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Samuel P Taylor State Park, Winter Retreat

February 16-18, 2018
Hosts: Troy and Amy

Marin County has over 185,000 acres of protected land and hundreds of miles of trails. Eventually, WR will have hiked them all!

The Hikes

Friday - Start Time 2:00
Maurice Thorner Memorial and Roy’s Redwoods Open Space Preserves

Level: 2 Moderate - Miles: 4.5 - Elevation Gain: 500’

Friday afternoon we’ll check out a couple of Marin County Open Space Preserves on the north side on San Geronimo Valley. We’ll drive from camp back east on Sir Francis Drake a few miles and park at the end of Lagunitas School Road. A foot bridge over Nicasio Valley Road connects the two parks.

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Cross Marin Trail and Bolinas Ridge Loop

Level: 3 Challenging - Miles: 10.75 - Elevation Gain: 900’

Saturday’s hike takes us along Lagunitas Creek in Samuel P Taylor State Park on the Cross Marin Trail and up Jewell Trail to Bolinas Ridge Fire Road in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. From Bolinas Ridge we’ll have views of Tomales Bay in the distance and across the San Andreas Rift Zone to Inverness Ridge in Point Reyes National Seashore. On the leg back down we’ll be on the Shafter Grade Trail which lies in Marin County Water District land.

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Getting There

Directions: From San Jose - Take I-880 N to I-580 W. Cross the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge and merge onto Hwy 101 N. Take exit 452 for central San Rafael. Turn left at the second traffic light, 3rd Street which becomes 4th Street and then Red Hill Ave. In 1.7 miles turn right on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Continue on Sir Francis Drake Blvd for 12 miles to the park. Do not turn at Camp Taylor but rather continue past this entrance to the Madrone Group Camp which will be the next right.

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Contact Troy at (925) 785-2238 or to arrange payment and reserve a spot.

As long as no one is in the site on Thursday night, we should be able to arrive earlier than the official 2:00 PM check-in. Our on-site Camp Host said he has no problem with us getting there as early as noon on Friday if the site is vacant. No need to check in at the entrance kiosk, the Camp Host will issue us our parking tags.

Drive Time: 1 hour 50 min – Camping Fee: $25
Dogs Allowed in camp and on the hikes.

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