Looking northwest. Stinson Beach and Bolinas are visible

A hike on the California Coastal Trail in southern Marin County

23 April 2007 - 6.57 Miles

Gene and I did another section of the Coastal Trail. This time we did a little out-and-back hike on a section of the Coastal Trail located in southern Marin County. We started at the intersection of Bolinas-Fairfax Road and Ridgecrest Boulevard. We hiked south about 3.3 miles and then turned around and headed back to the start of the hike. The weather was beautiful, and it was a great day to hike along the edge of the NORTH AMERICAN TECTONIC PLATE and adjacent to the SAN ANDREAS EARTHQUAKE FAULT. About three hours on the trail and 980 feet of climbing.

Photographs taken by Neil Mishalov with a Canon SD-700is camera


Google Earth satellite/aerial photo map of the area with the GPS tracked route superimposed on the satellite/aerial image.

Hiking data gathered with a Garmin 60Cx GPS Receiver. GPS data converter for Macintosh OSX by Load-My-Tracks.

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This panoramic photo shows parts of STINSON BEACH, BOLINAS and the POINT REYES PENINSULA. This view which looks so peaceful and serene, actually shows an area which is a geologic wonder, experiencing tremendous pressure. The land that I am standing on is a TECTONIC PLATE known as the North American Plate. The land you see at sea level is part of the Pacific Plate. The Pacific Plate is slowly moving north, and that muddy area seen at low tide is know as BOLINAS LAGOON. About two miles north of Bolinas Lagoon is the point of origin when the earth ruptured at 5:16 a.m., on 18 April 1906, during the "SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE of 1906." The land mass moving north is known as the POINT REYES PENINSULA.

Twelve seperate digital photographs were "stitched together" to produce this panoramic image.

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Topographic depiction of the hiking route. GPS tracked route of the hike superimposed on the map. Hike data gathered with a Garmin 60Cx GPS Receiver. Topographic mapping program for Macintosh OSX by National Geograghic.

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The Coastal Trail at the intersection of Bolinas-Fairfax Road and Ridgecrest Boulevard Gene noodling down the trail
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Ridgecrest Boulevard winding up the mountain in the background The coastal communities of Stinson Beach and Bolinas MONTARA MOUNTAIN in the distance
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Ridgecrest Boulevard looking north Rock and California Poppies

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