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.
- FIRST AID
- Hike docents carry minimal first-aid supplies (e.g. band-aids and simple blister remedies).
- 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.
- SUN PROTECTION
- 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 Mt. Tam trails. 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 docent to lead the way.