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Mt Tam Anyone?
I explored a truncated version of this hike a couple weeks ago, and it was what you would expect from Mt Tam, lots of nice woods, views, creeks; just great stuff. I will be exploring the additional trails with you if they are new to you also.
This route starts at Cataract trailhead at the corner of Pantoll road and East/West Ridgecrest Blvd. Drops slowly down to Alpine lake then marches over the hill crossing the saddle near west peak before returning to the trailhead. There are so many trails within this part of the park, the actual route possibilities are just about endless. Below is a rough idea of elevation and miles taken from a topo - hiking map. There is approximately 2000' of elevation gain. We all know Mt Tam area can get crowded quickly, so 9:30 is about as late as i would want to start.
The Hike: Mt Tam - Cataract - Alpine Lk - Helen Markt - Kent Trails - W. Peak Saddle - Etc
When: 9:30 AM, Sunday, May 20, 2012
Where: Mt Tam, Mill Valley, CA
Length: Approximately 9.5 - 10 miles
Starting Elevation: 1972 ft
Ending Elevation: 1972 ft
Terrain: Woods, Meadows, Chaparral.
Scenery: Woods, Creeks, Alpine lake, Mountains.
Facilities: Outhouse at trail-head
Meeting Location: Cataract Trail-head at end of corner of Pantoll road and East Ridgecrest Blvd. Searching google maps for "pantoll road and east Ridgecrest Blvd" yielded the accurate location. From Pantoll station, take Pantoll road until it ends at Ridgecrest blvd and the trail-head.
Meeting Location Parking: Free. Paved lot.
Mt Tam is used by lots of people and the drive out there is not short, carpooling is highly recommended.
Rohnert Park -Park and Ride, Rohnert Park expressway and 101 S "Rohnert Park Expressway/Hwy. 101. Within southbound on-ramp area South of bridge." :
leave at 8:00am.
Petaluma Park Park and Ride,Lakeville St and 101 S:
leave at 8:15am. (39 miles and 56 mins according to google maps from here)
I will be swinging through both these locations and leaving at times above.
Trail-head depart Time: We should be on the trail by 9:30am.
While you are ultimately responsible for your own comfort and safety, I suggest:
Bring plenty of water! This hike could get warm.
Bring layered clothing. It could be hot or it could be cold overcast and windy or rainy.
Wear sturdy shoes/boots. Terrain is woods and rocky.
Bring plenty of food.
Don’t attempt the hike unless you are confident it is a reasonable hike for you.
I also request that you
Are courteous and respectful of others.
Bring a positive attitude and open mind.
Take responsibility for yourself.
Come ready for a good day.
Note: you can click on the "Mt Tamalpais/Rock Spring (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Pan+Toll+Rd+%26amp%3B+Ridgecrest+Blvd%2C+Southwest+Marin%2C+CA)" in the location section above to see a map of the trail-head parking lot.