Hello, my wholehearted friends! Back in mid-July, I did my first solo camping trip and hike on Mt. Tamalpais. I learned so much about myself on the trip, it was truly transformative and the hike was absolutely incredible. More to come in future posts on the transformative effects of this trip and a campsite review, I promise!
For now, I want to share my trail tour! I started from Bootjack Campground and made a 7-mile loop. The treck took me down the Matt Davis trail to Stinson Beach and backup Dipsea and Steep Ravine (named for good reason–hello glutes!). You can also access almost the exact same trail from the Pantoll Campground taking the Dipsea Steep Ravine Matt Davis Loop. The hike was absolutely stunning. It was a warmish day, probably in the upper 70s so I drank a lot of water, used my GoGirl for the first time, and sweated buckets.
Matt Davis trail winds down the mountain going in and out of full sun and shade which was heavenly. Just when the sun becomes too much, you dip right into a tunnel of cool air. On the way up Dipsea is almost completely in the sun, but the majority of the return trip on Steep Ravine is covered by the tree canopy shade. Given the warm day, I was incredibly glad I had the shade going up Steep Ravine because it was steep! Lots of stairs, but so beautiful that you don’t mind.The hike took me about four hours at my own pace, which was sometimes very slow. I found it challenging and exhilarating and I hope you enjoy my tour below!
I hope you enjoyed the tour! I’m excited to share my thoughts on solo hiking in a future post. Let me know in the comments, have you ever hiked alone? Why or why not?