Photos from a December Hike on Mount Tamalpais/Rock Spring Trailhead
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Parking lot at Rock Spring
Parking lot at Rock Spring
Start of the trail
Start of the trail
Junction
Junction; bear right
Junction
Junction; bear left
Through the woods
Through the woods on Simmons Trail
At the end of the bridge stayto the left
Stay to the left at the far end of the bridge
Chamise and a ceanothus
Simmons Trail emerges into chaparral, dominated by chamise and ceanothus
The trail looks like a channel cut by rain runoff
Trail resembles a rain runoff channel carved into the rock
Lots of serpentine rock
Simmons Trail passes through serpentine rock
Vegetation shifts to manzanita
Vegetation shifts to manzanita
Manzanita
Manzanita
      Rocky trail and view north
      View north
Short stretch of woods
Short stretch of woods
Toyon
Toyon
       
      Transition
Approaching junction near Barth's Retreat
Approaching junction near Barth's Retreat
Trail is lined with toyon and oaks
The road out of Barth's Retreat is wide and lined with toyon and oaks
Junction with Laurel Dell Fire Road
Junction with Laurel Dell Fire Road
View north
Fire Road reveals great views north, sometimes all the way to Mt. St. Helena
Junction with path to Potrero Meadows
Junction with path to Potrero Meadows; continue straight
Junction with Bernstein Trail
Junction with Benstein Trail
Benstein Trail
Benstein Trail
Trail is rocky and hard to follow in places
Trail is rocky and hard to follow in places
      A last patch of sunshine as the trail enters deep woods
      Benstein Trail
      Tanoak
      Tanoak
      Chinquapins  
      Chinquapins
Dark woods
Dark woods; with little light, there's hardly any undergrowth
Junction with Rock Spring-Lagunitas Fire Road
Junction with Rock Spring-Lagunitas Fire Road
Rock Spring-Lagunitas Fire Road
Benstein and Rock Spring-Lagunitas Fire Road run together briefly
Junction with Benstein Trail
Benstein departs on the right
California bay about to bloom
California bay about to bloom
Benstein Trail
Benstein Trail
Switchback
Switchback
Bridge
Bridge erected by TCC
Junction
Junction
      Canyon Live Oak
      Canyon live oak
Madrone
Pretty madrone
Bones on the side of the trail
Small mammal bones on the side of the trail
Rocky segment
Very rocky though here
Trail's end
End of the trail
 





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