Place: Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Sausalito, California
Coordinates: 37.83225, -122.53899
Length: 3.2 miles
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Last Friday I went to check out a possible trail for the chikas' 4H group. After a grueling drive through the Bay Area traffic and the road constructions at the Marin Headlands, I made it all the way to Rodeo Beach and parked there.
|Map portion copied from National Geographic Mount Tamalpais Point Reyes Trails map. My hike is labeled yellow.|
|A lone surfer at Rodeo Beach|
The fog wasn't too dense but it did hang low and gave the landscape a hazy, dreamy appearance.
|A grove of cypress in the fog.|
|Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis), a common member of the coastal scrub.|
|Coast Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis)|
|Seaside Fleabane (Erigeron glaucus)|
|Marin Headlands coastline|
|Cormorants on a rock.|
|White-crowned Sparrow, adult and juvenile|
|Outside Battery Townsley, a view from Wolf Ridge Trail.|
|Coastal Tarweed (Deinandra corymbosa)|
|Common Sandaster (Corethrogyne filaginifolia)|
But mostly it was the green-gray chaparral, dense scrub filled with invisible, yet very audible, little birds.
|A line of fern seeming two hills|
The trail leads directly into the Headlands Institute. There's a picnic bench there, where I sat down for a quick lunch and admired the deer that were grazing right next to me without fear.
After my lunch break, I took the loop trail around the Rodeo Lagoon. The north portion of the trail is right next to the road with very little to see, so I strode it quickly and crossed the bridge east of the lagoon.
|Cattails on the northern shore of Rodeo Lagoon|
|Great Blue Heron|
I was particularly impressed by this gnarled Eucalyptus tree, branching out its colorful boughs, as if grabbing for something. I love trees with personalities.
The trail ascends mildly on the hillside, allowing a full view of Rodeo Beach and the large sandbar that locks the lagoon water, separating it from the ocean.
|Piperia elegans, coastal|
|California wildrose (Rosa californica)|
|Western Gull at Rodeo Beach|