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Trail Through Time (and lot of heat)

Started around 8:20 am at Mitchell Canyon. Weather was nice and cool through the canyon. Met a little tarantula hanging out in the Sun on…

Mt. Umunhum

Trail was in excellent condition. Bugs were a bit annoying, so I’d recommend bringing a scarf you can pull up around your mouth and nose. Neat…

Tam is My Jam

Growing up in Marin, I’ve explored Stinson and Tam quite a bit, but for some reason, I’d never hiked to the top! All of the…

Sizer…uphills both ways!

It was a hot day, even for the end of Sept. Thank goodness the ranger suggested 5 liters of water per person. The uphills are…

Mount Diablo with ETB

Beginning stages fairly easy; however, once heading towards Eagle Peak things became much more challenging.

Doin’ It All for Helena

This was a challenging hike.  The trail is rough, rugged, and rocky.  There were a lot of washouts and felled trees from the recent storm…

A Devil of a Hike

This was a great hike. Pretty difficult at the end to climb up to the summit, but well worth it for the views. Started from…

Umunhum

It was a nice hike with lots of interesting site to see

Mount Tam after the heat

I started with a lot of trepidation. Coming off a 10-hour bartending shift and only a few hours, as I looked up at the mountains…

Evening hike Mt St Helena

Started in the evening to avoid the heat at Robert Louis Stevenson trailhead. First mile had a lot of shade until the fire road. The…

Mount Umunhum

Hike should have been easier than it was; maybe not physically up to the challenge today. 16.86 miles and 2,910′ total ascent. Nice hike with…

Mt TamTam

Another one of the #sixpeakchallenge is in the books. Started with thick fog that felt like rain at Stinson beach, and finished at the top…

Diablo

It was a good morning hike about 8 mile round trip the summit was nice

Sunday Hike up Mt. Umunhum

Parked at bottom of Mt. Umunhum road in the Jacques Ridge parking area. Started around 9 am. Went down Woods trail and Barlow Road (lots…

Deceivingly HOT!

As we drove into Mill Valley, we could see the fog rolling in. We thought it was going to be a nice break from the…

Mt Tam – Stinson Beach to East Peak

It was foggy at Stinson Beach and surprising sunny once you start the first part of the Dipsead trail.  The Steep Ravine travel is beautiful…

Sizer or Sizzler?

For some reason, my son and I decided to tackle Sizer on a brutally hot August day.  Highs stayed in the mid-upper 90’s all day,…

Need to Start

this is the perfect trail to start the challenge…that i have been putting off.

Beautiful Bay Views on Mt Tam

It was a warm July day on the Marin County coastline. We started at Stinson at 8:30am-there was some morning fog cover, but by the…

Mt. Diablo

It was a good day for the hike.  Not too hot, nice breezes throughout the day.  The trail was very dry and dusty and therefore,…

Bam Bam Mountain Tam

Getting there, drove through a good amount of soggy, foggy conditions.  The cool was welcome  as I had endured 90s temps in the Central Valley…

Are We Going the Right Way?

This was the hardest hike I have ever completed! An elevation gain of 3,298 ft. with the last mile climbing 1,000 ft. It was hot.…

Hot!

Very hot and very rocky on way down.

Early on Mount Saint Helena

Reading up on reviews of this trail had me well prepared for what to expect: nice, forested first mile followed by an exposed fire trail…

solo mt st helena – 4/6

Took a solo hike up and down Mt. St. Helena. The ten miles were mostly service road with no shade. Coming back down, the path…

Mt St Helena in summer??? Yes!

A foggy overcast morning made this hike a LOT more pleasant than it should have been for the end of July. 😜 I won’t complain.

The Roller Coaster Hills

One of the hardest hike I’ve ever done!! The steeply climbs and the several ridges were not a joke!! The temperature below was around 80…

Welc~um.

After yesterday’s tough hike of Mt. Sizer, this was a very welcomed treat. Beautiful, calm trail… No one on the trail but me & a…

Umm, another hot hike!

Another hot hike, but a clear beautiful day. Great views of the other peaks around the Bay Area at the summit. Mt. Umunhum means hummingbird…

Hummingbird hike!

The day was beautiful at Mt. Umunhum a little bit hot. The views were gorgeous!

Sized it up..all wrong 😕

Tough hike. Predicted 85° and it was. On the top of the Ridges & mtns. But in the canyon… Oh boy. Super hot. Over 100…

The Rollercoaster of Rose Peak

Because of the gate at Sunol opening at 8 am and closing at 9 pm, we couldn’t get there early to beat the heat and…

Rose the long haul hike

Totally, open space trail no shade it all! Few oak trees for shade. The views were beautiful!! Water by the backpacking camp! Gate doesn’t open…

Hotter than Hell-ena

We got up, drove, and started early, but it was already hot when we started so that is never a good sign. It starts in…

Hike for wine

Great hike! Little buggy but with gorgeous views of Napa valley.

