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Jun 10 2012
JimmyLyding
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Pantoll to Stinson BeachBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2012
JimmyLyding
Hiking8.40 Miles 2,104 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   5 Hrs      1.68 mph
2,104 ft AEG
 
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This is always a cool hike, but today presented Ron and I with some challenges. Unbeknownst to me today marked the 102nd annual Dipsea Race. This trail running race had 1,500 runners, and we had to have seen most of them. We stepped off of the trail for about 10 minutes at one point as the main pack consisting of hundreds of runners. It was somewhat amusing seeing how the runners at the front of the pack looked like fitness gods while many in the back looked like they were going to expire right then and there. One guy ate it big time, and had to be helped out by the rescue folks but we didn't get to see it. We decided to semi-bushwhack down to the coast after stepping off of the trail countless times to let runners pass. Bushwhack wasn't too bad except for the thistle. There was a lot of thistle, and I think some of it is still in me. We made our way over to Stinson Beach to admire the view and enjoy lunch. Went back via the Steep Ravine Trail.
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Apr 28 2012
leonesiegel
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61 male
 Joined Jan 15 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pantoll to Stinson BeachBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2012
leonesiegel
Hiking7.87 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking7.87 Miles   4 Hrs   37 Mns   2.37 mph
1,800 ft AEG   1 Hour   18 Mns Break
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In Napa four days my plan was to hike Tennessee Valley on Friday then Pantoll on Saturday but alas I slept in Friday morning (ugh!). Worried that we would not be able to find parking at Pantoll (thanks to Jim Lyding for additional info) we arrived to find both lots full but backtracked down the hill 0.4 mile to another lot. What an absolutely gorgeous hike! Once the route starts paralleling Webb Creek the surroundings are just a sight to behold: a flowing stream with many waterfalls under a canopy of huge redwoods (I know, lots of pictures of trees here!) plus other interesting trees, ferns, moss. After passing the defunct dam the character of the hike changes dramatically into California scrub. It was here in the latter part of the hike that we spotted our first banana slug. I did not think we would see even one, as it turned out we saw five more. This first one was the largest and most colorful, quite a discovery! After shooting a number of pics I wondered whether this one would make it off the trail alive! Now out in the open we got our first views of Stinson Beach and the changing vegetation. The beach was very windy, nonstop cool conditions. We noted just how close some of these homes were to the ocean! After a while we headed back up the trail, anxious to get into the forested part of the hike. Nice and cool once again we enjoyed the stream and the beauty of the hike. Highly recommended.
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Nov 12 2011
JimmyLyding
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 Walnut Creek, CA
Pantoll to Stinson BeachBay Area, CA
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Hiking avatar Nov 12 2011
JimmyLyding
Hiking8.34 Miles 2,104 AEG
Hiking8.34 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   2.04 mph
2,104 ft AEG
 
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Parked at Bootjack. Took Matt Davis Trail to Stinson Beach then Dipsea the mile up to Steep Ravine back to the car. Saw a lot of trail runners on Matt Davis even though it doesn't seem to be nearly as good for that as many other trails in the general vicinity. Many of the trail runners provided a little extra motivation. *Ahem*
Beautiful day with light clouds and moderate sunshine. 5:02 PM sunset meant I had to finish in the dark with the headlamp, but the last section I hiked was paved which is a good thing because I apparently need a better headlamp. Saw a few families still headed down Steep Ravine as the sun was setting. I wonder what the 2 ladies who were carrying babies in papooses thought when they got to the ladder.
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Apr 16 2011
JimmyLyding
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 Walnut Creek, CA
Pantoll to Stinson BeachBay Area, CA
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Hiking avatar Apr 16 2011
JimmyLyding
Hiking8.89 Miles 2,409 AEG
Hiking8.89 Miles   4 Hrs   48 Mns   1.85 mph
2,409 ft AEG
 
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Another great day in Marin. Found a parking spot @ Pantoll, and it was free today because they're celebrating Earth Day this weekend. Went south on Stapelveldt Trail through a beautiful canyon full of redwoods. Very muggy, which I guess is good for these giants. Took the Ben Johnson Trail south to Dipsea Trail (site of the famous yearly race). Back up Dipsea to a beautiful lookout to enjoy the fog rolling through the Golden Gate and over the San Francisco Peninsula.
Continued to enjoy the view as Dipsea headed west towards the coast before it dipped into the thick forest of alternating Douglas fir and redwood groves. Took Dipsea all the way to Stinson Beach. There's something cool about taking a break at a beach.
Headed back up to Pantoll on the Matt Davis Trail, and was reminded how cool that trail is. Saw a grip of Pacific banana slugs.
Great weather, and even better views!
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Jan 22 2011
JimmyLyding
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Pantoll to Stinson BeachBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2011
JimmyLyding
Hiking6.28 Miles 1,730 AEG
Hiking6.28 Miles   3 Hrs      2.09 mph
1,730 ft AEG
 
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Rock and Roll! How can it be a bad thing to hike through some redwoods to the beach?
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