Mt. Tamalpais Half-Day Hike on the Coastal Trail

By Tiffany Douglass

"The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope." 
-Wendell Berry, writer and Mt Tam advocate

The Net Impact San Francisco Professional Chapter takes full advantage of the stunning outdoors right here in our backyards to host many of our social events. So, on a beautiful, sunny January morning, NISF ascended Route 1 to the Rocky Springs Parking Area just a mile south of the summit of Mt Tam to meet a dozen other hiking enthusiasts for a half-day hike!

We covered almost 6 miles of the Coast Trail, Laurel Dell Trail, Cataract Trail, and Old Mine Trail, stopping every quarter mile for a panoramic photo spanning from San Francisco, past the Farallon Islands, toward Bolinas. NISF members and fellow hikers included an impressively active group - including an engineer from Tesla, an analyst from BioMarin, a Board Member of Friends of Mt Tam, and a couch-surfer from Germany! 

Our backpacks were filled with enough organic nut mix, mango strips, and homemade granola to share. Our hiking boots quickly caked in a dusty layer of mud as we hopped over waterfall streams. Our conversations swirled around life hobbies, work skills, international travel dreams, and common networks. 

You can learn more about the different trails and environmental stewardship programs on Mt. Tam here: