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San Jose, California
March 12, 2005
Mount Tamalpais State Park 
Day Trip
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March 12, 2005

Mount Tamalpais State Park 

Day Trip

Getting There

Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, continue north on Highway 101 to the Highway 1 turnoff (look for the Mt. Tamalpais State Park signs). It's pretty well-marked, but the road makes some twists and hooks; keep your eyes open. We are confident that a roadmap would give you good service on this trip. Turn right on Panoramic Highway and continue on Panoramic to the Mountain Home Inn. Park in the free lot across from the Inn. Parking is limited, so carpooling not only saves the air but guarantees parking for all. There are phones, bathrooms, and a great view in the area. Allow 2 hours from San Jose, depending on traffic. The Golden Gate Bridge has a $5 toll on the way back.

Walking the Walk

We'll gather on the fire road, aka Hog Back Trail, which is just up the road from the Mountain Home Inn. Look for hte Marin County Fire Department sign. There's no parking on the fire road. We climb up the fire road, and jsut past the fire station turn left onto the Matt Davis Trail, which takes us along the side of Mt. Tam and across some (hopefully) babbling streams. Then we climb up again on the Nora Trail to West Point Inn. This is a private B&B, but the bathrooms might be open. There's usaully maps, coffee and lemonade available at the Inn. You're more than half way there! Don't take the fire road below the Inn. Instead walk round the left side of the Inn and look for the Rock Spring Trail sign. We continue on the Rock Spring Trail along the side of the mountain again, past some scenic vistas to the Mountain Theatre for our meeting. Coming back, we'll go downhill on the steep Bootjack Trail to rejoin a different section of the Matt Davis Trail, which will take us back to the Inn. You can sit on the deck at the Inn and meditate on the view.

Know before you go

It's about 7 miles round trip, so with the couple short but steep parts, the hike rates a level 4. Bring lots of water, though there'll be places to refill your water bottles. There are no trail maps at the start, but plenty available on line or at your favorite hiking store or bookstore. Do bring a map-there are many trails on Tam, and it's nice to know the way home if you take a wrong turn. Mt. Tam is a watershed for Marin, but that doesn't stop feral pigs from digging. Still, no dogs are allowed. The mountain is a popular place for mountain bikers, but not on the trails we'll be on.

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