Mt Tam, 3 Lakes and Waterfalls Loop Hike (Strenuous), 13+ Miles

This part of Mt Tam is so awesome that I have decided to offer this hike again! Great waterfalls and the first wildflowers!

NOTE: This hike is rated strenuous as we will SLOWLY be traveling up the Colier Springs Trail, and then climb again up the Arturo Trail to the old military base on top of Mt Tam! The Colier Spring Trail is steep and has some creek crossings....

This should be a wonderful hike with all the rain we have received! 

Directions to trail-head:

Take Highway 101 to the Central San Rafael exit. Turn left on Third Street. Stay on Third. It will turn into Sir Francis Drake Blvd.Stay on Sir Francis Drake until you get to the Fairfax town limits. Turn left immediately after the gas station at Pacheco Avenue then turn right immediately on Broadway.  In one block, turn left on Bolinas Rd.  Drive 1.5 miles on Bolinas Rd to Sky Oaks Rd, where you bear left.  Drive straight for .4 miles to the ranger station and entrance Kiosk (where a one-day parking pass must be obtained), then continue .3 mile to a fork in the road.  Bear right on the gravel road.  Drive .4 mile until you reach another fork, then bear left and park in the gravel parking area next to a gated fire road. We will meet at the gate.

Here is a map of the trails we will be traveling on:

http://www.marinwater.org/documents/2010.10.20_VstrMap_color.pdf

We will hike the following trails:

• Bon Tempe Dam to Shadyside Trail to

• Lake Langunitas to 

• Colier Springs Trail to

• Northside Trail to 

• Arturo Trail to top (LUNCH, Great views!) to

• Mountaintop Trail to Benstein Trail to

• Cataract Trail to

• Helen Markt Trail to 

• Kent Trail and back across Bon Temp Dam to vehicles

As always:

We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time.  Slow and steady but 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 although only a monsoon will stop this hike so dress accordingly.  Cancellations due to weather will be posted by 10 pm 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: 7 hours

Facilities: At Trail-head and Laurel Dell

Dogs?: None allowed

Bring a lunch!

Bring plenty of water.

Dress in layers.

Always try to car-pool if you can. Car pool locations:

SANTA ROSA: Coddingtown Mall parking lot in front of the Coddingtown library to leave by 8:00
http://goo.gl/maps/dBMKd

PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:15 
http://goo.gl/maps/xA0qm

TERRA LINDA-Safeway Parking Lot, Manual T. Frietas Parkway. Park in Safeway lot closest to Manual T. Frietas Parkway; suggested leave byat 8:25 am

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=206386162226751651699.0004f215a33fb0b8634e3&msa=0&ll=38.009167,-122.548508&spn=0.000976,0.001206&iwloc=0004f215a34177e5e582f

General room of thumb...$5 one hour or less to trail-head, $8 over one hour to trail-head. Please insist that your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas: it's also for the wear & tear on the vehicle and the driver's effort. We like to take care of our drivers!

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.  

Bring your smile and great attitude!

See you on the trail!


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  • Christopher

    Thanks for attending! Here is a link for stats:

    http://www.mapmyfitness.com/workout/485674181

    February 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great company, beautiful hike, even if it was more strenuous than my level of fitness warranted. Thanks!

    February 16, 2014

  • Christopher

    The current NWS weather forecast for tomorrow looks good, hike might be a bit muddy:

    Cloudy, with a high near 59. South southwest wind around 9 mph.

    Tonight Rain, mainly before 4am. Low around 47. South wind 6 to 13 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

    Sunday A 20 percent chance of rain before 10am. Sunny, with a high near 61. North wind 6 to 9 mph.

    February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this!

    February 15, 2014

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