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    John Ostrow completed The Anthills Trail

    3 months ago

    John Ostrow added fox trail to miwok

    8 months ago

    John Ostrow added blue trail extended

    8 months ago

    John Ostrow completed Chinquapin Loop Trail

    8 months ago

    John Ostrow added mnt 57 trail.

    8 months ago

    John Ostrow added erosion trail

    8 months ago

    John Ostrow completed The Triangle Trail

    9 months ago

    John Ostrow saved The Triangle Trail

    9 months ago

    John Ostrow reviewed Tennessee Valley Trail

    9 months ago

    this is the starter trail for anyone looking for a super easy hike to a small beach front.

    John Ostrow reviewed Tenn Valley Trail head to Pirates Cove

    9 months ago

    This route starts at the TENNESSEE VALLEY TRAILHEAD. plenty of parking, bathrooms, trash and recycling bins available. It is HIGHLY recommended that you pack sunscreen, a pullover, or some other form of shelter/cover/protection, as there is virtually no shade on this route.
    Things to consider:
    WATER- there are no water sources anywhere on the trails once you leave the trail head. HEAT/SUNCAST- there is no shade. GRADE- there are sections of this trail with high %'s of grade. SCRAMBLING- the last section of this trail requires climbing on rocks to access the beach. TIDE- check tide schedules if the plan involves time on the actual beach in the cove. TRAIL TYPES- Tenn Val trail is paved and packed dirt. The ascent on Coastal is packdirt service road. Coastal, after the summit is narrow bridal trail. This continues to tighten up as you approach Pirate. Pirate is chute and rock type, with a few wood or stone stairs in some locations. Ending in beach head rock leading down to the beach 30 or so feet bellow. MENTAL- those with symptoms of Vertigo, have reported difficulties with the last decent to the Cove.

    About half way down the Tenn Valley trail, you will take the COASTAL TRAIL off to the right. (This is your THIRD right, passing up both the Haypress Camp Trail and the Fox Trails.) once you begin to ascend Coastal Trail, this is where the grade gets steep. Fantastic cardio and the hard work is rewarded with commanding views of the HeadLands and Tennessee Beach.

    Once you summit the headland, the trail comes to a four way intersection. Great views here of the coast, Downtown San Francisco, Bay Bridge, and the Pacific Ocean. In some very clear conditions, there is a view of Point Reyes Light House. Choose to go STRAIGHT AHEAD. ( Left returns to Tennessee Beach, Right continues off to connect with other trails to Muir Beach.) This also marks the first trail condition change.

    Continuing on will start the reverse grade as you head down through a more narrow trail. Watch your feet from here on, there are a lot of rock obstacles to trip on. Continue on, until the final trail change. Head LEFT on PIRATE COVE TRAIL, marked only by a sign post, as the trail sign has been removed. This is the steepest section and requires carfully thought out steps. There will be a few wood, or stone steps available, but most parts of this section requires good balance. The last 30 feet of the trail before landing on beach, requires some Scrambling. Also keep in mind that you will have to ascend out of the cove if you choose to go down.

    Overall, this is a strenuous hike that rewards with a very private beach, and wonderful views of the Bay.

    John Ostrow completed Tennessee Valley Trail

    9 months ago

    John Ostrow reviewed Vernal and Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail

    9 months ago

    PLEASE REMEMBER ACENDERS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY... otherwise, a fantastic hike. We stopped and turned off and hiked straight up into the woods at the last bridge/water station, to eat lunch away from the masses in peace (see my recording to see where exactly). Please plan accordingly, as there are hundreds of natural stone steps on both paths to Vernal, and Nevada. Amazing sound, double Rainbows and all here. we ascended a little too late in the day, and the Rangers were sending everyone back down from the glacier rock balance. Awesome experience.

    John Ostrow added Bridalveil Falls

    9 months ago

    John Ostrow completed Bridalveil Fall Trail

    9 months ago

    John Ostrow saved Four Mile Trail

    9 months ago