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I visited my sister in San Francisco over the Memorial Day weekend.  On Sunday she took me to her favorite trails in Mt. Tamalpais State Park.

Park entrance

Park entrance

We managed to find a parking spot near the Pantoll Ranger Station despite the amount of tourists (yes, I was one of them).  We started on the Coastal Fire Road and then hooked on to the Dipsea Trail.  It was sunny when we began our hike and a layer of fog was hugging the coastline.

Coastal fog

Coastal fog

My sister was disappointed that I didn’t get clear views of the city and coast, but I thought it was still quite beautiful.  Once we got onto the Dipsea Trail we were hiking in a thick forest of redwoods.

Moss on trees

Moss on trees

I was amazed!  Those trees are beautiful, and despite my sister’s 3.5 mph pace, I managed to keep up with her and take pictures!  Several trail runners passed us and I thought to myself that this would be a great place for them.

My sister calls these the "Pillars of Tam".

My sister calls these the “Pillars of Tam”.

Our descent on the trail had me wondering, what will the ascent be like?  We hooked onto the aptly named Steep Ravine Trail.  Thankfully the towering trees provided shade and cooler temperatures for me to keep up with my sister on our ascent back to the ranger station.

Redwoods

Redwoods

When we returned to the station, my sister and I took a short break and then decided to do a different trail.  We took the Alpine Trail to the TCC Trail which had less elevation gain and was a great way to cool down and have conversations without running out of breath.

On the TCC trail.

On the TCC trail.

End of our hike.

End of our hike.

Afterwards we decided that we needed to rehydrate and that beer was in order.  She took me to the Gestalt Haus in the quaint town of Fairfax.  It was a neat bar where we enjoyed drinks and sausages (vegan too) amongst mountain bikers who hung up their bikes inside the bar and caught up on rides with their friends.

Great biker bar!

Great biker bar!

Thanks to my sister for a magical day outdoors.

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