Get your Steps in!

Peak Summited2021 Mount Tamalpais
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadRock Spring-Cataract Trail
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

I have been on Mt. Tamalpais many times, doing numerous hikes over the years (as well as seeing friends in the Mountain Play- a unique experience!), so I wanted to try a different trail. I can't say enough about the beauty of this mountain. There are so many trails to choose from, multiple micro-climates, and the views are unrivaled: Pacific Ocean, SF Bay, Richardson Bay, Mt. Diablo, San Francisco and beyond. I parked at Rock Spring and did the Cataract Trail to Alpine Lake, which was just stunning. I hiked to the sounds of a running stream the entire way, with little pools here and there, verdant Boston fern lined paths (maybe papyrus as well? I wasn't sure) birds singing, wildflowers (poppies, lilies, wood roses, chinese houses to name a few) and a well marked trail. One of the things I love about Mt. Tam are the STEPS. No matter where you are, you will come upon numerous sections of STEPS: wooden, rock, tree roots, etc. I always think of the staff and volunteers who laid these steps, and those who maintain them. They give your heart a workout, for sure. I then went up to the east peak to enjoy the views-what a rush. The east side of the mountain is open -with already blonde grassy hills and oaks, and the west side is redwood forests. I will return to this mountain again and again; hiking her fills me with awe.


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  1. Is this the Paula Wujek that once performed with Beach Blanket Babylonian, directed Charlie Brown musicals, and tap dances down boulevards?

    1. Yes, that’s me! Hi Robbie! (You’ll always be that to me!)