Peak Hike for Prevention Climbs Mt. Tam Tomorrow, Ends in Fancy Picnic

Score a trifecta on the trail tomorrow at the Peak Hike for Prevention. For nearly two decades the annual event to the top of Mt. Tamalpais has benefited the Breast Cancer Fund while offering an active day of sweat-inducing exercise, concluding with a fancy picnic spread high above San Francisco Bay. 

[jump] We know you want to get involved because it's a worthwhile charity dedicated to exposing and eliminating the environmental causes of breast cancer. And it's still easy to sign-up for the – mile hike, starting at 8:30 a.m., and even easier to donate to a hiker that's already participating. But this is, after all, a food blog, so let me put the proverbial cherry on top: the post-hike celebration goes from 11 until 3:30 p.m.. It will feature locally-sourced produce; California quinoa, heaping portions of kale, spinach orzo, feta salad, organic coldcuts, and hummus. So much hummus. They also promise live entertainment, overlooking the entirety of the bay, sprawled out in so much scenic grandeur below. 

What more incentive could you possibly require? Well, the indelibly charming Pelican Inn is right in the neighborhood, should you require some afternoon tipples to quench your altruistically-augmented thirst. A pint of freshly-hopped Lagunitas should suffice. Do I have your attention yet? Good. Bring your walking shoes, lots of water and a $65 registration fee to the Mt. Tamalpais trailhead, located at Santos Meadow on Muir Woods Road.

Unfamiliar with this section of the Marin Headlands? From either direction on Hwy 101, take the Stinson Beach/Hwy 1 exit (near Mill Valley). Follow the exit .7 miles to the second stoplight, which has a gas station on your left. Turn left, which is Hwy 1. (You will be driving along this winding road for 5.4 miles.) After going 2.8 miles, you will come to a “Y” in the road. Stay to the left fork even though the right fork is marked as the route to Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods. Staying to the left keeps you on Hwy 1 and the designated route to Stinson Beach. Continue along Hwy 1 for an additional 2.6 miles (5.4 from stoplight.) At this point, approximately 200 yards after a brown sign with arrows to Muir Woods and Muir Beach, (and passing Pelican Inn) Hwy 1 curves sharply to the left. Turn right here onto Muir Woods Road. Turn off of Hwy 1 (although it will feel more like going straight since the highway curves.) Follow this for .7 miles and look for a Peak Hike sign and prayer flags on your left. Make a left into *Santos Meadow* where you will park, register and begin hiking.

For additional information, email or call (415)346-8223. See you on the trail.

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