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Indian Tree Open Space Morning Hike! (Moderate 7 miles)

  • Nov 21, 2012 · 9:30 AM
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Please see new info regarding car pooling below!

Come join us for some exercise before you start your Thanksgiving preparations. This hike climbs (1400 feet) to one of the highest points in North Marin. It offers several groves of redwoods, great views and reported beautiful wildflowers in the spring. It is reminiscent of Pomo Canyon out on the coast but much closer to home! We should be off the trail by 1:30pm giving you plenty of time to do your Thanksgiving duties!

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.

FOR car pools ...we have a change. Please document your car pool info in your RSVP comments NOT the general comments below(unless you have already done so!). That will eliminate many msgs to the hike attendees. Car pool etiquette- Come prepared to drive, be aware that 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. 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!

Then PLEASE if possible try to use the two 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 to either location.

Coddingtown Library parking lot at 8:30

Lucky's Petaluma 9:00

As always:

  • We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time. A steady pace and we just keep going! This is not about finishing the hike in record time...it's about enjoying ourselves and the outdoors. If you are a faster hiker you will be waiting for those of us that huff and puff our way up the trail. If you are a slower hiker you will find that we head off up the trail as soon as you catch up with the group. Please make sure this is something that you will enjoy.
  • 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: none
  • Dogs: no
  • There are horses on this trail and they have the right of way. If you are uncomfortable with horses then this might not be the trail for you.
  • Bring plenty of water. More than one bottle is usually a good idea.
  • Dress in layers. This is winter...bring rain gear
  • Bring lunch; we will take a break at a scenic spot about half way. Bring something to sit on if you like because we sit on the grass and it might be damp.
  • Always try to car pool if you can. Riders, please chip in for gas and the use of the driver's car.
  • See you on the trail!



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  • Arlene P.

    What a wonderful way to spend the day before Thanksgiving!

    November 21, 2012

  • Brigitte G.

    Fabulous day for a hike with a wonderful group.

    November 21, 2012

  • Don

    Beautiful day for a hike at Indian Tree. I'm glad I was off from work this week to participate.

    November 21, 2012

  • Marcelyn

    Andy was such a fine leader! ¡Rojo Caliente!

    November 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    May favorite hikes have often been in the rain! I am sure this one will be splendid!

    1 · November 20, 2012

  • Marcelyn

    OK, Wanderers, we're going to Indian Tree tomorrow, rain or shine!
    If you want a ride from Coddingtown, be there by at least 8:25. Or be at Lucky's at the south end of Petaluma by 9:00. Don't forget your lunch and maybe a plastic bag to sit on! See you soon!

    November 20, 2012

  • Marcelyn

    I'll be at Lucky's at 9:00, and am happy to drive or ride.

    November 18, 2012

  • Andy E.

    I can stop by Coddingtown if anyone want a ride

    November 20, 2012

  • Andy E.

    Like to carpool

    November 18, 2012

  • Marcelyn

    Come climb through the redwoods! Think how much more deserving we'll feel when Thursday's feasting begins...and when it comes time for that big slice of pie! (Or in my case, several slivers of several kinds of pie!)

    November 18, 2012

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