Mount Tamalpais Hike

Phoenix Reservoir to Gardner Lookout on East Peak Summit

Photos by Neil Mishalov

On 25 May 2006 Gene and I did a 12.26 mile hike from Phoenix Reservoir to Gardner Lookout on the East Peak summit of Mount Tamalpais. The route was via the Bill Williams Trail, Tucker Trail, Eldridge Grade, "Gnarly Trail", Verna Dunshee Trail, Summit Trail, Temelpa Trail, Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail, Indian Road Trail, Windy Ridge Trail and the Harry Allen Trail. We started at 9:40 a.m., and finished at 3:48 p.m. 3,280 feet of climbing.

All photographs were taken with a Canon S50 camera

Images and Text Copyright © Neil Mishalov


Topographic Map of the Area with a GPS Tracked Route Superimposed

Hike data gathered with a Garmin 60Cx GPS RECEIVER

Topographic mapping program for Macintosh OSX by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

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

If you have Google Earth for Macintosh OSX or Windows XP/2000, you can view this hike in a 3 dimensional interface of Planet Earth. Simply download this very small KMZ file (TAM-25MAY.KMZ.ZIP) to your computer, unzip the file and click on it. Google Earth is a free download; you can get it HERE.

Google Earth satellite mapping program for Macintosh OSX

GPS data converter by LOAD-MY-TRACKS

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Panoramic view looking East. Five separate digital photographs were "stitched together" to produce the panoramic image.

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We started this hike at Phoenix Reservoir. Built in 1905 with a 411 acre foot capacity, it is at an elevation of 180 feet. This is the dam head. There are a total of seven reservoirs that provide drinking water for southern Marin County The southern portion of Phoenix Reservoir Our destination is Gardner Lookout on the East Peak summit (2,571 feet) of Mount Tamalpais
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On the Bill Williams Trail Gene White, the route-meister, checking for our next move. (We went on the Tucker Trail) Bald Hill (1,141 feet) on the upper left and Phoenix Reservoir barely visible at the lower right center
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Windy Ridge Trail. We'll take Windy Ridge Trail back to Phoenix Reservoir. Parts of Kentfield, Ross and San Anselmo are visible Indian Paint Brush We took an unnamed gnarly trail straight up for about 350 feet
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Looking back down at "gnarly trail" The top of "gnarly trail." The Pacific Ocean, the Marin Headlands and part of San Francisco are visible in the distance Gardner Lookout and the East Peak summit is getting closer
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A couple of hundred feet below the summit of Mt. Tam I spotted these Turkey Vultures sitting on a rock and catching a few rays. Gardner Lookout on the East Peak (2,571 feet) summit of Mount Tamalpais Looking at barely visible Phoenix Reservoir from the summit
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Getting ready to head back to Phoenix Reservoir. Part of Corte Madera and the Tiburon Peninsula are visible in the distance The white radar dome is on West Peak (2,574 feet) Three reservoirs are visible in this photo: Alpine (built 1918, elevation 648 feet, 8,891 acre feet), Bon Tempe (built 1953, elevation 718 feet, 4,017 acre feet) and barely visible, Lagunitas (built 1872, elevation 783 feet, 350 acre feet)
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Descending the Temelpa Trail. This trail has been used since the 1850's. A view of Blithdale Ridge and San Francisco Heading down the Harry Allen Trail
A view of Phoenix Reservoir from the Harry Allen Trail

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This page created on 27 May 2006. All photographs copyright 2006, by NEIL MISHALOV