Many years ago, when I was working for Backroads, the employees went for a mountain bike ride on the Pine Mountain loop trail starting near Samuel P. Taylor Park. I’ve always remembered it as being a beautiful, if challenging, ride and have long intended to return and either bike or walk it again.
Today, some 20 years later, was the day. My friend Tristan, who was my boyfriend junior year of high school, almost thirty years ago (how is that possible?), and I met in San Rafael and drove out Sir Francis Drake Boulevard after stopping for a cup of Joe at Peet’s. I always enjoy the drive out to west Marin, particularly just after leaving Fairfax where the rolling forested hills of San Geronimo Valley come into view, and especially at this time of the year when everything is green.
We spent the majority of the 11-mile hike on the San Geronimo Ridge Trail, although we did pass Pine Mountain Trail, and while I experienced a tiny bit of disappointment that heavy fog obscured the normally spectacular vistas of Mt. Tamalpais and its foothills, the forest shrouded in mist offered up its own kind of beauty and tranquility.
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Route: San Geronimo Ridge Road
Distance: 10.99 miles (17.69 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 1790 feet (545.60 meters)
Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes (2.22 mph)
Weather: 60s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: WrightSock Coolmesh II short crew X 2 (one medium, one large).
Notes: It didn’t feel anywhere near 11 miles!