Hiking the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods and Point Reyes

Learn the story of Marin County and hike its well-maintained trails as you discover the unique geography, history, flora and fauna of this beautifully preserved region.
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Program No. 21900RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Bay Area residents are known to be “outdoorsy” — and it’s no wonder. The Marin Headlands, Angel Island, Mount Tamalpais, Point Reyes National Seashore and countless other Marin County hiking opportunities are right in their backyards. Journey by foot with a local expert into the history, geography, geology, flora and fauna of Marin County. Learn about the efforts of local government, environmental advocacy groups and individual citizens who said “no” to development and preserved much of Marin County as open space for all to enjoy.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
Hiking up to five miles over uneven and steep terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the wilds and legends of Angel Island, once the Ellis Island of the West, for views of San Francisco Bay.
  • Experience the biodiversity of Point Reyes National Seashore as you walk along coastal bluffs and look for marine mammals and spectacular seabirds.
  • Hike through the Marin Headlands and savor the sweeping vistas of the Golden Gate.
Featured Expert
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David Wimpfheimer
David Wimpfheimer, is a biologist and professional naturalist with a passion for birds and the natural history of the West. Since the mid-1980s, David has shared his knowledge of the natural world with hundreds of groups. From birding classes to whale watching expeditions to natural history hikes, David takes great pleasure in leading people on hikes of discovery and exploration. Along with the intended, nature's unpredictability might present you with the unexpected excitement of a unique bird behavior, or a mammalian critter such as a hunting bobcat or meandering coyote. Lizards, butterflies, trees, lichen, fungi and even paw prints may be in your path. Even though David is most passionate about birds and the majority of his excursions are geared toward teaching and interpreting the language of the avian world, he is just as enthusiastic teaching about all the wonders of nature.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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