Tam Above the Clouds

When we drove to the state park, all of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge was covered in fog. But, when we got up…

Summit with bugs

Oh boy!! We encountered the worst bugs ever!! We sprayed ourselves and still went after us.  From the beginning until the end of our hike!…

Three Musketeers Hike

This hike is one of the hardest and steepest hike took 10 hrs to complete at 90 degree temperature. Only three members hiked this mountain…

Sunset on Diablo

My friend and I drove up to the Bay Area this week to hike the Nor Cal peaks. After we checked into our Vbro, we…

Gorgeous sunset at Diablo

what a view!! Was stunning! Best place to be during sunset! We were able and lucky to have clear views of the Sacramento River to…

The Long and Winding Road

It was really hot with little shade.  Not a summer hike!  Once at the top the views were worth it!

It Just Goes On and On!

We arrived around 8:40am. Only one other car in the lot. Due to lack of signage, we’re weren’t sure if we were starting from the…

Mt. Sizer in July

This was a beast and so hot for the steep elevation .  By far the hardest of the pack and not sure I would need…

solo monday hike

Hiked my first solo CA mountain today. It was quiet at the trailhead mid morning. The weather was full on sunshine (85+ degrees). Hiked up…

Pan Pam – Tam !!!

Beautiful day to hike Mount Tamalpais. We started at 7:00 am from Deapsea Trailhead, group of 10 who had ultimate aim to eat Pancakes at…

Finally, Umunhum!!

What a hike! I finally decided to go solo and it was totally worth it. I had been planning to do this literally for years.…

Pancake Hike

This was my first two digit hike with an amazing group. The temperature was hot, but pancake treat kept me going The views were beautiful…

Umunhum NumOne

Perfect weather for a hike. And I see they have cleaned up the cube. Looks very presentable now. And it’s not fenced off. The drive…

We Did It!

We enjoyed this warm and balmy day on an almost empty trail to the summit. We saw very few people hiking and a few bikers.…

Mount Umunhum

It was an awesome hike!  The summit has interesting information posted about the history of the mountain.  It was a slow steady climb, not too…

Celebrating the 4th on the Trail

Started the day at Stinson Beach with a nice, but not overwhelming, blanket of fog – and spent most of the day going in and…

Red, White, and TAM

Foggy morning starting at Stinson Beach.  We did a complete loop going up Dipsea Trail and hiking down Matt Davis Trail. Cleared up once we…

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Peak #6: #MountTamalpais is in the books! Back in 2020 we decided to do The @NorCal.SixPackofPeaks, but unfortunately had to stop due to the pandemic.…

Can’t wait to do Mt Tam again

We had fog to start and sun at the peak with temps perfectly in the 70s. Loved the different climate zones from forest to open…

Mt St Helena

A lovely, foggy start to the hike, and a warm – but not terribly hot – sunny end to the hike.  A beautiful day all…

Mt. Tamalpais

A wonderful blue-sky day for my final hike of the 2022 NorCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge. I started at Lake Lagunitas, which made the hike…

Mount Tammy

Beautiful Hike! Spectacular views…really really nice trail the whole way through!  Completely rewarding, really loved every minute of it! The waterfalls, the redwoods, the cool…

Mount umunhum

Weather was fairly nice. A nice breeze here and there. We hiked during mid 70 degree weather. By the time we got to the top,…

So much dust!

This one really is a challenge given the hike back out of the valley following the summit and descent of Sizer. Most of the trails…

Mount Umunhum

Clear blue bird day, barely any clouds, 74 degrees F for day high, and gusts of wind throughout the day. A few large rocks on…

Mt. Sizer

Death march. Trail is very steep in places and very dusty. Did not enjoy it.

Beach to Mountain Hike

My partner and I enjoyed this hike on the most beautiful day. The drive there was stunning, the hike was challenging and the tacos at…

Most confusing peak to pronounce!

Bagged Peak #5… MOUNT UMUNHUM  The was a very enjoyable hike!  The trail signs were easy to maneuver, most of the trails were wide, plenty…

Rose Peak

I can’t believe I’ve been hiking in the Bay Area for a few decades and have never done this before. The views from the top…

Solo Catchup

Beautiful day! Went early to avoid heat and Saturday crowds and was rewarded with being the only one on the summit! Saw lots of hike…

Going in reverse still counts!

Gorgeous, well maintained, shady trail. Umunhum is a nice easy hike. We arrived at 8:22 on a Saturday and all parking at both the upper…

Mt Umunhum

Nice hike. Trail in excellent condition.

Rose Peak

Very long hike.  Nice views.

