Indian Tree Open Space Hike (Moderate 7 miles)

  • January 18, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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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 and is reminiscent of Pomo Canyon out on the coast without the ocean/river views.  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 snack/lunch.  We have a break at the top.

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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  • Andy E.

    Beautiful day great company and hike.

    January 19, 2014

  • Mini

    This hike was awesome!! Look fwd to anther hike...Thank you Kathy

    January 19, 2014

  • Barbara

    Kathy- thanks. It was a great day, great hike and great people.

    January 18, 2014

  • Theresa Q.

    It was just wonderful! What a lovely day!

    January 18, 2014

  • Theresa Q.

    Thank you all for such a lovely day! I had a wonderful day thanks to you all. Can't wait to do it again.

    January 18, 2014

  • Kathy

    I had forgotten how much I love this hike! So cool and green when everything else is brown and dry. And what a great group! Thanks, all, for getting my day off to such a great start.

    January 18, 2014

  • Kathie B.

    It was great to share this lovely day and a fun hike with such a congenial group of Wanderers. Thank you, Kathy!

    January 18, 2014

  • Barbara T.

    wonderful

    January 18, 2014

  • John H.

    Lovely hike And what can be send about the Wanderers that hasn't been said. Good, interesting, above average in all ways. Oh my.

    January 18, 2014

  • deb

    I woke up sick. So. Sorry to not be able to make it.

    January 18, 2014

  • Kathy

    Petaluma car pool

    2 · January 12, 2014

    • Janet S.

      Petaluma car pool

      January 17, 2014

    • Dorje R.

      Kathy- I'm so very, very sorry- I can't make it- I really wanted to do this hike and feel so badly to have taken someone else's place who could have gone.

      January 18, 2014

  • Dorje R.

    Oh, this is the pits- I'm not going to make it on time! So sorry to miss this!! Have a great hike.

    January 18, 2014

  • Devera

    What does the notice mean that "Im on the waitlist". I assume I cant join the hike until I receive notice that I got into the group?

    January 17, 2014

    • Kathy

      Devera, I replied to your question yesterday, but I don't see it here. Yes, you need to wait till you're confirmed before you can attend. At this point, I'd say it doesn't look good for you, so sorry

      January 17, 2014

  • Mini

    I'm looking forward join you all tomorrow!

    January 17, 2014

  • Georgene

    Sorry, have to cancel. I am sure I am going to miss a lovely hike.

    January 17, 2014

  • Lynda K.

    Sick :(. Someone can have my spot

    January 17, 2014

  • Devera

    just started getting back into shape so a moderate hike will be good for me. no services? Yikes! I will be at the petaluma carpool location. Looking forward to meeting new souls.

    January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kathy, can I invite a guest for this hike?

    January 12, 2014

    • Kathy

      John, Larry who and for where? There's no Larry in the Wanderers that leads hikes in Marin (that I know of! :) ). The Marin permits are hike by hike and too much work

      January 13, 2014

    • John H.

      Right Kathy. Leaders were Richard M and Lora. There was something about written permission forms coming his way that would apply to the Wanderers as a whole. Hike was November 23, 2013. Never heard as to what happened.

      January 13, 2014

  • Lynda K.

    Meet y'all at trailhead!

    January 12, 2014

  • Celeste S.

    ill be at Coddingtown for the carpool. I have a two seater...;) 8:20 ish...?

    January 12, 2014

  • Kathie B.

    Coddingtown carpool

    January 12, 2014

  • Lynda K.

    Switching from Richards hike while there's space

    January 12, 2014

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