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. So join us for a hike in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on May 20, 2017. See photos from the day!
Following our successful Bay Area community hikes, we’re heading out of town in March for a special 5.6-mile desert hike in Arizona's glorious McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This time we’re tackling the moderately challenging Tom’s Thumb Trail, looking out for wildflowers and a variety of desert critters. Overall, this exciting hike is a great way to get out on the trail with like-minded adventurers in Arizona, and give back to a great local conservation cause, the Audubon Society.
"On a bouncy flight north over an eastern section of the Brooks Range, I press my cheek against the glass to get a better view down to the teeming mass of caribou moving through the valley directly beneath the plane. It’s a hot day just after the summer solstice. Slowly we spiral down to parallel a dry, overgrown channel of the Kongakut River, a couple of miles beyond the herd. The beefy tundra tires on our Cessna six-seater make contact, and we quickly come to a stop at the end of the strip marked with an old caribou shed. This will be our put-in for an 80-mile paddle to a remote reef on the edge of the Arctic Ocean."
Our Marin headlands hike on Saturday January 28, 2017, was a roaring success, with over 80 hikers from MTS's San Francisco Bay Area travel community joining us on a free hike led by adventure expert John Baston. Thanks to everyone who attended!
"With four million annual visitors, you wouldn't think Yosemite would be a spot for solitude. But hike for just a mile or two away from the crowded main valley, and you'll discover, as I did, the peaceful tranquility of one of America's most popular parks."