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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Mt. Tamalpais Watershed: Two Lakes Loop

20061119 Bon Tempe Lake
Bon Tempe Lake

California Hiking says that this hike is popularly called Two Lakes Loop, there is not an official name. It is simply a stroll around Lake Lagunitas and Bon Tempe Lake. I wanted an easy hike to take, as I had not been out on the trail since I had broken a toe. But the hike was even shorter and easier than I was expecting, and the description of this hike won't take long either.

This hike got a rating of 10 out of 10 for scenic value in California Hiking, and calls it "one of the Bay Area's best." I would not go that far.

Two friends from work, Erik and Dana joined me on this hike. From the parking area, we started uphill to the edge of the Lake Lagunitas, and immediately came across some blue herons. The trail goes mostly through forest around the tiny lake. We were quickly done circling it and ready to circle Bon Tempe Lake.

20061119 Blue Heron

Bon Tempe Lake is larger and the trail around it is more varied. We passed through dark forest filled with moss, newts, and banana slugs, and we were also in exposed grasslands. At one point we had to walk along a road before rejoining the trail. We crossed a dam, and had a bit more climbing to do than on the trail around Lake Lagunitas.

20061119 Bon Tempe Lake Loop

20061119 Slug

We finished up plenty early, so on the way back we stopped to stroll around Fairfax.

20061119 Fairfax Theater

Hike Summary:

Date: 19 November 2006
Trail head: Lake Lagunitas Picnic Area
Approximate distance: 5.2 miles
Trail maps

1 comment:

Bud said...

No pictures of the newts you saw?

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