Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10 am-12:30pm: Mt. Tam West Peak Hike - Geology of West Peak
Mt. Tam West Peak Hike - Geology of West Peak
Led by Vic Claassen, Ph. D. Soil Science & Claire Mooney, ASLA
Join UC Davis Soil Scientist Dr. Vic Claassen and Claire Mooney, Deputy Director of the Parks Conservancy's Design & Planning Department to learn more about the geology of West Peak, and how this informs restoration alternatives. We will meet at the Quarry Lot, and hike approximately 20 minutes up the Mountain Top Trail to explore West Peak and the former Mill Valley Air Force Station. As we hike, we will discuss geologic formations within the larger San Francisco Bay Area, explore the unique properties of serpentine soils, and discuss opportunities and challenges for restoration presented by the site's geology. Those interested in a longer hike can continue on with the hike leaders to complete a three mile loop down the Arturo Trail and back the Lagunitas - Rock Springs Fire Road.
Dr. Vic Claassen is a Soil Scientist with UC Davis, specializing in the revegetation of drastically disturbed soils with native species.
Claire Mooney is trained as an ecologist and landscape architect. She is a member of the project team exploring restoration alternatives at West Peak.