Mt. Tamalpais via Stinson Beach: Shelter in Place makes hiking more difficult

Peak Summited2020 Mount Tamalpais
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadStinson Beach - Dipsea Trail
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a group
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

After having done both Mt. Diablo and Mt. Sizer Summits this was a relatively easy hike; 15 miles with only 2,850 vertical.  Plenty of parking on Panoramic Highway directly across from the start of the hike.  Since both the beach and parking lots inside the park were closed due to COVID-19, it was great to have the road parking so convenient.  Until at the end of the hike on my car was a citation from the sheriff's department stating that you can not drive to any hikes in Marin County (only walk from your home or bike).  Thankfully it was only a Warning.

The weather was a cool 52 degrees with a fog layer which impacted the views from above.

However the lower part of the trail (Steep Ravine Trail up and Matt Davis Trail down) was beautiful.  Both are in the forest with running creeks, mini waterfalls, and moss covered trees and foot bridges.  Breathtaking!

The next day I discovered a tick that had burrowed into my knee.  Just a reminder to always check for ticks after a hike.




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