What we're about

Welcome to our group! We are a group of outgoing friendly hikers We enjoy hiking in the local bay area, mostly North Bay. Our hikes tend to be between 10 to 16 miles, at a faster pace and more strenuous. Most hikes will start early sometimes at 7 am, 8 am or 9 am. We usually are done by early afternoon or noon so that you can get more done on the weekends. Early AM start times also help with social distancing and it is nice and cool outside in the summer.

For most hikes the pace is around 2.75 to 3 mph pace and you must be used to a cardio workout then this is the hiking for you. All of the hikes will have elevation gain; some more so than others. We are faster than a lot of other meetups so please be prepared for a workout but it is great fun. We urge people to use their energy to keep up. If you find that our pace is too fast I can recommend other groups that might be a better fit. All are welcome to try us out.

I describe the hikes as Moderate or Strenuous. Moderate hikes are less than 10 miles and only one uphill with gentle grade. A strenuous hike can have 2 uphills or one very steep uphill and is usually more than 10 miles with the exception of Taylor Mountain.

I also plan road trips which include hiking and camping in a specific location such as the Pinnacles or Mount Lassen.

Things to remember: please wait at all junctions. If you can't make it to a hike please RSVP yourself out more than 24 hours prior to the event. If you do not show up but do not change your RSVP to no you will be removed from the group. I have to wait list people now and it is unfair to people on the waitlist if others take a spot but don't show up. We start on time out of respect for the people who show up so please leave early from home to allow for things like traffic. If you RSVP for a hike please show up or take your self out so that someone else on the waitlist can get in 24 hours or more prior to the hike.

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Upcoming events (5)

Muddy Hallow trail head to Mount Vision Exploritory 7 to 10 miles

I just found out the Limantour road is open and so are the trails north of the road. Muddy Hallow trailhead is open. Drive all the way down Limantour road like you are going to the beach. Across from the youth hostel is a dirt road to the Muddy Hallow trail head. WE will be taking Muddy Hallow Road to Bayview trail up hill then Inverness Ridge trail to the top of Point Reyes hill, down Bucklin back on Muddy Hallow back to our cars. We will get to finish on a downhill and a flat trail. Depending on time we can visit the beach afterwards to relax and enjoy it. there is no running water or facilities on the hike. Please bring enough water for 10 miles and snacks. Some areas of the hike might be exposed so bring and wear sun screen if needed. Parts of the trail might be overgrown so be prepared for that as well. Please social distance and wear a mask if needed. By signing up for this hike, you agree to the following: I recognize that there are risks associated with participating in group hikes. I assume full responsibility for personal injury to myself, including disease-carrying insect bites and snake bites. I agree to indemnify and release from liability the leaders of this group against all claims, causes of action, damages, judgments, costs or expenses, including attorney fees which may arise.

North Slope Trail to Sonoma Ridge trail 16 miles, moderate grade but long

North Slope Regional Park

We'll start at the North Slope Regional Park trailhead and hike the North Slope Trail to Haystacks Trail > Cowens Meadows Trail > Mountain trail > Sonoma ridge trail loop > mountain trail, Haystacks trail and North Slope trail back to our cars. There is an option to also do a shorter hike for people who want 10 miles or 8 miles. We will hike up the Sonoma Mountain Regional Park North Slope trail and then go down hill on the Haystacks trail to Cowen's meadow and to the Sonoma Ridge trail for a lollipop hike through some gorgeous woods and then back on the North Slope trail to our cars. If you like views (hopefully not too much smoke) and forests, and friends than this is the hike for you. It is strenuous due to the distance but the grades are mostly moderate going up hill on gentle switchbacks through the forests. DON'T TRUST YOUR GPS. PLEASE READ THE DRIVING DIRECTIONS! Driving Directions from Santa Rosa at Farmers Lane: Follow Bennett Valley Road and turn right onto to Sonoma Mountain Road. About 3 miles up, there's a right turn with a sign to the trailhead. The turn is at 5297 Sonoma Mountain Road. It's easy to miss, see the pictures below. The trailhead is a short distance up the road after you make the turn. Please allow extra time to find it if this is your first time. Driving directions from 101 coming from the south: Go north on 101 past Petaluma and at Rohnert Park take Rohnert Park express way off ramp turning right towards the east. Take express way to the end and turn right on Petaluma Hill road and drive south about 2 to 3 miles till you get to Roberts lane and make a left turn on Roberts Lane and stay on that. Roberts lane will turn into Pressley. Stay on Road till you get to Sonoma Mountain road and then make a right turn on Sonoma Mountain Road and drive about 1 to 2 miles till you see the sign for Sonoma Mountain North Slope Regional Park. Please allow extra time to find the trailhead. There is a $7 parking fee per vehicle at the trailhead. Sorry but dogs are not allowed on the trail. Info about North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park can be found here: https://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Visit/North-Sonoma-Mountain-Regional-Park-and-Preserve/ Non-member guests are not permitted. Please encourage them to join the group. Covid precautions: - DO NOT attend if you are sick, coughing, sneezing, or have been around anyone who is sick. - Bring / wear a mask and be prepared to social distance. - No sharing of food or drink - Carpooling is discouraged unless you live in the same household Be sure to check back here before Saturday for any changes or for cancellation. If you sign up but can't attend, please take yourself out at least 24 hours in advance. No shows will be removed from the group. Ticks are in the woods! Long pants, long sleeve shirts, hats and repellent are recommended. By signing up for this hike, you agree to the following: I recognize that there are risks associated with participating in group hikes. I assume full responsibility for personal injury to myself, including disease-carrying insect bites and snake bites. I agree to indemnify and release from liability the leaders of this group against all claims, causes of action, damages, judgments, costs or expenses, including attorney fees which may arise.

