New Meetup: Views of Mount Tamalpais from Phoenix Lake - Small dogs Welcome

From: Lauren
Sent on: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 11:51 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for 35ish-65ish Bay Area Hikers, Daytrippers and Playful People!

What: Views of Mount Tamalpais from Phoenix Lake - Small dogs Welcome

When: May 30,[masked]:30 PM

Price: $1.00 per person

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Quote from Jane Huber:

"Mount Tamalpais: how do I love thee? Let me count the trails... Mount Tamalpais has my trailheads and a lifetime's worth of paths. The options for a hike from here are staggering, and you really take a wrong step., this gorgeous route through woods and grassland, with great views to Tam's summit, thrills me each time."

This hike won't be in Mount Tamalpais state park per say, it's nearer to Samuel P. Taylor. If you want to get a sense of where it is, mapquest the town of Lagunitas, CA.

Here are directions from San Francisco via the golden gate bridge, if someone wants to put together directions starting from other locales please post them in the comments section for this hike -

Northbound 101, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, use the toll plaza as the mileage starting point. Drive north on 101 about 11 miles, then take exit 450 B, Sir Francis Drake Blvd - San Anselmo. Stay to the left, toward San Anselmo, and drive west on Sir Francis Drake about 3.5 miles to the intersection of Lagunitas Rd. with Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at the Marin Art and Garden Center. Turn Left on Lagunitas Rd. and drive about 1 mile to the parking lot at the end of the road. We'll meet in the parking lot. I think the parking lot is in Natalie Green Park.
This sounds like a really nice hike that I haven't been on before. Small well-behaved, friendly, good on a leash dogs can come. I'd like to start doing a series of "small dog hikes" in the Greater Bay Area using the list of dog friendly locations from the book by Bay Area Hiker, Jane Huber, 60 hikes within 60 miles of San Francisco, so this is the first one from that book.

This hike is described by Jane Huber in 60 hikes in 60 miles as "easy", 4.9 miles, nearly equal parts shade and sun, dirt fire roads and trails, scenery grasslands, woods, lake, takes 2.5 hours

Bring sunhat, sunscreen, water, 1/2 gallon minimum, snacks, lunch, there are pit toilets at the trailhead and at the lake.

Carpooling: Parking at the trailhead is limited. We will be car-pooling from Brendan's here in Santa Cruz, leaving at 9:30am. If you want to car-pool from whatever community you live in, pick a meeting location, time to meet, and say how may spaces you have in your car and post in the comment section. You also might want to check through the locations of the Yes RSVP and see if any one is coming from your direction. I have room for 2 and we will be detouring to Point Reyes Station for Popovers on the way back. There is a Cajun Orchestra at Rancho Nicasio at 8:30pm for $12 so that's another possibility on the way back.

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