Tennessee Valley to Muir Beach - July 2021
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Ten of us enjoyed a scenic coastal walk in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which included many steep uphill & downhill grades, from the Tennessee Valley trailhead to the town of Muir Beach & back.
We saw a lot of walkers and their dogs as well as joggers & mountain bikers, all well-behaved.
Where is Muir Beach ? The two web images below provide an answer.
|Golden Gate National Recreation Area||the area where we walked|
Tennessee Valley is northwest of & just around the corner from the Golden Gate Bridge, in Marin County.
note - you can enlarge any part of a picture by left-clicking in and then out again.
|start of the walk||John and I||into the hills||cypress|
|people on Tennessee Beach||Coast Guard helicopter|
|Pepper||looking south||Tennessee Cove||taken by Diane|
|Kim & John||two Karens, Rich, Diane, Linda, and Kim & Pepper||looking north|
|Kat, Linda & Barb heading downhill towards Pirate's Cove||Barb at steep stairs section, see note|
|sticky bush monkey flower||sweet pea||Muir beach|
|the tiny town of Muir Beach|
|spent thistle flower|
|wild rose||Rich, Linda & Kat on the bridge to town||bridge artwork|
note - the stairs dropped 400+ ft. in only a few minutes, and my knees went wobbly towards the lower part.
Once at the town of Muir Beach we took a lunch break on the grassy lawn at the Pelican Inn, a historic lodge with a British style pub & menu. Hikers w/o lunch were fortunate to get take out before the Inn closed to the public to host a weekend wedding party.
|Pelican Inn||see note||lunch stop||Pepper|
|John's bangers & mash||Kim's Shepherd's pie||Pepper meets a horse|
|Linda & Diane on the walk back||after the hike|
note - this is where John & Kim ordered lunch w/draft Pale Ale; note international currencies on the ceiling.
After lunch we took a different & steeper trail back to the trailhead. We walked 7 miles today and it must have been a thousand or more feet of elevation gain/loss.
As for photos, I was caught out by the steepness of the terrain and did not take as many as usual, so my thanks goes to Kim & Rich for providing their people & scenery shots.
It was a good walk in really pleasant weather, almost getting warm a few times on the way back. Overall, it was a lovely wind-less, foggy day, with calm seas.
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