Thanks to everyone who joined us for the beautiful Tennessee Valley hike on Satuday. We had a splendid day out with our community of adventure travelers—many of whom were training for upcoming trips including our Ultimate Challenge Chomolhari Trek! Check out the gallery for photos of the day.
The theme of our May outing is "spring training" as we gear up for our summer adventures with a practice hike on the Tennessee Valley trail system in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. We'll start off the hike with a climb up to Coyote Ridge, from where we'll have the option of three loops: a quick 4-mile loop around the Fox Trail; a 7-mile classic loop that includes Pirate's Cove; and a thigh burning 9.5 mile route that also includes the Old Springs Trail, Wolf Ridge Trail, and the Coastal Trail. As you break in those boots and get comfortable with the weight in your pack(all good things to do before a hiking trip), you'll see birds soaring overhead, deer roaming in the tall grass, and possibly even a bobcat. In spring, the valley blooms with lupines, buttercups, and California poppies, and it's a spectacular time to catch the last of the green in this coastal grassland. We invite you to join the local MTS community on this beautiful hike, just 20 minutes north of San Francisco.
Hike starts: 8:30-9:30 a.m., from the Tennessee Valley Trailhead (groups will depart in waves-see map below)
Hike Ends: 2:30 p.m. approximately depending on loop chosen. All are welcome to stick around for some post-hike socializing too!
Total Distance: 4 to 9.5 miles, depending on the loop chosen.
Your MTS Guide: John Baston
In addition to his role as Custom Trip Specialist for Alaska and North America, John is a veteran trip leader and former park ranger in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Point Reyes NS, and four other national parks. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more hike details and to sign up for this fun outing just north of San Francisco.