Above: Tule Elks at Tomales Point
Posted in Blogging Marin on Monday, November 14, 2016 by MCVB Staff
By Whitney Butler
From atop Mount Tamalpais, gray whales can be seen in migratory patterns, as seal pups learn to swim where the sand meets the surf. In the grasslands near the ridgeline, tule elk graze peacefully. Two-thousand-year-old redwoods call travelers to explore their ancient past near the rugged Pacific coastline, just a short drive north from San Francisco.
You might plan a visit to Marin County to take advantage of world-class dining and exciting evening entertainment, but its most breathtaking hallmarks are its natural backdrop and scenic splendor.
Marin’s biodiversity is in a class all its own—supporting a variety of Northern California ecosystems, including redwood forests, savannas, salt marshes and coastal grasslands.
Experience this bounty for one-of-a-kind moments you’ll remember well after your visit to Marin County through a personalized hiking tour. Here are a few of our favorites:
Point Reyes Outdoors
For an intimate view of tule elk, wildflowers or the Point Reyes tidepools, don’t miss a chance to connect with the team at Point Reyes Outdoors.
Led by naturalist hiking guides, you’ll explore various ecosystems within the Point Reyes National Seashore. Important wildlife events occur here all year long, including the mating of harbor and elephant seals, as well as migratory bird watching.
No matter when you plan your visit, the guides at Point Reyes Outdoors will plan the perfect outdoor adventure. There are several packages to choose from, with discounts for large groups, and free admission for children 7 and under.
This is a great family escape or personal adventure. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a custom experience hiking the breathtaking coastline at Point Reyes National Seashore.
Tam Hiking Tours
As the name suggests, these personalized tours focus on Mount Tamalpais and its nearby ecosystems.
With more than a dozen hiking tours to choose from, each with a different skill level, time and price, the hardest part will be trying to figure out which one to take on your next trip to Marin.
The Tam and Tide package features a water taxi pickup, picnic lunch on Angel Island and a two-hour hike.
The Rock Walk With Ross tour explores the dynamic rock formations of the Bay Area. This two-hour hike digs into the geological past of Marin County and explores parts of Mount Tamalpais, Tennessee Valley and the Denos goldmine claim at Pantoll Ranger Station.
For an adventure amongst California’s world-famous redwoods or unparalleled views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, treat yourself to a half-day walking tour with the experts at Coastal Walkers.
The six-mile long Muir Woods and Mt. Tamalpais tour features the quiet, fern-lined trails of Mt. Tamalpais for coveted access to the Muir Woods National Monument without the crowds. While the Sausalito to the Golden Gate Overlook tour follows a coastal route along the waterfront for spectacular views of Angel Island, Alcatraz, the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge’s north tower.
With tours led by native San Franciscans and trips limited to 10 walkers or less, you’ll get an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime scoop on local geography, wildlife, history and lore.
Point Reyes Safaris
Wildlife can be enjoyed on most tours by coincidence; there’s an abundance of it here! But for outdoor hikers looking to get up close and personal with some of Marin’s rarest and most majestic creatures, Point Reyes Safaris is the best tour to take.
Your guide is a professional wildlife photographer and passionate California naturalist. Join him on a full-day excursion with your favorite camera and explore the various habitats within the Point Reyes National Seashore.
You’ll snap great shots of several species, including elk, birds of prey, mountain lions, long-tailed weasels, badgers and much more.
Your trip can be customized to your photographic interest, or tailored to ability. And what better way to remember Marin than with a keepsake photograph you take yourself.
For all you need to plan your Marin County vacation, visit the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website or Facebook page, or download the mobile app.