Photos from a December 2001 hike at Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve & Mount Tamalpais
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Trailhead
Trailhead
Old Railroad Grade
Old Railroad Grade
Huckleberry
Huckleberry
Junction
Junction with Horseshoe Fire Road
Old Railroad Grade
Old Railroad Grade
View to East Peak
View to East Peak from the trail
Railroad cut
The cuts in the hillsides made for the railroad tracks keep the ascent easy
Chaparral pea
Chaparral pea
Chaparral on the sides of the trail
Chaparral lines the trail
Redwoods
Redwoods
Great views to the summit
Great views to the summit
Gate
Gate marks a transition to a paved section
Summit Road
Summit Road, which accesses some hillside houses
Junction with Fern Canyon Road
Junction with Fern Canyon Road
View
View
Fern Canyon Road
Fern Canyon Road
Junction
Temelpa Trail starts on the right
Fern Canyon Road
Watch out for cars along Fern Canyon Road
Neighborhood welcome
Neighborhood welcome
Gate at end of the paved road
Gate at the end of the paved road
Old Railroad Grade
Old Railroad Grade again
Junction
Junction; turn right
Double bowknot
Double bowknot
Oak
A pretty oak
Leaves
Oak leaves and madrone bark on the ground
Junction
Junction
Sidewalk and old train junction
This sidewalk served as a platform for the trains
     Manzanita in bloom
     Manzanita in bloom
Winding uphill
Winding uphill
Coulter pine
Coulter pine
Old Railroad Grade
Old Railroad Grade
Junction
Junction with Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Fire Road
Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Fire Road
Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Fire Road
     Redwoods
     Redwoods
Descent and view
Descent and view
Blithedale Ridge
View south
Junction
Junction with Temelpa
A look down Temelpa
A look down Temelpa
View uphill
View uphill to Tam's summit
Junction
Junction with Wheeler Trail
Chamise
Chamise
Blithedale Ridge
Blithedale Ridge
Giant chain fern
Giant chain fern
Passing through redwoods
Passing through redwoods
Junction
Junction
Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail
Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail
Silk-tassel
Silk-tassel
Echo Rock
Trail prepares to pass beneath Echo Rock
Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail
Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail
View out of the canyon south
View out of the canyon to the south
Blithedale Fire Road
Blithedale Fire Road
Ridge
This ridge separates the towns of Mill Valley and Larkspur
Approaching junction
Horseshoe Fire Road departs to the right just before the fire road starts to climb
Descent
Descent
Descent
Horseshoe Fire Road
Junction
Junction with Old Railroad Grade
Return
Returning to the trailhead




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