Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hiking Mount Tamalpais

Well this post was LONG overdue. I guess now that I'm moving to San Fran, you'll be seeing more of these but this post has been in my draft list for MONTHS. The last time I visited, we decided to hike Mount Tamalpais in Marrin Country.

A little about the mountain:
Just north of San Francisco's Golden Gate is Mount Tamalpais.  It has redwood groves and oak woodlands with a spectacular view from the 2,571-foot peak.

 On a clear day, visitors can see the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco and the bay, hills and cities of the East Bay, and Mount Diablo. On rare occasions, the Sierra Nevada's snow-covered mountains can be seen 150 miles away. 

 Coastal Miwok Indians lived in the area for thousands of years before Europeans arrived. In 1770, two explorers named the mountain La Sierra de Nuestro Padre de San Francisco, which was later changed to the Miwok word Tamalpais. 

With the Gold Rush of 1849, San Francisco grew and more people began to use Mount Tamalpais for recreation. Trails were developed and a wagon road was built. Later, a railway was completed and became known as "The Crookedest Railroad in the World." It was abandoned in 1930 after a wildfire damaged the line.

 More than 50 miles of hiking trails are within the park and connect to a larger, 200 mile long trail system.

SO yeah…we hiked all the way to the top! I won't say that there wasn't A LOT of complaining on my part, I wasn't expecting such steep path to the top.

This really was beautiful on the way up

Found this really weird spray painted picture on the side of a water tank


So far up there!

That's the city way back in the back

At the top! This is an old ranger station.

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