Hikes & Adventures

Every adventure is an opportunity to explore, learn about, and photograph something amazing.

 
 
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SEPTEMBER HIKE

TARANTULA WALK - Mount Diablo State Park

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Distance - short hike: .5 - 1 mile roundtrip

Because the fall is an amazing time to be outside and observe some of the many wonderful happenings of life.  Male California tarantulas (Aphonopelma iodius) at this time are heading out to search for female tarantulas who are holed up in burrows and holes in the ground waiting for a male to come along to mate with.  We get to observe the male's journey to these burrows.  As they walk along the hill sides and roads we will wander the trails in search of these magnificent arachnids and other inhabitants of Mount Diablo State Park.

 

OCTOBER HIKE-CANCELED DUE TO WILDFIRES & AIR QUALITY

OAK WOODLAND ADVENTURE - Mount Tamalpais State Park

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

11:00am - 2:00pm

Distance - medium hike:  2 - 3 miles round trip

Mount Tamalpais, also known as "Mount Tam" is a fantastic place to explore just over the Golden Gate Bridge in the Marin Headlands.  At the top are some magnificent oak woodlands that are full of wonderful creatures below and above your feet.  Join us as we search for newts, snakes, scorpions, butterflies, and more! 

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NOVEMBER HIKE

SUNSET & NIGHT HIKE - Tennessee Valley, Marin Headlands

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Distance - medium hike:  3 miles roundtrip

A different set of animals comes out at night.  Coyotes, great horned owls, bobcats, frogs, and more.  We will explore the hill sides for these nocturnal creatures as we travel the Tennessee Valley trail to the beach at the end of the trail.  With beautiful scenery around us highlighted by the setting sun it is sure to be an amazing adventure.

 

DECEMBER HIKE

TIDE POOL EXPEDITION - Mavericks Beach, Half Moon Bay

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Distance - short hike:  .5 - 1 mile roundtrip

Under the tide there hides a world ready for exploration.  With every step there is life below our feet!  We carefully tread on the homes of the life below the tides to learn more about what they are and what they do.  Colorful nudibranchs (sea slugs), crabs, sea stars, octopus, and more live their lives as the tide goes out and comes in.  If we can time it just right then we'll be able to explore the mysteries of the tide pool.

 
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JANUARY HIKE

TIDE POOL EXPEDITION 2 - Mavericks Beach, Half Moon Bay

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

12:00pm - 3:00pm

Distance - short hike:  .5 - 1 mile roundtrip

If you missed December's tide pool adventure then you are in luck because the tide offers us another weekend opportunity!  Under the tide there hides a world ready for exploration.  With every step there is life below our feet!  We carefully tread on the homes of the life below the tides to learn more about what they are and what they do.  Colorful nudibranchs (sea slugs), crabs, sea stars, octopus, and more live their lives as the tide goes out and comes in.  If we can time it just right then we'll be able to explore the mysteries of the tide pool.

 

FEBRUARY HIKE

CATARACT FALLS HIKE - Mount Tamalpais State Park

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

11:00am - 2:00pm

Distance - medium/moderate hike:  roughly 5 miles round trip

The winter storms and seasonal rains breathe life into the Bay Area's waterfalls.  One of the most spectacular in the area are the Cataract Falls, located within Mount Tamalpais State Park.  These falls flow from the Cataract creek and into Alpine Lake.  Along our journey to the falls we'll be on the look out for snakes, amphibians, owls, and plenty more!

 

MARCH HIKE

CANCELED

WHALE WATCHING - Abbott's Lagoon, Point Reyes National Seashore

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

11:00am - 2:00pm

Distance - medium hike:  4 miles round trip

Late winter and early spring bring about many migrations of animals.  We'll be heading out to Abbott's Lagoon in Point Reyes to catch the northbound peak of the California gray whale migration as they swim back towards Alaska.  Along the hike we'll be looking for any straggler birds late for their winter/spring migration and of course we'll be looking for the magnificent red-sided garter snakes, river otters, the endangered snowy plover, and a whole lot more!

 

APRIL HIKE

SUNSET & NIGHT HIKE 2 - Tennessee Valley, Marin Headlands

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Distance - medium hike:  3 miles roundtrip

A different set of animals comes out at night.  Coyotes, great horned owls, bobcats, frogs, and more.  We will explore the hill sides for these nocturnal creatures as we travel the Tennessee Valley trail to the beach at the end of the trail.  With beautiful scenery around us highlighted by the setting sun it is sure to be an amazing adventure.

 

MAY HIKE

CANCELED

WILDFLOWER BLOOM, BEES, & BUTTERFLIES - Mitchell Canyon, Mount Diablo State Park

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

11:00am - 2:00pm

Distance - moderate to difficult hike:  5 miles roundtrip

During the spring the wildflowers of Mount Diablo come alive!  Beautiful oranges, dazzling purples, and stunning reds glitter across the landscape.  Bees, butterflies, and a variety of other animals utilize this colored landscape for food and shelter.  We'll be on the look out for horned lizards, California ring-necked snakes, and of course bees and butterflies.  Bring your cameras, sketch pads, and colored pencils to document the amazing landscape.