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Franks Valley Horse Camp Loop (Southern Marin), 8mi/1300ft.

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  • Frank Valley Horse Camp

    Muir Woods Rd, Muir Beach, CA (map)

    37.876026 -122.582436

  • Meet at the fire gate to Frank's Valley Horse Camp on the east edge of Santos Meadow. Click on the map above and the pointer shows you exactly the place to meet.
  • Today is all about facing the sun and enjoying landscape views on a mixture of single track trails and dirt fire roads. Thirteen hundred feet uphill is worth the climb to reach an idyllic viewpoint for lunch on Cardiac Hill (This doesn't intimidate us Wanderers.) Our route winds up through an old heather farm and climbs up steadily with ocean views and returns east via the Dipsea and Redwood Creek trails.


    From Hwy 101 near Sausalito, go West on Hwy 1.  From Hwy 1, take a right on Panoramic Hwy and head towards Muir woods. After about a mile, Panoramic Hwy intersects at a "T" junction with Sequoia Valley Road on the right, and there you turn left downhill on Muir Woods Road. After about a mile and number of hairpin turns, you'll pass the Muir Woods entrance station and parking lots. Continue about a mile more and look for the large Santos Meadow with a closed gate to the horse camp on your right. There's parking near the gate on the shoulder (of the road, not the horse ).

     Please read and be familiar with the guidelines of the group as listed below.  It’s important before you come on a Wanderer hike that you agree and are prepared with the following.

     As always:

    We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time.   If you are in the lead you will end up waiting at trail junctions.  If you are in the back you will be asked to do your best to keep up with the group and at waiting points the group may move on as soon as you are within sight.  Our pace averages 2.5-3mph.  We do get separated from time to time as everyone walks their own pace but please bear in mind that you will need to be able to stay within a reasonable distance from the group.  Make sure this is something you are prepared for and would enjoy.

    TO BRING:  Your hiking safety essentials as well as layered clothing, water and food appropriate to the outing as mentioned below.

    Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments to the hike details.  Cancellations or any adjustments will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.

    Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time. That is the time we head out on the trail.  

    Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.Duration: 4.5 hours

    Facilities: Only off trail

    Dogs: No

    Bring plenty of water.  More than one bottle is usually a good idea.

    Dress in layers; weather by the coast can be very changeable.  

    Bring lunch or a snack for our break at the summit.

    Bring your smile and great attitude!  We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!

    Car pool etiquette- First and foremost....come prepared to drive.  We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up. We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work!

    General rule of thumb for riders...$5 one hour or less to trail head, $8 over one hour to trail head. Please insist your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas's the wear and tear on the vehicle. We like to take care of our drivers!

    PLEASE, if possible try to use the locations below. 

    Car pool locations:

    SANTA ROSA: Coddingtown Mall parking lot in front of the Coddingtown library to leave by 7:50am

    PETALUMA: Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:10am

    See you on the trail!

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  • Maribel

    Anybody Petaluma?

    10h ago

  • michele

    Santa Rosa carpool anyone?

    12h ago

  • Lisa B

    I have to cancel. Just have too much work to catch-up on.


  • cindi e.

    Question about this wonderful midweek hike(that some of us worker bees miss!)...Leigh would this be easy to follow if I did it solo? It sounds like a great hike! Is there a trail map that leads to 'cardiac hill', the trail you all will be doing? (I'm thinking the names will be pulmonary rd, and left on ventricle, right on aorta...)
    Thank you when you have a chance!! : )

    November 29

    • John H.­ Site for National Parks and Monuments. Pick up your lifetime pass for $10 while there. You might also need to check with Marin Water District site.

      1 · 2 days ago

    • John H.

      also Mt. Tam State Park surrounds part of the National Monument. But maps are available on line. Google has virtual tours of most of that area as well.

      1 · 2 days ago

  • Joyce T.

    Sorry I have a conflict on this date. Have a great hike !

    4 days ago

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