For today's journey, we started at the top of the mountain, hiked to the lake, had a snack of a bagel and some trail mix, and hiked back up. This tree was at the beginning of the trail, at the top of the mountain. Note that we were above the fog line here.
This trail goes from the top of Mount Tamalpais down to Alpine Lake. I'm not exactly sure how long it is, but I know about half way is 1.8 miles. This trail will have you muttering, "Stairmaster, eat your heart out," as you gasp for air as you hike up the trail! You can either start at the top of the mountain, hike down and then hike back up, leaving the really hard stuff for the return. Or you can start at Alpine Lake, hike up and the trot back down the trail. Note that much of the trail is in the shade, so it's often a bit slippery. Trotting down can be hazerdous to your health.
Equipment: Wear layers, as you may be hot in some areas and cold in others. Good, sturdy walking or hiking shoes. Sunscreen. Water. Maybe a snack.