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MAY 6, SATURDAY: MT. TAM - WATERFALL, REALLY HIDDEN LAKE AND MULTIPLE WATERSHEDS

Leader: Gary Weiss (415)279-5570 garysfx@gmail.com. Meet: 8:45am By Starbucks under the Safeway sign at Market & Dolores. Depart 9:00. Rating: Strenuous, 11 miles, 2500 feet elevation gain. We'll begin at Lake Lagunitas parking area in the Marin Watershed. With a few exceptions, all of the trails we'll take are unmapped and very unofficial. We'll follow the West Fork of Lake Lagunitas, stepping over dozens of fallen tree trunks (easier than it sounds) to a gorgeous waterfall. From there we'll follow more obscure trails up to and across Rock Springs Lagunitas Fire Rd. to descend along Van Wyck Creek. We'll then go past Hidden Lake before heading across Swede George Creek which we'll follow up, passing Foul Pool and eventually hitting Really Hidden Lake (as opposed to Hidden Lake). The Really version is far more spectacular and remote. We'll then be back on Van Wyck creek, passing Grassy Flats and eventually Bon Tempe dam. We'll continue around the north and east side of the lake before arriving back at Lake Lagunitas parking lot. This route is similar to one we followed a little over a year ago - with some variations. It's about the prettiest route of any hike I've led. There should still be plenty of water in the creeks and the falls, and some late Spring wildflowers. Bring: Bring more water than you think you'll drink! Also, sturdy hiking shoes, lunch, snacks, layers and sunscreen - although we'll be mostly in the shade. Canceled in event of heavy rain. Driving distance 50.4 miles round trip. Carpooling cost: $8.00 per passenger. (includes $7 tolls and $8 per-car entrance fees). Alternate meeting place: If you'd prefer to meet at the trailhead, exit 101 at Sir Francis Drake Blvd/San Anselmo. Follow it for at least a couple of miles until you get to a very large intersection. Follow most of the cars bearing left to continue on Sir Francis Drake. Go about 1.5 miles until you pass the huge Good Earth grocery and then a tiny gas station, both on your left. Right after that take a quick left and an immediate right, passing the movie theatre. At the next corner turn left onto Bolinas Fairfax Rd. Go left shortly after the 7-11 to continue on BF Rd for 1 - 1.5 miles until you see a sign on the left that says Lake Lagunitas. Take this to the left. Shortly there will be a pay station. After paying, continue on the paved road all the way to the end. We'll meet you right across the porta-potty area in the center of the lot. Here's a Google Maps link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lake+Lagunitas+Picnic+Grounds,+California+94904/@37.9493274,-122.6001196,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x808596cc470b2f79:0x18e89e0e3add7062!8m2!3d37.9493274!4d-122.5979256 We should arrive around 10 - 10:15. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU INTEND TO MEET US THERE.


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