Foggy Mount Diablo Summit

Cranked out Mount Diablo (solo) this morning. I got a early start and didn’t see a single soul for the first 4.5 miles. When I…

Leapt to Tam

Too warm for Mt Saint Helena or Mt Diablo so made a leap in difficulty for cooler temps. Many other hikers also picked Tam for…

Not so Tame Tam

Three of us from last week’s Mount Diablo Hike, climbed Mt. Tam as another training hike. We were all surprised by how much harder and…

Views of climbs to come…

Beautiful day on the mountain. Not too hot or too cold. Enjoyed the ease of the fire road as I had completed a difficult 100…

El Diablo !!

It was a crazy day, almost not a great day to hike. We encountered high winds at the top, followed by rain showers, and a…

Sea to Summit

Tough hike. Stinson is quite crowded on the weekends but there was parking at the beach parking lot. The weather was actually perfect, cloudy day…

Helena

It was an unseasonably cool and overcast day, so perfect for this hike which can be brutal in the heat of summer. After summiting, we…

Mt St Helena

Good hike. Not my favorite because most of it is fire road.

No Diablo Today

A group of four of us, three training for the High Sierra Trail and myself, used this as a training hike. It was a perfectly…

Finale

Went counter clockwise.

Mt Tam

This was so far the best one. It was cool with a cloud cover most of the day. Beautiful waterfalls. Lush green foliage. No bugs.…

Mount Sizer

That is possibly the most challenging hike I’ve ever done in the Bay Area, when you consider length (a 15.5 mi loop), total ascent (~4,300…

Mt. Umunhum Wildflowers

We got a mid afternoon start and found the hike to be pretty easy. Lots of up and lots of switchbacks. The switchbacks were so…

Mountain Lion on Mt Umunhum!!

We got a late start but still had plenty of time to get to the top, lounge for a little while and then make it…

Long Peak

This was an amazing hike!!!! Me and my mom did a over night hike. We camped at maggies camp at mile 10, and then in…

Stopped to smell The Roses 🌹 🌹

Bagged Peak #4… ROSE PEAK! This was a nice hike, however the trail signs could be improved.  The signs didn’t say what trail you’re on? …

Rose peak

Very nice out and back trail to Rose Peak. It was nice weather, sunny but not too hot and a wonderful fresh breeze. This would…

Rose Colored Hike

We picked a perfect day for this hike.  The weather was perfect with a nice breeze to cool us down. The park doesn’t open the…

16.7 miles to Mt. Umunhum!

  Today was a great day to hike Mt. Umunhum. The brave group hiked 16.7 miles and gained 2874 in elevation. And at the top…

Mt Sizer from Coe Park HQ

This peak perhaps is the most challenging one among the NorCal Six-Peaks Challenge as it goes up and down several times in the loop, with…

Mt. Sizer, survived the shortcut

I’m a slow hiker and I tend to prefer my day hikes be limited to around 10 miles, so this was a challenge for me.…

Mount Saint Helena

The beginning is nice, in the woods. Most of hike however is service road. A couple interesting rock scrambles. View is nice.

Mount Diablo / Eagle Peak

Perfect weather for a hike to the top of Mount Diablo, plus a visit to Eagle Peak on the way back down.

Mt Diable

Beautiful views at top.  Down hill was tough.

Finishing the Pack: Mt St Helena

Sixth one down! I booked a twofer trip with the missus in Calistoga. Hiking (solo) in the morning, and wine tasting in the afternoon, with…

Gorgeous day on Mt Tam!

Much warmer than expected, but beautiful day to climb beach to peak and back! I highly recommend hitting up the cafe by the beach parking…

Eye of Diablo

13May22. Our first hike on our second trip to Northern California to finish the 6-POP. The drive to the trailhead was as scenic as Mt…

Trail Bike :-)

14May22 Our 2nd hike for this trip (5th peak for the NorCal 6-POP). A friend from Concord met us at the trailhead and joined our…

Wine…..more wine please :-)

16May22 Our final hike for the NorCal 6-POP Challenge!!! We arrived in Napa Valley the day before and stayed at a friend’s home who wanted…

Mt Diablo

The day before I were looking at the Mt Diablo from the East Peak of Mt Tamalpais, and it was fun to look at the…

mt tam east peak

Gorgeous.  Gorgeous.  Gorgeous.  My favorite so far and stunning views.  Could do again and take tons of different trails. Lots of mountain bikers.  Little shade.

Long wondrous loop on Mt Tam

This loop started at the Mountain Home Inn, down to the Muir Woods, up to the Pantoll, the Mountain Theater, etc before reached the East…

Our Napa valley climb

Gradual climb from the first step. Under trees the first mile then exposed fire road the rest of the way up. Start early for the…

Peak All To Ourselves

Getting a late start on my 6 Pack Peak Challenge this year as this is my first one for 2022.  This trail was definitely much…

Rose Peak

My sister & I started out early in anticipation of a long day.  Unfortunately, the gate to the Sailor Camp trailhead was not opening until…