Pat’s 80th Birthday Ride: Mt Tamalpais

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

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This out & back ride climbs up to the top of Mt Tam via the beautiful redwood forests along Panoramic Hwy to Pan Toll Rd. Continue on E Ridgecrest Blvd to the summit. Enjoy the glorious mountain views-they’re absolutely spectacular!

Take the Multi-use path off Hamilton Dr through Hauke Park and cross Pickleweed Inlet onto Sycamore Ave.

Cross Camino Alto and turn right on Miller Ave. Meetup at Mill Valley Safeway.

Miller Ave turns NW through Mill Valley to the Depot Plaza and Throckmorton Ave.

The turn on Cascade Dr takes you through the redwoods around Old Mill Park to Marion Dr. Marion Dr winds up along the canyon through a beautiful residential neighborhood with homes nestled in the woods; it climbs up to Edgewood Ave with gradient ranges of 6-9%.

Edgewood Ave continues to climb up through the neighborhoods with an average grade of 5.5%.

Head south on Sequoia Valley Rd to Panoramic Hwy at Four Corners; the climb is 0.6 mile with an average grade of 6.3%.

The top of Sequoia Valley Rd opens up to magnificent views of south Marin!

The next 4+ miles on Panoramic Hwy goes along the ridge as you weave your way through the residential neighborhoods. There is a short section of steep climbing with grades of 9-11% before you reach Mountain Home Inn.

Panoramic Hwy continues winding along the ridge before gently dropping down into the redwoods around Mt Tam State Park.

The road continues to twist and turn as it gently climbs underneath the canopy of pines and redwoods towards Pan Toll Rd.

Stop at Bootjack Campground.

Continue on Panoramic Hwy to Pan Toll Rd.

Pan Toll Rd continues to climb up toward Mt Tam for the next 1.4 miles with an average grade of 5.5% to the Rock Springs parking lot.

Enjoy the grand views!

E Ridgecrest Blvd to the summit is 3 miles long with an average grade of 6% as it snakes up around the mountain.

At the gated Air Force Station, the road kicks up with steep grades of 9-15% up to the first high point!

From the high point, E Ridgecrest continues for another 1.6 rolling miles.

The road descends onto Old Railroad Grade Trail which leads up to the summit.

Enjoy the magnificent views!

Mt Tam Visitor Center Picnic Area. “HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAT!”

Descend Mt Tam East Peak from the upper parking lot onto Ridgecrest Blvd; it regains 250+ feet on the climb back up to the West Peak summit with gradient ranges of 6-10%.

The sweeping descent from the West Peak drops down to the Rock Springs parking area. Turn left and descend Pan Toll Rd to Panoramic Hwy.

Continue down Panoramic back to Four Corners.

Descend Sequoia Valley Rd and Edgewood Ave to Molina and Montford for the return on Miller Ave to Hauke Park.

This out & back route is all about the climb up to Mount Tamalpais. You’ll absolutely enjoy the ascent through the beautiful redwoods along Panoramic Hwy and the gorgeous vistas on Pan Toll Rd to the summit of Mt Tam on E Ridgecrest Blvd! The ride is short and sweet with plenty of elevation gain and scenic views-you won’t be disappointed!

Weather: Sunny and HOT! Temps ranged from the high 60’s to the mid 90’s with NW winds.

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