Marin Headlands - Morning Sun Trail Head Loop - Exploratory

This is an exploratory hike (meaning first time for me).  This is about an 8.5 mile loop hike starting at the Park & Ride at Spencer Ave Exit Park & Ride.  There is about 1200 elevation gain comprise of 2 "long" hills climbs and 2 "short" hills climbs.  The first and one of the "short" hills climbs will be probably be the steepest (which will also come down at the end) with about 300 elevation gain for the first quarter mile.

Some of the trail we will be on include Rodeo Valley, Mikow, Old Springs, and Marincello.  We will be hiking through Tennessee Valley area and this will be the only bathrooms available on this hike. No bathrooms at trail head.

This will be about 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours hike depending on the pace of the group.  Would like to keep it a moderate pace.  Here is a link to map created of the route which also includes elevations at the bottom: Marin Headlands - Morning Sun Loop


Carpooling is suggested.

I will add locations to this if you contact me. Please comment below if you plan on using a carpool location.

I will be carpooling from parking lot across from Sebastopol Vet Center entrance (282 S. High St.) Leaving at 8:25am.

And, I will be carpooling from Park & Ride - South End of Redwood Dr & Gravenstein Highway (116 & 101 - Cotati) with anyone that wants to, leaving at 8:40am.

And, I will be carpooling from Park & Ride - Petaluma - Lakeview & 101 with any that wants to, leaving at 8:55am.

I will be swinging through the carpool locations listed and leaving at the listed times.

Trail-head depart Time: We should be on the trail promptly at 9:30am.

While you are ultimately responsible for your own comfort and safety, I suggest:

• Always bring plenty of water! Always important, especially important when hot.

• Bring layered clothing. It could be hot or it could be cold and windy.

• Wear sturdy shoes/boots.

• Bring plenty of food.

• Don’t attempt the hike unless you are confident it is a reasonable hike for you.

• I also request that you:

• Are courteous and respectful of others.

• Bring a positive attitude and open mind.

• Take responsibility for yourself.

• Come ready for a good day.

Hope to see you there!

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  • janey

    i'm not positive that i will be able to make it yet. i didn't realize i was creating an rsvp when i made my profile. not super savvy about navigating sites like this. haha : ) i don't drive & would love to meet up at one of the carpool locations. i'm in st. helena so will have to figure out how to get over there. sounds like a great hike. *fingers crossed*

    January 6, 2014

    • Daniel

      Im coming from Napa, can you make it there? I can drive all the way

      January 16, 2014

    • janey

      just now seeing this. thank you so much for the offer. i would have loved to have carpooled with you. kicking myself for lagging on emails.

      January 26, 2014

  • Lara M.

    Thx for a great hike today all! Good hills & "rollers", beautiful weather and fine company

    January 25, 2014

  • Chuck J. the Hiking D.

    A great hike with fun friendly people!

    January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Working that wknd. What about Feb 1 for a hike???

    January 7, 2014

  • Michelle K.

    Overslept! Wont' make it today. Sorry to miss it.
    : ^

    January 25, 2014

  • Barbara T.

    I plan to meet you at the trailhead. Does the exit off 101 actually say "Spencer Avenue?" Is the park and ride on the left or right after you exit. I just don't seem to be familiar with the exit.

    January 24, 2014

    • Chuck J. the Hiking D.

      The exit does say "Spencer ave.", you'll see the lot as you exit the freeway.

      1 · January 24, 2014

  • Bruce

    I seem to have done something unpleasant to my ankle and will not be able to go hiking on Sat...Sorry, but I hope to go on another hike in the near future.

    January 23, 2014

  • Gary W.

    I plan to meet you at the Sebastopol carpool.

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • John H.

    Working Saturday, darn. Look forward to the next hike.

    January 20, 2014

  • Chuck J. the Hiking D.

    If anyone wants to carpool from San Rafael, let's meet @ 8:45 @ the Park & Ride lot under the freeway between 4th & 5th.

    January 13, 2014

  • Suzanne

    I will meet y'all at the trail head.

    January 13, 2014

  • Chuck J. the Hiking D.

    I've hike this area extensively, this is a great route!

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Bruce

    I'm in...this is right in my backyard + no football 1/25/14

    January 13, 2014

  • Adele

    Meet at the trail head

    January 13, 2014

  • John H.

    Cotati park & ride. Been wanting to do this hike for some time.

    1 · January 8, 2014

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