Hiking the Marin Headlands

For years I hiked the Marin Headlands, that area just north and west of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I often joined Katy’s group. She is a national Sierra Club leader and a much stronger hiker than myself.

My favorite spots were the Zen Center, Muir Beach, and Pirate’s Cove, the smallest beach in Marin County.

Here’s a slideshow turned into a video of a recent hike. Kee Yip produced it and it focuses strongly on plants.

The video is ten minutes long. I used the slider at the bottom to quickly move back and forth to scenes I was interested in.

Here’s how Katy describes that March 7, 2021 hike. By “batteries,” she means the various bunkers once built to house missiles for coastal defense.

“Hi Hikers, special thanks to Kee Yip for taking these incredible photos of our hike in Marin Headlands Sunday.

Kee captured the incredible scenery, the show of wildflowers, green hills and a wonderful group of hikers.

We began at Tennessee Valley and hiked up the Rhubarb Trail (wake robin trillium), continued up Oakwood Valley to the Sausalito overlook, on to Alta and SCA climbing the humpie over the Robin Williams Tunnel, down the Coastal and up to Slacker Hill (incredible wildflowers along this section of the coastal trail) for a beautiful overlook of Fort Baker and Golden Gate Bridge, on to Hawk Hill for more amazing views of the Golden Gate, and then hiked up several humpies to explore the batteries along the coast above Conzelman Drive, on to the Harbor Seal Overlook at Point Bonita Lighthouse (note the harbor seals hauled out on the rocks, tough life), across Rodeo Beach, up Wolf Ridge to explore more batteries above the coast and to enjoy more amazing views, and down Old Springs Trail (purple iris and yellow buttercups) to Tennessee Valley.

Note the incredible display of wildflowers: brown and gold Fetid Adders Tongue, gold Sun cups, red paintbrush, gold Oregon Grape Holly, white Fremont star lily, blue dick, pink checker bloom, white milkmaid, purple rock cress, pink vetch, yellow Bermuda buttercup, white cucumber vine, pink flowering currant (at Hawk Hill), gold and orange crocosmia or Matsudana lily, gold footsteps of spring, yellow acacia, purple shooting star, yellow parsley, white hog fennel, gold to orange poppies, and pink and purple Harlequin flower.

Enjoy a spectacular show! Thank you Kee for sharing your gift of photography with our hikers! And special thanks to our hikers for joining me on such a beautiful day.”

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