Decepticon weather around Muir Woods
Trip Start Jun 28, 2009
24Trip End Aug 25, 2009
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We should have guessed that things were not going to be easy getting to Muir Woods when we hit slow traffic just trying to get onto the Golden Gate bridge
In typical San Francisco fashion it was definitely not beach weather at Muir Beach but there was an assortment of brave people huddled together in blankets and sleeping bags fighting off the cold winds coming off of the Pacific. We walked onto the small beach then headed up the southern cliff to try and get some hiking in. After all that was our goal - to get out of San Francisco and do some hiking. We considered this our warm up hike and enjoyed the view from the top. We watched the waves crash against the rocks below and and admired some of the unique architecture of the homes on the other side of the beach.
The warm up hike was nice but we longed for something a bit more challenging or at least lengthy. A friend had suggested we try the Steep Ravine Trail and so we headed north in search of the trail head
We drove into the Pantoll Ranger Station Park HQ however once again there were no parking spots to be had. We spied some more spots a bit up the hill across the road but they were full and so instead we climbed up higher until we finally found a place to park the car. We emerged at a spot called Trojan Point and began to enjoy the sun and warm temperatures. The land around us was parched. The grass a golden brown and the clouds hovered underneath us as a white fluffy blanket. There were some trails crisscrossing the hills and so we began our hike and entered into the tall grass.
We followed the contour of the hill and then disappeared into a thick woody patch. The shade was a welcome relief from the strong rays of the sun. We hiked for about 2 km and then emerged at the Pantoll ranger station where we were able to our bearings, a map and some guidance on where we would find some redwood trees
We continued on for about an hour before we decided we should have an exit strategy. We decided to abandon Ben Johnson and look for Dipsea which led us back up to the Ranger Station. There was no trail back to the car so we slowly followed the road on some very sore and tired legs. Eventually we found the car. We had hiked for about 4 hours. We were tired, hungry and exhausted. Back in the car we headed away and stopped at a hilltop hotel/restaurant and enjoyed an amazing burger with home fries covered in rosemary and olive oil. That seemed to satisfy our hunger until we found ourselves stopped in the traffic trying to get back into San Francisco.