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MARCH 24, SATURDAY: MT. TAM - MULTIPLE WATERSHEDS & A WONDERFUL HIDDEN WATERFALL
Leader: Gary Weiss (415)279-5570 email@example.com. Meet: 8:30am By Starbucks under the Safeway sign at Market & Dolores. Depart 8:45. Rating: Strenuous, 12.5 miles, 2500 feet elevation gain. This hike is a variant of one of the prettiest hikes I've ever led. On a scale of 1 - 10, with 10 being the most difficult, this hike would fall between an 8 and a 9. The reason for the "possibly" in the title is that I'm writing this description in February, and it hasn't rained since 1976. But - if it does, it'll be spectacular. (Update: it has rained and it is spectaclular.) We'll begin at Lake Lagunitas parking area in the Marin Watershed. With a few exceptions, all of the trails we'll take are unmapped and very unofficial. We'll follow the West Fork of Lake Lagunitas, through a kind of obstacle course to the waterfall. From there we'll follow more obscure trails up to and across Rock-Springs Lagunitas Fire Rd. to descend along Van Wyck Creek. We'll then go past Hidden Lake before heading across Swede George Creek which we'll follow up, passing Foul Pool and eventually hitting Really Hidden Lake (as opposed to Hidden Lake). The Really version is far more spectacular and remote. We'll then be back on Van Wyck creek, passing Grassy Flats and eventually Bon Tempe dam. We'll cross the dam and continue around the north (Sunnyside Trail) side of Bon Tempe, making our way back to Lake Lagunitas parking area. Hopefully there will be plenty of water in the creeks. It should be the peak of Spring wildflower season. If heavy rain we'll cancel. If a mild drizzle we will still go but may alter the route a bit. Bring: Lots of water, sturdy hiking shoes, lunch, snacks, layers and sunscreen. Also bring a spare pair of socks in case the ones you're wearing get wet crossing the creek. Canceled in event of heavy rain. Driving distance 54.8 miles round trip. Carpooling cost: $9.00 per passenger. (includes $7 tolls and $8 per-car entrance fees). Alternate meeting place: If you'd prefer to meet at the trailhead, exit 101 at Sir Francis Drake Blvd/San Anselmo. Follow it for at least a couple of miles until you get to a very large intersection. Follow most of the cars bearing left to continue on Sir Francis Drake. Go about 1.5 miles until you pass the huge Good Earth grocery and then a tiny gas station, both on your left. Right after that take a quick left and an immediate right, passing the movie theatre. At the next corner turn left onto Bolinas Fairfax Rd. Go left shortly after the 7-11 to continue on BF Rd for 1 - 1.5 miles until you see a sign on the left that says Lake Lagunitas. Take this to the left. Shortly there will be a pay station. After paying, continue on the paved road all the way to the end. We'll meet you right across the porta-potty area in the center of the lot. Here's a Google Maps link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lake+Lagunitas+Picnic+Grounds,+Californiafirstname.lastname@example.org,-122.6001196,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x808596cc470b2f79:0x18e89e0e3add7062!8m2!3d37.9493274!4d-122.5979256 We should arrive around 9:45 - 10. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU INTEND TO MEET US THERE.
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