable. It was great to meet you all.

    September 19, 2013

  • Mary A.

    Thanx so much Christy for another "secret spot" to hike - esp on a hot Indian Summer day. Thanx also to Andy for guiding us and to all of you for great company. Ter - really fascinating info on the local flora.

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • Hank F.

    An invigorating hike on a beauty of a day on a beautiful Novato hill. Thanks to Christy and the Wanderers.

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • Stan S.

    Thanks for a great morning Christy.

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • ter

    Andy correctly pointed out that the California Bay Tree is distinctly different from the Mediterranean Bay Laurel of culinary fame. If Andy will permit me this ethnobotanical footnote...
    Both trees are related to the avocado, however the two "bays" are distinctly different genera and species. The Mediterranean Laurel is named "Laurus nobilis," from which we derive our phrase "noble laureate." The branches form wreaths that crown the heads of noble persons in classic Greek and Roman art. It contains substances that add a pleasing taste to Mediterranean dishes.
    Now our local California Bay Laurel is not a Laurel at all. Its scientific name is "Umbellularia californica" and is not closely related to the true laurel, and contains some different chemicals, including one that is known to cause headaches. While indigenous peoples of California had a number of medicinal uses for the tree, it's not recommended for food flavoring.
    If this is TMI, blame it on Andy for getting me started.

    2 · September 19, 2013

    • ter

      You would have to obtain the offending ketone from the cytoplasm in the leaves, as in soaking the leaves in your food. Some people swear that CA bay leaves in a tent or around your dog's neck repel fleas. I wonder if it's the ketone that drives them away. I don't know. Chemicals discovered in plants are often named after the plant, so this one is called umbellulone. (Amanitin was isolated from poisonous Amanita mushrooms.)

      1 · September 19, 2013

    • ter

      Wait. Hold the presses! Your question is amazing and got me thinking. Acetone is a ketone, and ketones are volatile (vaporize easily). That means that I answered too fast. According to the principle of volatility, you could inhale the vapors from the leaves. That volatility could explain the flea fix.

      1 · September 19, 2013

  • ted w.

    A really beautiful trail. And that was quite a view we had for lunch. Thanks again Christy!

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • Christy Vandever S.

    Thanks everyone for joining me on the morning hike (thank you Andy for clarifying a couple 'turns' and junctions). It was great to have several Wanderers that were new to me and as always, great to catch up with the "regulars".

    September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    thank you Christy for a fun walk - I enjoyed what was for me a new Indian Tree trail!

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Petaluma car pool

    September 13, 2013

  • Andy E.

    Coddingtown

    September 18, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Tweaked my right knee and can't put much weight on it, darn!

    September 18, 2013

  • Kelsey W.

    Will be bringing Rufus, my four-legged sidekick.

    September 13, 2013

  • Christy Vandever S.

    THIS IS A DOG-FRIENDLY hike! Well-behaved dogs are welcome. The website says they must be on leashes and I will warn that there is a lot of "road apples" from the horses. It's a beautiful trail though--nice and shady. Perfect for our four legged friends.

    September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes

    September 9, 2013

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