Mount Tamalpais (Mt. Tam)

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March 29th 2009
Published: April 1st 2009
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Today I decided to summit the area known as the birthplace of Mountain Biking and take some photos. It was a bluebird day by San Francisco Bay area standards, and the photo opportunities were breathtaking. Just awesome views any direction you looked.

I started out on the West side of the area at the top of Mt. Tam, then worked my way over to the East side.

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Decisions, decisionsDecisions, decisions
Decisions, decisions

Muir woods, or Stinson Beach, or Mount Tam? You could spend a whole lot of time exploring this area.
Narrowing InNarrowing In
Narrowing In

Just another four miles or so to the top.
Stinson BeachStinson Beach
Stinson Beach

Great view overlooking Stinson Beach from the West edge of Mt Tam.
Sound of Music?Sound of Music?
Sound of Music?

I think the Sound of Music was recorded here, not in Europe.
Twin Peaks in the distanceTwin Peaks in the distance
Twin Peaks in the distance

Here you can see the Lands End area (NW tip of the SF peninsula), as well as the wide expanse of Ocean Beach to its right.
Looking toward the Marin HeadlandsLooking toward the Marin Headlands
Looking toward the Marin Headlands

The Marin Headlands are the last stretch of land here before you cross water over to the peninsula.
Looking down on the PacificLooking down on the Pacific
Looking down on the Pacific

Still over on the West summit area of Mt Tam.

Actually, this wasn't a big deal. Had a big gust of wind blown this guy off the other side, he would have come to rest some 20' or so below that point, albeit scratched up to hell. Just on the other side of those rocks he is standing on is a good place to take photos while having the wind blocked by those rocks. Fairly windy here all the time I would imagine.
Fire Ranger Lookout StationFire Ranger Lookout Station
Fire Ranger Lookout Station

Umm, that would mean 2571' above sea level then right? Hell, that's nothing, I have skied above 10000' above sea level in Colorado!
No Public AccessNo Public Access
No Public Access

Since this is a fire lookout point for Marin county, no riff raff allowed. It looked like they had a couple of bean bag chairs up in there in one corner of that building.
Gravity Car BarnGravity Car Barn
Gravity Car Barn

No quite sure what this barn held. Based on the size of the path around the area, probably just golf car sized vehicles. That building was quite new and stout.
2347' Floor Elevation2347' Floor Elevation
2347' Floor Elevation

The opposite side of the Gravity Car Barn.
Perimeter FootbridgePerimeter Footbridge
Perimeter Footbridge

Do the "Gravity Cars" pass over this point? No idea. Good view of Sausalito, Tiburon, and Angel Island.
Ocean Freighter passing AlcatrazOcean Freighter passing Alcatraz
Ocean Freighter passing Alcatraz

Here, you can see a freighter on its way East (right to left) and is just to the right of Alcatraz. The bridge you see just below the middle of this picture is US 101, and between that bridge and Alcatraz sits Sausalito.
Richmond BridgeRichmond Bridge
Richmond Bridge

The bridge that you see is the bridge between San Rafael (left) and Richmond (right). That beige building that appears to be near the left foot of the bridge is San Quentin.
Tiburon, Angel Island, Treasure IslandTiburon, Angel Island, Treasure Island
Tiburon, Angel Island, Treasure Island

In the center of the photo is the Tiburon area, just on the other side of that is Angel Island, and just on the other side of Angel Island you can see the flat landfill that has become Treasure Island.
San RafaelSan Rafael
San Rafael

That bridge section to the right is US 101, and the Larkspur Ferry Terminal is just above it in the picture. That area is also the road to the Richmond Bridge.
Colorado Style HikingColorado Style Hiking
Colorado Style Hiking

There were great hiking trails all over the area.
Backlit TreeBacklit Tree
Backlit Tree

Looking toward Stinson Beach to the West, with the sun a little lower in the sky, makes for some cool reflection off of the ocean.
Mountain Home InnMountain Home Inn
Mountain Home Inn

Looking N/NE toward the Mountain Home Inn and beyond. Looks like the patio here has some great views not found on your average patio. Would be a great place to unwind after hiking around Mount Tam for several hours and begin your self medication for the evening.

What an awesome day of exploring today was!

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