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Hike at Mt. Tam [Bon Tempe Lake]

  • Jun 23, 2013 · 11:30 AM

Hi all,
This is about a 7+ mile easy to moderate hike around 3 beautiful lakes [lagunitas, bon tempe and alphine] with lunch at a spot with great views.



 

 

 



 

 








Hike Highlights
: lakes, views, nap, fun people, possibly turtles...and of course the chocolates ;)

Meet at the Alpine/Bon Tempe lake parking at 11:30AM.

Directions:
- From San Francisco, cross the golden gate bridge and keep on 101 North.
- Near San Rafael, you'll see exits to 'Richmond bridge' and 'San Anselmo'.
- Take the San Anselmo exit which curves left and takes you to Sir Francis Drake blvd.
- Drive about 5 miles west on Sir Francis Drake to Fairfax. - You will go over a small hill and as you head down look for a street to the left, just after the gas station [the sign may be hidden, but it is Pacheco Street]
- Make a left there on Pacheco.
- At the stop sign, make a right onto Broadway.
- At the next stop sign make a left onto Bolinas Rd.
- Go up Bolinas road approximately 1.5 miles (you will pass the Deer Park Villa restaurant).
- At 700 Bolinas Road there is a wooden sign on your left saying “Lake Lagunitas”.
- Make that left turn onto Sky Oaks Road; go up approximately 1/4 mile and Sky Oaks Watershed Headquarters is on the left at the crest of the hill.
- You are also at the entrance to Lagunitas and Bon Tempe Lakes. (If you miss the Sky Oaks Road turn-off and you get to the Meadow Club golf course you have gone too far).
- A $7.00 Vehicle Entrance Fee is required daily.
- Once past the entrance kiosk, drive about 0.4 mile, and turn right (to Bon Tempe) at a signed junction onto a gravel road.
- Drive about 0.3 mile, then bear left (unsigned) to the trailhead (if you get to a second parking lot at the end of the road with paved parking and picnic tables, you've gone too far).

Use the directions above to get an idea, but look at a map and figure out the directions yourself :)
Approximate GPS coordinates for the parking lot: N[masked] W[masked]
GOOGLE MAP


From east bay, take 580 bridge and take 'Sir Francis Drake blvd' exit and follow the above directions.

Bring enough water and some food for lunch and something to share if u like. Tastier snacks gets you more friends ;)

We may take a long lunch/nap break if the sun is out and is warm since its a great lunch spot. So if you have to get back early, please bring a map with you so you can find your way back :)

As usual, we may have dinner/drinks after the hike, probably at Fairfax.

TRAIL MAP

one IMPORTANT note: Please wait for others at intersections if you are not sure which trail to take as some intersections may be tricky, especially the lunch spot turn off.

It says dogs are allowed only if they are leashed :)

See u there :)

Disclaimer: Its your own responsibility to look after yourself on the hike if u decide to join us. You assume all the risks..including sharing my lunch ;)

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  • Jeff

    I accidently went today. Lovely hike it was. I can tell you the pay station ($7) was not working, and when I asked a ranger, they said they were not ticketing. I can't guarantee that that will be the situation tomorrow (Sunday), but it might be. If you see a long line of cars at the paystation and frustrated drivers fiddling with bills and credit cards that won't be accepted, you'll now know why. I just left a note on my dash. Always bring a pen and paper with you.

    1 · June 22, 2013

    • Jeff

      Flat. I'd rate it an easy hike.

      June 22, 2013

    • kira l.

      Ooops, meant to put my appreciation comment here..

      June 24, 2013

  • kira l.

    The meetup was fantastic. Sorry I had to cut out early, 1/2 way through the hike. Missed you guys.

    1 · June 24, 2013

    • kira l.

      Thanks Jeff for liking my comment. I assume all went well for the group.

      June 24, 2013

  • Rebecca

    This was my first Meetup and it exceeded my expectations. Not only was the hike simply beautiful but the people were so very nice. I cannot stop talking about the vanilla honey lavender ice cream after. Thanks to all!

    3 · June 24, 2013

  • luvmunky

    Will be leaving Nob hill area about 10:15AM. I can give ride from Van Ness and California or pick up along Lombard....as long as you don't mind staying for dinner after the hike :)
    You can text me at (415)[masked]
    see u tomorrow!!!

