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We're going back to Point Reyes! This time we’re going to Drakes Head where I’m told you can look down on the leopard sharks and bat rays from the bluff. (I can’t guarantee we’ll see them, but there is a good chance). We might also see gray whales out at sea passing by. This hike is about a 9-mile out and back, and it is mostly exposed, so sun protection is highly recommended. This hike is rated as moderate with a 1,030 elevation gain. A lot of the trail goes through cow pastures, so there will probably be cow pies along way… and cows. Bring lunch or snacks and water and a camera if you want. You also might want to bring binoculars for the sea-life viewing. Bring layers, as the air may become cooler as we approach the ocean. No pets. Please be in the parking lot by 10:00 a.m., and we will head out by 10:10. Parking is free but can fill. There is a restroom in the parking lot. If you RSVP as going on this hike and there is a waitlist behind you, and later find you are unable to attend, mark yourself as not going so someone who want to attend can.
After you’ve survived Black Friday and if you want hike off some of that Thanksgiving poundage, we can hike the Redbud Trail. We did this hike in the spring, and going back to see it in the fall will give us a different perspective as the trail meanders over the hills to Baton Flat. Also, if Cache Creek is low enough, we can cross it and hike on. What’s special about crossing the creek this time of year is Bald Eagles nest in the area. I’ve never seen them, but I know they’re there. There is also the possibility we may see Tule Elk as they roam freely in the area. The five mile out and back hike to Baton Flat is moderate, and there is climbing and descending. If we cross Cache Creek, trekking poles for balance would come in handy over the rocks, and crossing will extend the hike. Pack a lunch or snacks, and be sure to bring water, and you might want to bring a camera. No pets. If we cross the creek, you’ll probably want to bring a change of socks for when we get back, as your feet will probably get wet. Please arrive by 10 a.m., and we will start hiking no later than 10:10. There is restroom at the parking lot. Parking is free. Rain will cancel the meetup.
Every year I try to get out and hike on New Years Day. Rather than trying to fulfill a resolution, this is something I usually can accomplish. This year, I’ve decided to hike the Blue Ridge portion of the Homestead-Blue Ridge Loop near Winters that overlooks Lake Berryessa. Usually the hills are in the winter green, and there is water in the lake to look out upon. If it’s a clear day, you can look down into portions of the Sacramento Valley and also gaze upon the mountains to the north where you can sometimes see Snow Mountain and Mt. Konocti in the distance to the west. Make no mistake - this hike, if done at a proper pace can be done, but it is rated as strenuous, so you need to know your abilities. If you’ve partied hard the night before, I do not recommend you come on this hike. I’ve done this hike several times both whole and in part, and I may only go to the ridge and stop there before it becomes difficult, or I may go for a ways. This 5.29 mile hike is best done in the late fall, winter or early spring before the summer heat sets in. The steepest grate is 13% over 1.4 miles with an elevation gain of 1,383 feet. Though not necessary, trekking poles can come in handy on this hike. There is poison oak in places along the ridge, and it should be dormant, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t be adversely affected by it. Bring a lunch or snacks and water. There is no water on the trail, so bring more than you think you might need. Bring a camera and no pets. Dress in layers, as the wind has been known to blow pretty good on the ridge sometimes. Parking is free. Please arrive by 9 AM, and we will head out at 9:10. Rain will cancel this hike.
If you want to hike under the Redwoods, Mt. Tamalpais has you covered. This hike will start at Stenson Beach and hike up Steep Ravine Trail and loop back down on the Matt Davis Trail. On this nearly 7-mile loop, we will ascend 1,500 feet on over a 3.25 mile stretch on at an 8.6% grade. We will take our time as we hike among the redwoods and ferns, and if we're lucky, Webb Creek will be running next to us as we climb the Steep Ravine Trail. Once we start back down, we'll be at approximately 1,600 feet above sea level at our highest point, and we can stop and gaze out at the Pacific Ocean and possibly see the Farallon Islands as we descend. Though this hike is moderate, you need to know your abilities. There will be a ladder to climb at on point, and you may need trekking poles. There is some exposure on the hike, so sun protection is recommended. Also bring a lunch or snacks and plenty of water. Bring a camera if you like. Because there is the potential for waterfalls and running water along Steep Ravine Trail, rain WILL NOT cancel this hike if it is in the forecast, since it can enhance the water flowing experience. So you may want to bring rain protection. No pets. Please try to be in the parking lot by 10:00 a.m., and we will meet at the corner of Marine Way and Willow Camp Way in Stinson Beach, which is here:[masked], [masked] (just paste the coordinates into Google Maps) and we can head out by 10:15. Parking appears to be free. If you RSVP as going on this hike and there is a waitlist behind you and find that you are unable to attend, out of respect for those on the waitlist, please mark yourself as not going so someone who want to attend can.