Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10 am-1:30pm: Mt. Tam West Peak Hike
Mt. Tam West Peak Hike
Join filmmaker Gary Yost and Marin Municipal Water District ranger Matt Cerkel on Mt. Tam for a special talk about the true peak of our beloved mountain. Gary and Matt will lead you on a hike from the Mountain Theater overflow parking lot up the Mountaintop Trail to the long-abandoned Mill Valley Air Force Station, once used for targeting short-range nuclear missiles at incoming Russian bombers during the Cold War. Gary will discuss what he learned about the area while making his award-winning short documentary film, “The Invisible Peak,” and he’ll update everyone on the quest to restore the West Peak of the mountain. Matt will bring his deep knowledge of the flora, fauna, and biological ecosystem of this very unique and fragile portion of Mt. Tam. We’ll also discover spectacular vistas and secret corners of the mountain, and learn about some of the plants and animals that live on Mt. Tam.
Meeting Location: The Mountain Theater overflow parking lot (also known as the quarry parking lot) is located just past the Mountain Theater entrance. If you are unfamiliar with the location, thie Google Map marks the location of the Mountain Theater (marked as the "Cushing Memorial Amphitheater" on the map), and you will see just north of it, the parking lot marked as "Quarry Parking Lot". To get there, drive up Pan Toll Road, make a right on Ridgecrest Blvd, pass the Mountain Theatre Fire Road and Rock Spring Trail (the entrance to the Mountain Theatre), and look for a dirt paving lot on your right where we are meeting.