    June 23, 2013

  • anita

    Anyone driving from oakland/berkeley area?

    June 21, 2013

    • anita

      That would be awesome! Thanks! I'll message you so we can figure out where to meet.

      June 22, 2013

    • Jeff

      Hi Anita. Where should I come get you tomorrow?

      June 22, 2013

  • Alexis

    Hi, I'm in the marina and would like to find a carpool. Can also drive and I'm on the way to the bridge.

    June 21, 2013

    • Alexis

      Anyone who would like to carpool please contact me[masked] to coordinate.

      June 22, 2013

    • Rob

      I am coming from Pac Heights, so if anyone needs a ride contact me at[masked]-1386. Perhaps we should meet up in the Marina and get everyone situated with rides. We could meet at Crissy fields, since it is right before the bridge. Otherwise, just reach out to me directly.

      June 22, 2013

  • Anna

    I'm not sure who would like to come with me. Anyone needing a ride, from either the Mission or the Marina please call me at[masked]-8501. Also, I am not planning to come back right after the hike as the group usually get drinks/food so if you need to be back at a certain time, it won't work.

    June 22, 2013

    • Karina

      Hello! I tried calling a little earlier. I need a ride from the mission and I don't have a problem coming back late.

      June 22, 2013

  • Ajinkya

    Anyone driving from East Bay Oakland, Union City, Fremont area? wishes to carpool?

    June 20, 2013

    • Ajinkya

      Shiela, works for me. I will reply to your email with my contact info!

      June 22, 2013

    • Ajinkya

      Hey Shiela, I just sent you an email.

      June 22, 2013

  • Mira

    I have room for 3 if anyone wants to carpool or needs a ride. Email from Meetup.

    June 21, 2013

    • rose h.

      Hi Mira. I can also meet to carepool. Or to just save on parking spaces-I could meet anyone in Fairfax downtown parking lot[masked]

      June 22, 2013

    • Mira

      I think my car is full now - Amber, Mike and a friend of Mike's. Sorry Rose and Lily! I hope to see you there some other way.

      June 22, 2013

  • rose h.

    I will come if I can pick up a ride from Fairfax parking lot.

    June 22, 2013

  • Jeff

    Anyone carpooling from the East Bay? Oakland/Berkeley?

    June 21, 2013

  • Rob

    Hi I live in Pac Heights. I have a car and can give rides.

    June 21, 2013

  • Anna

    i can offer a ride to two people. will be starting in the mission and picking up a friend in the marina.

    June 20, 2013

    • Amber I

      Can I join your carpool? I live in NOPA but I can go someplace more convenient for pick-up. :)

      June 21, 2013

    • Mike

      i'm in the mission too, would like to join =)

      June 21, 2013

  • Susanna

    Just a suggestion: put the location in the "needs a location." Otherwise some folks might be scared off... ;-)

    June 20, 2013

  • saurabh

    carpool from san francisco/peninsula? please let me know

    June 20, 2013

    • susan

      OK - can you pick me up in Potrero Hill on your way?

      June 20, 2013

    • saurabh

      i plan to go via 19th ave, so if you could meet near the GG park that would be ideal, Kim may want to pool from there too. please let me know via e-mail

      June 20, 2013

  • Kim

    Will contribute to carpool costs & can meet at Balboa & Funston (1 block off Park Presidio - on way to GG bridge).

    June 20, 2013

    • saurabh

      can pick you up on the way, please e-mail contact info

      June 20, 2013

  • rose h.

    sorry have to cansel

    June 20, 2013

  • rose h.

    anyone want to just share a car-I don't think there are allot of parking spots available. [masked] I am in Greenbrae near bon air just off the freeway-we could meet at Calico Corners Fabric store-lots of free parking

    June 20, 2013

  • rose h.

    yes, can any let me know if they want to car share. I am in Greenbrae

    June 20, 2013

  • kira l.

    My mom and I can't wait. She just moved here and it will be awesome to show her new beautiful people and places.

    June 20, 2013

  • luvmunky

    love this hike :)

    June 19, 2013

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