A Ramble in the Marin Headlands: 31 March 2005

Rhubarb Trail, Oakwood Valley Trail, Alta Trail, Wolfback Ridge Trail, Radio Tower Summit Trail, Rodeo Valley Trail, Miwok Trail, Wolf Ridge Trail, Hill 88 Trail, Coastal Trail, Tennessee Valley Trail

A hike of 11.5 miles in distance; 2,454 feet of climbing

Latitude: North 37° 51.469’

Longitude: West 122° 32.186’

Photos by Neil Mishalov

Valerie and I started this little jaunt at 7:45 a.m at the Tennessee Valley parking lot of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Tennessee Valley got its name because on 6 March 1853, the S.S. Tennessee, a side-paddle steamer that carried 551 passengers bound for San Francisco and the gold rush, beached at a cove on the Pacific coast, near the valley, one foggy day one hundred and fifty two years ago.

All photographs were taken with a Canon 20D camera

All Images and Text Copyright © by Neil Mishalov


Topographic Map of the Area with a GPS Tracked Route Superimposed

Hike data gathered with a Garmin 60C GPS RECEIVER

Topographic mapping program for Macintosh OSX by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Satellite Photo Map of the Area with a GPS Tracked Route Superimposed

TerraBrowser satellite mapping program for Macintosh OSX by CHIMOOSOFT

GPS track converter by GPSBABEL

Panoramic View of San Francisco and the Golden Gate

Picture taken near Wolfback Ridge at an elevation of 1,111 feet

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Tennessee Valley entrance Spanish Moss Indian Paint Brush
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Site of the World War II Marinship Liberty ship construction facility located in Sausalito. 93 Liberty ships were built at this location Valerie getting ready to take a close-up photograph
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Taking in the beautiful view from a peak above Wolfback Ridge This area use to be part of an extensive U.S. Army installation. Fort Cronkhite and Fort Baker were connected via this tunnel located on Bunker Road
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Heading up the Miwok Trail A view of San Francisco from the Miwok Trail
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The Coastal Trail Heading west on Wolf Ridge Trail A spider, poised on a lovely Columbine flower, is patiently waiting for its meal to fly on to the flower
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A Ceanosis lilac. The fragrance that these flowers radiate is head-spinning and delightful A grand view of the Mount Tamalpais massif, from the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco Bay A view of Rodeo Lagoon, and the former site of Fort Cronkhite. This is now the location of the Marine Mammal Center
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An additional view of Fort Cronkhite, and in the distance San Francisco As we climbed up Wolf Ridge Trail we noticed some man-made structures on the top of Wolf Ridge. What could they be? The site (Site 88C-Wolf Ridge) of a former Nike missile surface to air launching facility. Probably built sometime in the 1950's, during the Cold War, this site, among others across the United States, had liquid fueled Nike missiles poised to defend the United States from an air launched attack. None of the facilities were ever used
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Go HERE for more information about Nike Missile sites of the San Francisco Bay Area

Go HERE for a rendering of this particular site when it was active and complete

The platform on the left was for one of the target-tracking radars. The platform on the right was for an acquistion radar. Both radars were housed in geodesic domes
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A Tiger Lily California Poppies are hardy, yet delicate plants.

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