Date: Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Phone: 415) 888-2474
From the West Blithedale Gate in Mill Valley, we meander along picturesque Old Railroad Grade Fire Road to Corte Madera Creek Trail - a singletrack trail resplendent with canopies of tall Redwoods, Oak and Bay trees, and elegant ferns settled near the creek’s edge. Corte Madera Trail provides us with the elevation gain needed to make our way to the ridge top. At the end of Corte Madera Creek Trail we select either Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Road or Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail (which features Echo Rock) to complete the last leg up to Blithedale Ridge Fire Road, commonly referred to as the Roller Coaster. We continue eastward to enjoy spectacular panoramas in all directions.
Blithedale Ridge offers what many consider to be the most spectacular views of Mount Tamalpais, as well as fabulous vistas of Mill Valley and Richardson Bay, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Ross, San Anselmo and Bald Hill, Mount Diablo and the East Bay, and San Francisco, which when viewed from this perspective brings to mind the Emerald City in the movie classic, The Wizard of Oz.
If desired this hike can be extended or modified to avoid difficult terrain. (Hiking time alterations are subject to price change.)
Skill level: Moderate. Should be comfortable on steep singletrack trails with occasional stream crossings, weather and water flow permitting. Trail/hiking shoes recommended.
Special considerations: Dogs must be leashed for segments of this tour.
Meet-up 1/2hr before tour @ Illumigarden, 35 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941, United States map
Cost: $59 per person. Meet-up 1/2 hour before tour @ Illumigarden, 35 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley CA 94941