Mt. Tamalpais Hike

June 3, 2006

Rock Springs to East Peak

Summary:

This is a moderate hike with approximately 1000 feet elevation gain and approximately 8 miles round trip. Hiking time should be approximately 4 hours plus some time for some lunch on top. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring two quarts of water, snacks, lunch, and warm clothes (in case it gets cold) in a small backpack.

We will start at the Rock Springs Picnic Area at the junction of Pantoll Road and East Ridgecrest Blvd. From there we will hike on the Rock Springs Trail to the Mountain Theater and to the West Point Inn. From there we take the Railroad Trail and then the Fern Creek Trail to the East Peak parking lot. Finally, we take the trail to the top.

 Directions:

 We will meet to carpool at the Safeway at Market and Church in the Castro in San Francisco on Saturday, June 3rd at 9 AM. We can meet others at the trailhead at 10 AM.

 From San Francisco , follow Highway 101 north across the Golden Gate Bridge and proceed about four miles north to the state highway 1 exit to Stinson Beach . Follow state highway 1 west past Mill Valley, then uphill three or four miles until you reach the Panoramic Highway, which splits off to the right. Follow the Panoramic Highway for about five and a half miles to Pan Toll (go straight at the four-way intersection a mile along the Panoramic Highway). At five miles you will pass Bootjack picnic area, and will be getting near to Pan Toll. At Pan Toll, turn right uphill toward the summit. Wind along the hillside for about a mile to where the West Ridge road turns off to the left. The gravel parking area at Rock Spring is right here, and obvious.

 

 

 

 

 


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Trail Description:

 Cross Ridgecrest Boulevard and follow the signs east and then north to Mountain Theater. The theater features 3500 rock seats and is used for weddings and outdoor plays. Rock Springs Trail is spent in comfortable shade, bordered by ferns and bay laurel and crossing three bridges. Approach Westpoint Inn at 4.5 miles, a stately stone lodge tucked in the forest and accentuated by views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island in the background. Find the signed Old Railroad Grade Fire Road Trail near this architecturally significant but long-deserted structure and resume climbing.

 Pass colonies of orange bush monkeyflower and then pause at a sign noting Westpoint Inn where a grand Douglas fir foregrounds Alcatraz Island , the Bay Bridge , and skyscrapers. The old dirt road stays mostly level amid chaparral until it reaches the visitor center. Several oak types and some Douglas fir adorn the vistas now sweeping westward to the ocean. Reach the summit parking lot, and then gain 400 feet in elevation along the rocky trail to East Peak .

 Sit amongst the numerous boulder clusters and admire well-deserved views. The chaotic jumble atop East Peak was slowly created when the westward-moving North American plate clashed with the eastward- moving Farallon plate. Most of the rocks here consist of serpentine, sandstone radiolarian chert, and quartz.

 

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