San Jose, California
April 17, 2004
to Muir Beach
Tennessee Valley to Muir Beach
April 17, 2004
Just north of the Golden
Gate Bridge in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) sounds
like one of our conventions but not. At the center of the Marin Headlands,
Tennessee Valley is the Headlands most popular trailheads. There is a lot
of activity here including, horses on most trails, group camping, and yes
The Miyok trail named after the natives to this area will be our
starting point for this hike and take us up through a large and very
old grove of eucalyptus trees, and climb to a grassy peak with breathtaking
views of the headlands and its surrounding mountains and beaches. As you
hike along this awesome trail, breathe the invigorating fresh air made
fragrant by the coastal sage, catch a glimpse of an elusive bobcat, and listen
for the lonely sound of a foghorn. On our descent to our meeting place
we will pass by an organic farm and zen community.
Being this close to the Pacific Ocean and not visiting the beach would
be regretful to say least, so our hosts have set a course directly to the
historical Muir Beach. Known for its spectacular views in all directions,
it was use in the Second World War to monitor the coastline. On a clear
day to the south we can see San Francisco's Ocean Beach, Bolinas and
Point Reyes to the north and the Farallone Islands to the west.
Please remember to pick up a trail map at the visitor center.
From the South Bay travel
north to San Francisco and cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Follow Hiway
1 north towards Stinson Beach, take a left on Tennessee Valley Road follow
all the way to the end and there will be the parking lot. We will gather
near the visitor center which is well marked. Travel time from San Jose is
about 75 minutes. Do everyone a favor and allow even more time than that
to experience the scenery on the way here. Please carpool if possible, and
if you show up early help other members find their way.
Walking the Walk
Level 4, 2300 vertical feet, 6 miles, this will be challenging for most
but worth the effort. From the parking lot we will hike north on Miyok trail,
there will be lots of rolling hills, steep in some areas, so remember try
to pace your speed so you don't burn out before the hike is over. At the
top of Miyok we will follow Coyote Ridge Trail to Green Gulch down to Muir
Beach. From the beach we will take the coastal trail back to the parking
Before You Go
will be our first hike at this location, and we are very excited about this
one. This hike could prove to be challenging for most. Please remember this
when considering whether or not to take this hike. The trail is well maintained
and at many spots has railroad ties embedded into the earth for sure footed
climbing. Parking is free but space is limited so show up early. There are
no dogs allowed on this one. Please bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen,
trekking poles and walkie talkies if you have them.
We will be meeting at the visitor center and the leader will explain the
routes at that time, please pay attention and get a trail map to keep on your
person. We are scheduled to start the hike at 10:00am sharp so remember to
leave your homes with plenty of time to get here.
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