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Guided Walks and Hikes

Join Mt Tamalpais hike docents for a hike along the trails of Mt Tamalpais. Enjoy outdoor exercise while learning about the cultural and natural history of the park. Hikes include a lunch/snack stop.

Come prepared! Wear good hiking shoes/boots. Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks.

No pets allowed unless otherwise stated.

January 2018

Saturday, January 27, 9:30am. "A Special Place Called Mt Tam" with docent Santi Abascal. Meet at Mt Home trailhead. Regular, 5-7 miles.

Sunday, January 28, 9:30am. "January Early Plants" -  Led by docent Robert Freinkel. Meet at Rock Spring trailhead. Moderate, 7-10 miles.

February 2018

Saturday, February 3,  9:30am. “Mindfulness in Nature” with docent Alexandra Jurasin. Meet at Pantoll Parking Lot. Easy (2-4 miles). Kids friendly.  This walk is offered in collaboration with the Healthy Parks Healthy People Bay Area program.

Saturday, February 3, 9:30am. "Sounds and silence in Nature" with docent Rosalind Gottfried. Rosalind will be meeting the group in Stinson Beach parking lot, where bathrooms are. There will be a sign that says FMT hike.  The group will hike up the Dipsea and Steep Ravine trails to Pantoll and come down the Matt Davis trail, for a 7 mile loop.  Moderate pace. 

Sunday, February 4, 11am. “Biodiversity & Trees of Tam” with docent Catherine Orland. Meet at Stinson Beach Parking Lot near Parkside Cafe’. This will be the second of a monthly series of hikes. This will be a moderate/challenging ~8 mile hike starting and ending at Stinson Beach, featuring about 2000 feet of elevation gain. State Parks Volunteer/Mt Tam docent, Catherine Orland will discuss the biodiversity of Mt. Tam through its trees and habitats. Limited to 25 participants, 1st come, 1st served.

Saturday, February 10, 9:30am. “Grounding Steps” with docent Marie Bush. Meet at Pantoll Parking Lot. Easy (2-4 miles). Kids friendly. This walk is offered in collaboration with the Healthy Parks Healthy People Bay Area program.

Saturday, February 10, 9:30am. “Mt Tam History” with docent Robert Feist. Meet at Balllou Point along West Ridgecrest Blvd.. Moderate hike (7-9 miles).

Sunday, February 11, 9:30am. “Colors and Patterns of Nature” with docent Deborah Coburn. We are surrounded by genius! After 3.8 billion years of R&D, Nature has figured out what works, what lasts. Walking along, we will look carefully to see some of Nature’s color and design strategies in action. We will discuss how these strategies accomplish what they have evolved to do. Easy (2-5 miles).

Saturday, February 17, 9:30am. “Creeks on Tam” with docent Ernie Castiaux. Meet at Bootjack Parking Lot. Moderate hike (7-9 miles).

Sunday, February 18, 9:30am. “West Peak History” with docent Franklin Young. Meet at Rock Spring. Moderate hike (7-9 miles).

Sunday, February 18, 11am. "Water". Walk next to the creeks and water sources with docent Shahryar Shahsavari. As water can be calm, and peaceful, it can be also speedy in a white water fashion. Similarly the hike will follow the pace of water and will be at times speedy with a cardio aspect to it, and at times will slow down into breathing meditation, listening to the water. Meet at Rock Spring. Regular hike (7 miles), fast paced. You need some good form to participate on this hike.

Monday, February 19, 9:30am. “Crookedest Railroad” with docent Franklin Young. Meet at Mt Home parking lot. Moderate (7-9 miles).

Saturday, February 24, 9:30am. “Trees” with docent Maria De La Fuente. Meet at Pantoll Parking Lot. Moderate hike (7-9 miles).

Sunday, February 25, 9:30am. “Health and Happiness” with docent Tracy Stuart. Meet at Rock Spring. Regular hike (5-7 miles).

March 2018

Saturday March 3 from Pantoll @9:30am “What is Shinrin-Yoku?” with docent Nancy Benjamin. Easy (2-4 miles). This walk is offered in collaboration with the Healthy Parks Healthy People Bay Area program.

Saturday March 3 from Stinson Beach  @9:30am “A Special Place Called Mt Tam” , with docent Santiago Abascal. Moderate

Sunday March 4 from Rock Spring @9:30am, “Mountain Views” with docent Tom Dewey. Moderate

Saturday March 10 from Mt Home @9:30am “Trees”, with docent Maria de la Fuente. Regular

Sunday March 11 from Stinson Beach parking lot  @11am, “Biodiversity & Trees of Tam”, with docent Catherine Orland. Meet at Stinson Beach Parking Lot near Parkside Cafe’. This will be the third of a monthly series of hikes. This will be a moderate/challenging ~8 mile hike starting and ending at Stinson Beach, featuring about 2000 feet of elevation gain. State Parks Volunteer/Mt Tam docent, Catherine Orland will discuss the biodiversity of Mt. Tam through its trees and habitats. Limited to 25 participants, 1st come, 1st served.

Saturday March 17 from Pantoll @9:30am  “Redwoods” with docent Lizzy Silverstein Easy (2-4 miles). This walk is offered in collaboration with the Healthy Parks Healthy People Bay Area program.

Saturday March 17 from Rock Spring @9:30am, “Mindfulness in Nature” , with docent Alexandra Jurasin Regular.

Sunday March 18 from White Gate @9:30am , “Redwoods”, with docent Madelyn Misite. Moderate.

Saturday March 24 from Stinson Beach @9:30am,  “To Save a Mountain” with docent Lizzy Silverstein. Regular.

Sunday March 25 from Rock Spring @9:30am  “Wildflowers” with docent Robert Freinkel. Moderate

Saturday March 31 from Rock Spring @9:30am,  “Calypso Orchids”, with docent Pat Ernsberger. Regular.