WHAT TO BRING
ON A DAY OR EVENING HIKE?
- ON HOT DAYS BRING AT LEAST THREE BOTTLES OF WATER.
- Most hikes do not pass by public drinking water sources.
- HEALTH & FIRST AID
- Please be aware of your pre-existing health conditions that might be affected by more exercise than you are accustomed to. Chest pains, problems with sugar, difficulties in hot weather all can be exacerbated by hiking. Hike leaders carry minimal first-aid supplies (e.g. band-aids and simple blister remedies), as well as a State Parks radio to call for assistance in an emergency.
- EXACTLY HOW LONG WILL THE HIKE LAST
- The exact time the hike will end cannot be predicted due to differences in the pace each group moves and conditions out on the trails. For Saturday hikes, especially your first one, leave the afternoon open even though the hike will usually return before 2:30 PM. Being unfamiliar with driving distances makes for a hectic day if you have to be somewhere shortly after your first hike with us.
- Weekend hikes stop for lunch; a light sandwich and fruit are fine. Wednesday evening hikes stop for a snack.
- SUNSCREEN/SUNGLASSES/INSECT REPELLENT
- Protect yourself, wear a wide brim hat – the hike may spend the day out in full sun. Ticks, mosquitoes, horse flies and yellow jackets are present, but not abundant.
- STURDY BOOTS
- Your most important gear. The trails are uneven, rocky and very steep in places. To provide stable footing, mid-height (or higher) with lugged soles and plenty of tread are highly recommended. Sandals, sneakers and running shoes are not recommended.
- Nice to have for Wednesday evening and/or moonlight hikes.
- CELL PHONE
- If you have one, bring it. It is a good idea to share your cell phone number with the hike leader. Being able to communicate before the hike on rainy days and fire danger days or if separated can be helpful.
- A map, like the 10th edition of the Olmsted map of the Mt. Tamalpais area hiking trials, and/or a guide book such as “Tamalpais Trails” by Barry Spitz, are excellent ways to increase your familiarity with the beautiful Mt. Tam area. A guided hike is a good time to practice hands-on use of the trail map and navigation devices, although you can depend on the hike leader to lead the way.