Matt Davis, Coastal, Cataract, Old Mine Trails Loop.

  • November 15, 2012 · 9:45 AM
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About the hike:

In this 7-mile loop, we'll hike the western flank of Mt Tam, enjoying commanding views, cool woods, and a waterfall.  Beginning on the Matt Davis Trail from Pantoll, we'll saunter through bay laurel trees, then transition to grasslands and a 1,500-foot-high view to Stinson Beach and Bolinas Lagoon. We'll keep hiking high on the Coastal Trail, then cross over to woodsy, picnic-friendly Laurel Dell and take a 10-minute detour to check out Cataract Falls.  To finish the loop, we'll wend our way through forest and along a creek on Cataract Trail, finishing on Old Miner's Trail with some views to San Francisco in the diestance.

Directions to the Pantoll Ranger Station:

From Hwy 101 take the Mill Valley/Stinson Beach/Hwy 1 exit and continue straight for one mile to a stoplight at Shoreline Hwy (Hwy 1), Turn left on Shoreline and drive 2.5 miles, then turn right on Panoramic Hwy.   Drive 9/10ths of a mile until you reach an intersection where you can go left, straight or right.  Take the middle road continuing on Panoramic Hwy for 4.3 miles more to the Pantoll Ranger Station on your left.

There is an $8 per car charge for parking in the main parking lot, although there is a free lot across the road.  Consider paying the fee to help support our state parks that are threatened by drastic budget cuts.


Be prepared to drive, though we hope to squeeze into as few cars as possible.  If you are lucky enough to be a rider, make sure you have a least $7 for your driver.  $5 for gas and $2 towards the parking fee.

As always:

We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time.   A steady pace and we just keep going!  Please note that if you are a fast hiker you will end up waiting.  If you are slow you will find that as soon as you are in close visual sight we continue on.  This is how we respect everyone's time.  Also we do ask that if you are having a hard time keeping up with the group that you focus your efforts on keeping pace and doing the best you can do.

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.

Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.

Duration: 3-4 hours

Facilities: at the trail head and at our lunch break

Bring plenty of water.  More than one bottle is usually a good idea.

No dogs allowed

Dress in layers. It can be hot!!
Bring your smile and great attitude!

See you on the trail!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots of fun with the shiny, happy people!

    November 17, 2012

  • Stephanie B.

    Really fun day with everyone....

    November 16, 2012

  • Kathy

    This hike is still one of my favorites. Very fun group, smaller than often, some familiar faces and some new ones. Lots of talking and laughing.

    November 15, 2012

  • Steven A.

    Another wonderful hike with this eclectic group of warm caring soles.

    November 15, 2012

  • Dustin H.

    nice trail, as always. Needs more climb...

    November 15, 2012

  • Lynda K.

    Very satisfying hike all around. Beautiful , always a good group, right amount of miles and workout...my kinda hike!

    November 15, 2012

  • Kathy

    Yes, Arlene...Petaluma is still leaving at 8:45

    November 15, 2012

  • Leigh

    Hi All!!! I had meant to change the starting time for the hike today and was unable to....computer issues! The Coddingtown will do their best to be there by 9:45...don't leave without us! Last month and the month before we experienced VERY heavy traffic and I'm hoping today is the magic day where we sail down easily!
    Coddingtown gang....I had Maria post 8:30 but Nancy and Andy...can you get there by 8:20 so we can leave as soon as I get there?
    Thanks!

    November 15, 2012

    • Lynda K.

      Mark and I ate leaving Hwy 12 and 101 at 0830. Don't lv without us! Thanks. Hope for no traffic

      November 15, 2012

    • Arlene P.

      Is everyone still meeting in Petaluma at 8:45? Well have to talk about the back way, starting in Petaluma on D Street extension. Pretty easy, scenic and fast usually.

      November 15, 2012

  • Marinoly R.

    Mark and Lynda, I'm really sorry but I will not be able to make it to the hike. Hope you have a great time!

    November 15, 2012

    • Lynda K.

      :(. Stay cozy with the doggies!

      November 15, 2012

  • Mark

    I will be driving from Santa Rosa, headed for the Petaluma carpool site. I can drive or ride. If anyone wants to meet in Santa Rosa, let me know. I can meet you at the Park& Ride near the county fairgrounds and the vets bldg at 8 AM and then go to Petaluma.

    November 14, 2012

    • Mark

      Given that there will be 3 of us leaving from Santa Rosa, we will not stop at Petaluma unless you want us to do so. If you do, we will leave earlier. Let me know. Thanks Kathy.

      November 14, 2012

    • Lynda K.

      O830 under Hwy 12.

      1 · November 14, 2012

  • Arlene P.

    See all of you at Lucky's in Petaluma at 8:45!

    November 13, 2012

  • Kathy

    Petaluma car pool - Lucky parking lot on Lakeville at the corner of Caulfield. Park closest to Payran Street. Be there in time to leave by 8:45am.

    November 7, 2012

    • Brenda P.

      I will be at the Petaluma carpool too!

      November 13, 2012

  • Lynda K.

    Whoops! Just saw it. 0845

    November 8, 2012

  • Lynda K.

    What time is carpool Petaluma?

    November 8, 2012

  • Lynda K.

    I will be at Petaluma . On time

    November 7, 2012

  • Andy E.

    Like to carpool

    November 7, 2012

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