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@ East Peak, Mt.Tam Historian, Nancy Skinner Brings Its History Alive

There is a Trail that circles the very top of Mt.Tamalpais. As you stroll, the handicap accessible, Verna Dunshee Trail, with its breathtaking 360 degree views, you will be captivated.
Discuss with Nancy Skinner the lore and history of Mt.Tam as you view many of the POIs to talk about.


The "Crookedest Railroad in the World", was right here? Who was Alice Eastwood? Where was the, Tavern on Tamalpais, the Dance Hall and Hotel? 

How did the Mtn. Play get started in 1913? Then evolve into performing the Broadway musicals staged here each year at the Mountain's outdoor amphitheater; in May & June? Who built Mtn.Theater and how did they do it? 

Nancy Skinner is the oral historian for Mt.Tam and will tell you all about it.

Meet Nancy at the small Visitors Center located just off the East Peak Parking Lot. Parking fee is $8.00. 

Driving time from Fwy.101 to East Peak is forty minutes in light traffic. But travelling during peak recreational traffic time could take longer. Allow an hour  after leaving the freeway to be on time. FMT events leave as scheduled.

This walking tour is ideal for all. If you have out of town guests and are looking for a great tourist experience this will not disappoint. Stop in Mill Valley on your return trip for dining and small Calif. village, ambiance.  

What to bring; wear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots. Bottle of water. Sun protection. Light snacks only, available at East Peak. It can get very hot and/or be very windy.

Here is the most delightful and my most favorite video. It casts a spell just be patient. <click. It is a charming remembrance of a time past from those who lived then.

After the Verna Dunshee walk, the adventurous may want to go up to the mountain top. \/

For an Informative, Narrated Slide-Show of Things to Do While at East Peak click here.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    No worries! It all worked out fine!

    May 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Again, sorry for the confusion. It was sort of a comedy of errors because I started seeing all of these messages in which people thought "I" (Nancy H) was canceling the hike, but I was out and about with my phone and couldn't figure out how to post a comment on my phone.

    May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds absolutely wonderful. I had really been looking forward to it, darn it. Glad you ended up with a decent crowd.

    May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    There was confusion when another member named Nancy said she wasn't going and a couple of us thought Nancy Skinner was canceling. I went anyway with a friend of mine, and Daisy was the only other Friends of Mt. Tam person to show. Fortunately, we "picked up" a few extras who just happened to be there, so the walk was very pleasant as a result. It was very slow paced, so after the "official" walk, we took our own walk to the peak. That was great!

    May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to have caused any confusion, but it looks like you figured out that I am not the Nancy who was leading the hike. :)

    May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    DARN - I'm so very sorry! I missed the last one and now missed this one. I'm in the middle of preparing to go out of town for some work that needs to get done sooner than I'd thought - stressed and distracted. It's happening right now, but I just now got the reminder, or I would have been there with bells on!

    May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry that I won't be able to make it today. I look forward to doing this hike another time.

    May 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Is there someone taking your place? I'm really disappointed!

      May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow...I was going because Nancy was going to give a talk. Is this still happening? Can someone advise if it's still "on" and if someone else is leading the hike?

    May 17, 2014

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