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Tennessee Valley to Rodeo Beach - 11.5 miles (Strenuous)

We will hike through the Marin Headlands.  This hike includes some sustained uphill climbs onto the ridge each way.

Duration: 6 hours

Length: 11.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft.

Trail Map:

Trail Track:

Facilities: At the trailhead and at lunch

Dogs?: none allowed

Bring plenty of water. 2 liters is usually a good idea for a hike of this length.

Dress in layers.  The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up.

Bring a light lunch.  We will stop at Rodeo Beach for lunch.

Getting there:

From US 101 in Marin County, take the CA 1/Shoreline Highway exit. After about 0.5 mile, turn left onto Tennessee Valley Road. Go about 1.5 miles to the parking lot at the end of the road. Ignore the parking areas on the side of the road as you proceed along Tennessee Valley Rd. because you are headed to the end of the road.

Car pool locations:

SANTA ROSA: Coddingtown Mall parking lot in front of the Coddingtown library to leave by 7:50

PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:10

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.  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.

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.

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

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  • Yannick

    We sparred with the fog, the ridge, the waves, and finally the treats. It was a victory for fun.

    July 6, 2014

  • John

    Great hike. The views were excellent! Big waves. Yannick almost surfing. What more could we ask?

    Thanks Yannick!

    July 5, 2014

  • Dwight

    A lovely stroll through sand and fog. And a hill or two.
    Excellent companionship from the Wanderers and great guidance from Yannick on back to back hikes.

    July 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys ! I would love to join you but don't have a car.
    any one coming from Berkeley/ east bay I can join
    Or- anyone can pick me up from any BART station ?
    thanks !

    July 4, 2014

  • Michelle K.

    Carpool from Petaluma anyone?

    July 3, 2014

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