The secret to hiking beneath the moon on Mt. Tamalpais lies in knowing the right people. Rob Ross, for example. Ross has been moon-hiking on Mt. Tam for 13 years. Every month on the Saturday nearest a full moon, from April through October, Ross leads a two-mile mountainside hike sponsored by the Mount Tam Interpretive Association. “You’re out there on the mountain in the moonlight…there’s an energy that’s just contagious,” says Ross. After joining the Ross-led loop at the Pantoll Ranger Station, you’ll move at a relaxed pace, stopping a half dozen times to absorb the night sounds and the glowing moonlit mountainscape. Along the way, Ross will regale you at the Mountain Theater with his story “How the Maiden Came to Be.” Need further incentive to dance with the stars? The trip is free, so as Ross says, “it’s the ultimate cheap date.”
For more information, click here. The next trip is July 28,meeting at 8:30 p.m. at Pantoll Ranger Station. Dress in layers and bring a small flashlight. Directions: From Hwy. 101 in Mill Valley, take Hwy. 1 toward Stinson Beach, and after 3.6 miles turn right on Panoramic Hwy. Continue 5.3 miles to Pantoll Ranger Station, on the left side of the road.