Indian tree open space preserve/Moderate 7 miles

Indian Tree Open Space Preserve

Please bring a mask and social distancing as necessary Dogs are allowed on leash. This is a great hike for dog owners. The grades are gentle and shaded. This hike climbs (1400 feet) to one of the highest points in North Marin. There are some views but this hike is mostly walking through and under the trees. It offers several groves of redwoods, great views and beautiful wildflowers in the spring. It is reminiscent of Pomo Canyon out on the coast but is much closer to home. this hike starts at 8am.The wonderful thing about this hike is the shade and the trails are soft and the grade is gradual uphill and down hill. There is no running water on the hike nor restrooms so please bring enough water and a snack. At the top of the climb we will be treated to gorgeous views and enjoy a nice lunch break. there is no running water on this hike nor restrooms so prepare accordingly. The grade is gradual and mostly in the shade. Directions: From Hwy 101 in Novato go West on San Marin Dr. to Novato Blvd. Continue straight on Sutro Ave. Where Sutro ends in a "T" intersection take a right on Vineyard Rd to the hilltop where the road turns to dirt and there is an open space sign on the left. Park along the shoulder of the road. Please be on time. We leave 10 minutes after the posted meet-up time after circling up so that it is fair to those of us are on time. Please change your RSVP no more than 24 hours in advance if you cannot make it. If you do not tale your self out of the hike more than 24 hours in advance or simply not show up you will be removed from the grpup. We have to think about the people on the wait liat. Tick season is here! Long pants, long-sleeve shirts, hats, tick repellent and common-sense precautions while hiking are advised! By signing up for this hike, you agree to the following: I recognize that there are risks associated with participating in group hikes. I assume full responsibility for personal injury, including disease-carrying insect bites and snake bites, to myself and family members. I agree to indemnify and release from liability the leaders of this group against all claims, causes of action, damages, judgments, costs or expenses, including attorney fees which may arise.

Marin Headlands 5 beaches 16.5 miles 3800 ft Elev Very Strenuous

Tennessee Valley Trailhead

This is a tour of the many beaches in the Marin Headlands and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The distance is approx. 16.5 miles (could be more or less depending on if you want to go to the beaches themselves where I plan to stop for breaks and photos). The hike is very strenuous with 3800 ft of elevation gain. We will move fast on this hike, but I will give time for people to go uphill as we will need to conserve some energy to get through this hike. This is a new hike for Sea and Mountain. Let's see some fantastic views and visit new places! DESCRIPTION: Starting at Tennessee Valley, we will hike in order to Muir beach, Pirates Cove beach, Tennessee Cove beach, Rodeo beach, South Rodeo beach (Tyler's beach), and finally Black Sands beach. From there we will hike back up through the heart of the Marin Headlands back to the parking area. On the way there are also some batteries and amazing cliffside ocean views. This will be bit of an adventure as a first time hike, but should be fun. CHECK EMAIL AND WEBSITE: Check your email at 7 pm the evening before the hike at 6 am prior to the hike. MEET: 8:00 am SHARP to depart at Tennessee Valley (by the stables) DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 101 Exit Hwy 1-Muir Woods-Stinson Beach. Drive west on Hwy 1 for 0.5 mile and turn left on Tennessee Valley Road. Drive 2 miles to end of road and park in large gravel lot below stables. DISTANCE AND ELEVATION GAIN: Moderate pace, 16.5 miles +/-, +3850’. Carpooling not really recommended. Please remember to bring a mask and social distance it necessary. limit 12 people. Please sign up only if you intend to go. If you can't make it please RSVP out more than 24 hours in advance. By signing up for this hike, you agree to the following: I recognize that there are risks associated with participating in group hikes. I assume full responsibility for personal injury, including disease-carrying insect bites, to myself and family members. I agree to indemnify and release from liability the leaders of this group against all claims, causes of action, damages, judgments, costs or expenses, including attorney fees which may arise.

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