Mini Hikes

To all mini hikers: For many years we have been meeting at Miller & Locust in Mill Valley before driving up the mountain. We originally met here to accommodate bus riders, but no one uses the bus anymore. Mill Valley is beginning the reconstruction of Miller Avenue, we are moving our hike meeting place to the  the rear parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy, 759 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley.   The Best place to park in on Ashford Ave (Behind the CVS).  The best way to exit is to turn left on Meadow Dr from Asford, then turn right on Tower Drive.  There is a light on Tower Dr that will get you on to E Blithedale without any problems. Plan to arrive early enough to scout the area for a parking spot in the surrounding neighborhoods.  This change will take effect immediately.



Apr 4 Naomi Hanson

Coastal Trail.  A mini hike along the Coastal Trail with great views of Stinson Beach and the coast to a lovely wooded lunch site. Back by 2 pm.   Meet at 10:30 at the rear parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy, 759 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 415-925-0488 naomih39@comcast.net


Apr 11 John Annee 

Baltimore Canyon.  A mini hike through redwoods and Douglas firs in this cool and shaded Open Space Preserve on Tam’s north ridge, with an optional restaurant lunch after. Meet at 10:30 at Onyx Street and Madrone Avenue in Larkspur.  510-748-0478  johnannee@comcast.net


Apr 18 Kathy Kuefler
Bon Tempe – Shadyside.  A pleasant mini hike from Bon Tempe Dam on the Shadyside to the Lagunitas picnic area for lunch and return on the Shadyside. Back by 2 pm. Meet at 10:30 at Fairfax Parkade (across from Fairfax Theater). kkuef@hotmail.com


Apr 25 Helene Gibbs

Muir Woods A pleasant mini hike through Muir Woods to Camp Eastwood for lunch, then return on the Hillside Trail. Back by 2 pm. Meet 10:00 at the rear parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy, 759 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 415-383-7468 hellew1996@gmail.com


May 2 Helene Gibbs
Laurel Dell and the Cataracts.  An easy mini-hike going along Cataract Creek to Laurel Dell for lunch with an extension to see the cataracts. Back by 2 pm. Meet at 10:30 at the rear parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy, 759 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley.
415-383-7468 hellew1996@gmail.com


May 9 Donna Mufford

Bon Tempe – Shadyside.  A pleasant mini hike from Bon Tempe Dam on the Shadyside to the Lagunitas picnic area for lunch and return on the Shadyside. Back by 2 pm. Meet at 10:30 at Fairfax Parkade (across from Fairfax Theater).  650-878-3363  ddmumford@yahoo.com


May 16 Gary Archer

Troop 80-Camp Eastwood.  A mini hike along the Troop 80 and Sierra trails to Camp Eastwood for lunch. 

Return on the Camp Eastwood Road. Back by 2 pm.  Meet at 10:30 at the rear parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy, 759 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 510-523-3076  gary.archer@gmail.com


May 23 Dave Mumford

Lagunitas – Pilot Knob.  A mini hike part-way around Lake Lagunitas, then up the Pilot Knob Trail to lunch at the top. One short, steep climb. Return around the lake to the picnic area.  Back by 2 pm. Meet at 10:30 at Fairfax Parkade (across from Fairfax Theater). 650-878-3363  ddmumford@yahoo.com


May 30 Naomi Hanson

Mountain Theater.  We’ll start up the Bootjack, turn on the Riding and Hiking Trail to the Easy Grade up to Mountain Theater for lunch. Return on the Bootjack Trail. Back by 2 pm. Meet at 10:30 at the rear parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy, 759 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 415-925-0488 naomih39@comcast.net


Jun 6 Debbie Dorosin

West Point.  A mini hike along the Rock Spring Trail to West Point for lunch. Return on the same way. Back by 2 pm.  Meet at 10:30 at the rear parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy, 759 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley.   415-388-7896  mttamhiker2@comcast.net 


Jun 13 Tessa Kohn

San Francisco’s Embarcadero.  We’ll walk the pathways behind the piers on our way to Pier 39 for lunch (bring or buy). Return by the historic Muni streetcars, or walk. Meet at 10:30 in front of the Ferry Building in San Francisco.  415-584-8445  t4kohn@comcast.net


Jun 20 John Annee

Coastal Trail.  A mini hike along the Coastal Trail with great views of Stinson Beach and the coast to a lovely wooded lunch site. Back by 2 pm.   Meet at 10:30 at the rear parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy, 759 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 510-748-0478  johnannee@comcast.net


Jun 27 Mary Johnson 

S. F. CHINATOWN.  Visit Dr. Sun-Yat Sen, Father of the Chinese Republic; oldest temple in Chinatown; opium den; fortune cooky factory; tea tasting; dim sum luncheon ($20 pp all inclusive) and cable car barn.  Approximately 3 miles. Meet on steps outside Montgomery BART facing Market Street.   Hikers who will be having the dim sum luncheon will need to reserve,  Please call to reserve and then send $20 check to Mary Johnson, 14 Gomez Way, #12, Mill Valley, CA 94941. 

Deadline: June 20.  415-888-3202  freespirittours@sbcglobal.net 


Jul 4 Holiday No Hike

Jul 11 Gary Archer

China Camp.  A pleasant mini-hike exploring the Shoreline Trail in China Camp State Park with lunch at Bullhead Flat on the Bay shore. Back by 2 pm. Meet at 10:30 at the Miwok Meadows trailhead on San Pedro Road in San Rafael. 510-523-3076  gary.archer@gmail.com


Jul 18 Ann Prince 

Bon Tempe – Shadyside.  A pleasant mini hike from Bon Tempe Dam on the Shadyside to the Lagunitas picnic area for lunch and return the same way. Back by 2 pm. Meet at 10:30 at Fairfax Parkade (across from Fairfax Theater). 650-952-0990   annprince@fastmail.com


Jul 25 Linda Ward

Alpine-Cardiac Hill.  A mini hike down the Alpine and Bootjack Trails to Van Wyck Meadow, and along the TCC to Cardiac Hill for lunch. Return on the Old Mine Trail. Back by 2 pm.  Meet at 10:30 at the rear parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy, 759 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valleyljward08@comcast.net


Aug 1 Ann Prince

The Hoo-Koo-e-Koo.  A gentle walk from Mountain Home along the Matt Davis Trail, then the Hoo-Koo-e-Koo across the flank of Mount Tamalpais to the site of the Mesa Station for lunch. Back by 2 pm.  Meet at 10:30 at the rear parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy, 759 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 650-952-0990   annprince@fastmail.com


Aug 8 Laura Phipps

Rodeo Beach Hike

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Aug 15 John Annee 

Baltimore Canyon.  A mini hike through redwoods and Douglas firs in this cool and shaded Open Space Preserve on Tam’s north ridge, with an optional restaurant lunch after. Meet at 10:30 at Onyx Street and Madrone Avenue in Larkspur.  510-748-0478  johnannee@comcast.net


Aug 22 Dave Mumford

West Point.  A mini hike to West Point on the Old Stage Road for lunch, then back the same way.  Back by 2 pm.  Meet at 10:30 at the rear parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy, 759 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley650-878-3363 cell 650-267-1025  ddmumford@yahoo.com


Aug 29 Tessa Kohn

Mori Point (Pacifica).  A pleasant walk along the shore of GGNRA’s newest park - Mori Point. Lunch at the Pacifica Pier. Back by 2 pm. Meet at 10:30 at the end of Bradford Road in Pacifica (a short quarter mile past the Sharp Park Road exit).  Back by 2 pm.  

415-584-8445  t4kohn@comcast.net


 Hike Levels:     Mini    1A   2B