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Denice’s Favorite Hike within 45 minutes of San Francisco: The PaloMarin Trail

Posted By Denice Barsness, Friday, March 1, 2013
Updated: Friday, March 1, 2013

 

Approximately 45 minutes from San Francisco, at the southernmost tip of the Point Reyes National Seashore you will find the Palomarin Trailhead. Depending on your abilities and desire, you can take a day hike to the Alamere falls, about 5.5 miles from the start of the trailhead. Or, take an out-and-back hike on the Coast Trail, turning around at whatever point you like. The bulk of the trail is flat, with only mild undulations in a few spots. At nearly all times the Pacific Ocean will regale you on your left side, with majestic coastal forests on your other side. The entire loop is a moderate 10 mile semi-loop hike. Alert: Bikes and dogs are not allowed on the trails. Poison oak thrives here, so no scrambling! Trail conditions on the coast can change rapidly so bring layers and appropriate rain gear. The coastal cliffs are unstable. Obey the signs and view the falls from safety points- these are well marked and should be observed!

This is an all day hike. Head out in the morning, pack a lunch and have an unforgettable California Coastal experience. Sunset in April will be around 7:00 p.m.- if you find yourself on the trail as the sun goes down you will be treated to a memorable event backlighting the Farallon Islands.

Top off your day by stopping in Stinson Beach and having dinner and wine at the Sand Dollar Inn, established 1926.

Getting there:
From US 101 in Marin County, exit CA 1/Mill Valley/Stinson Beach. Drive on Shoreline Highway to the junction with Almonte, about 1 mile. Turn left on CA 1 and drive about 2.5 miles to the junction with Panoramic. Continue straight on CA 1 about 13 miles to an unsigned junction with Olema-Bolinas Road (just past Bolinas Marsh). Turn left. Drive 0.1 mile to a T intersection with Olema-Bolinas Road, turn left, drive about 1 mile to the junction with Horseshoe Hill Road, and again, turn left. Drive to the next stop sign, then turn right onto Mesa Road. Drive about 4 miles, then continue the last 1 mile on the dirt road to the trailhead at the end of the road.

GPS coordinates for trailhead:
Latitude 37°56'3.27"N
Longitude 122°44'50.79"W

 

 
 
Denice Barsness; CRA, COMT, ROUB, FOPS
 
 

Tags:  blog  cute  education  Educational Meeting  Hike  Ice Breakers  Interactive  Meaningful Use  Mid-Year  PaloMarin Trail  PDC  San Francisco  Travel 

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James Soque CRA OCT-C COA says...
Posted Friday, March 1, 2013
That is amazing Denise!
I'm packing my 'Keen's' and a water bottle!
~Oh, and a camera too...
Great, great post,
Jim
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Paula F. Morris CRA FOPS says...
Posted Friday, March 15, 2013
OMG! What beautiful scenery.
Thanks, Denice - sounds like a wonderful addition to a great meeting!
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