Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and NorCal High School Mountain Bike League present a Wildflower Ride on Mt. Tam.
Leaders: Bruce Homer-Smith, Joe Breeze, Christina Toms and Phil Greer
The preliminary route will make a clockwise circuit around Mt. Tam, including Mountain Home, the West Peak, turning north and east behind Mountain Theater, onto Rock Spring Road, down Rocky Ridge Road to Bon Tempe Dam, along Bull Frog Road, up the paved road to Lake Lagunitas, up Eldridge Grade, down Indian Fire Road and Hoo Koo Y Koo Fire Road to Old Railroad, to Gravity Car and back to Mountain Home. The route is 20 miles long with 3,200 feet of elevation gain and multiple stops and will result in a 5 hour ride. There are points along the route to turn back for a shorter ride.
Stops along the way will include Double Bow Knot (large Fir, 3 kinds of Manzanita, Chinquapin), the base of Fern Canyon (Redwood, undergrowth plants, Chain Fern), chaparral shrub flowers on Railroad Grade (Yerba Santa, several ceanothus, Chaparral Pea), serpentine Chaparral on Rocky Ridge Road (Leather Oak, Tamalpais Manzanita), the seep at Lake Lagunitas (Oracle Oak, Shooting Star, California Saxifrage, Mistmaiden , Spoon-Leaved Sedum), and Eldridge Grade(California Nutmeg).
For questions, contact Bruce at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650 948 9090.