Trails of The Mt. Tam Watershed

Whether on bike, foot or snug in a backpack carrier, the trails of Mount Tam Watershed in Marin are the ideal antidote to the busy traffic filled streets, stressful workdays and constant onslaught of technology that surround us day in and day out. Those of us who live here are eternally grateful to have the woods as a close escape to get lost in and to shake off all the external pressures of life. Marin is overwhelmed with nature and many spots are well kept secrets. Some are hard to get to but, at times, even the not-so-hard-to-get-to parts seem completely undiscovered.

There are multiple intimate redwood groves, off the beaten path waterfalls, beaches, lakes, rivers, swaths of open space, and quiet lagoons, all waiting to be explored and all protected from construction of any kind. To get lost, deep in nature and stroll along the water’s edge with no one in sight except for a family of camouflaged deer, a stray gray heron or a fuchsia necked Anna’s hummingbird, is the ultimate way to turn inward and leave civilization far behind, even if only for an hour. It’s the gift for the price we pay to live here, which is inevitably steep, from rent to food to taxes.

Once you hike along a pine needle covered winding trail on Mt. Tam that takes you up high to a stunning view of the Pacific or ride swiftly along the rim of Lagunitas Lake over wooden bridges that cover rocky creeks, you won’t look back to your former life. When the cool air pushes you to walk longer, run faster, ride harder or simply stop and take it all in, with the brilliant sun on your back, it’s easy to remember why living here in Marin is truly priceless.

In future articles Marin Nomad will highlight the perfect spots to get purposely lost in…and get as far away from those pesky EMF’s as possible.


As a photographer, writer, psychotherapist and nature lover, I am passionate about living in Marin County, CA. The perfect home base, Fairfax, CA is where I get out daily on the miles and miles of open space and find inspiration and plot my next journey out of Marin into the world. More about Mary... Mary is a New York Native who has been living in Northern CA for the past 20 years. She is a "Creative Image Photographer" infusing digital images with innovative techniques. Her favorite spot to take photos is muddled amidst the trees of Marin County CA, or in an exotic urban environment near the ocean, under the sky, and completely in awe. Mary's goal is to capture this scenery, to reach into the mystery of life, into the everyday magic, use the light and the dark as guides, delve into the chaos or the quiet and capture and whittle away at these snapshots, without disrupting their original essence, until they come alive and rich with depth and mood. Her mission is to create unique works of art that bring this depth, mystery, upheaval or serenity to people's walls and homes and ultimately that her work becomes a catalyst to help shift onlookers mood and outlook even if for a moment in time. Her work has been described as dreamy, ethereal, mysterious and mythical and yet also simple and straightforward. Currently her photos are on display at Google Headquarters in California.

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