Carpools and caravans
During the orientation, we will try to arrange carpools to drive to the field trip locations. This will conserve resources, decreas carbon dioxide emissions, and make driving more pleasurable and parking at the sites easier! We will drive in a caravan from site to site, so that we minimize losing people.
San Francisco Bay Model, Sausalito
From San Francisco Take 101 north across the Golden Gate Bridge. Follow Hwy. 101 to the Sausalito-Marin City Exit. Follow the signs to Sausalito until you are diving towards downtown Sausalito on Bridgeway. Look for small brown and white Bay Model direction signs. Turn left on Harbor, then almost immediately turn right on Marinship Way and follow the signs to the Bay Model.
Pohono Street Marsh, Sausalito
From the Bay Model go back to Bridgeway and turn right. Continue on Bridgeway until you get back on 101 North, but stay in the right lane as if you were headed to mill Valley on Hwy #1 and take the first right onto Pohono St. and park on the dirt open areas. The site is located in Marin City directly behind (east) the corporate offices of Merrill Lynch.
China Camp State Park, East of San Rafael
Get back on 101 North and continue passed the city of San Rafael and get off at North San Pedro Road exit. Take North San Pedro Road East (the exit ramp splits into east and west). This road will continue for several miles through housing and will end up eventually in China Cam State Park. Less than a quarter mile into the park you will see the entrance to Back Ranch Campground on the right. Just past this the road widens and there is gravel parking space on either side of the road and there is a hill to the left (Turtle Back Hill). Park just before the hill and we will start the hike there. This is a litle tricky. Do not pass your instructors and look out for them waiving at you at the parking spot.
HeronŐs Head Park, San Francisco
From 101 Northbound, take the Caesar Chavez St Exit. Go right onto Caesar Chavez at the base of the exit. Turn right onto Third Street. Turn left onto Cargo Way. Drive all the way down Cargo Way. You will see a parking lot for Heron's Head Park at the junction of Cargo Ave and Jennings.
From Third Street downtown, go South through Potrero Hill, past Cesar Chavez Street, and turn left onto Cargo Way. Drive all the way down Cargo Way. You will see a parking lot for Heron's Head Park at the junction of Cargo Ave.
Bayfront Park, Menlo Park
From US 101 in San Mateo County, exit Marsh Road. Drive east, and where the road bends sharply right at the junction with Bayfront Expressway, continue straight into the park. Park at the FIRST parking lot (the one with a bathroom).
When exiting Bayfront Park, make a left turn and follow Highway 84 until the last exit before Dumbarton bridge. We will meet right at the base of the bridge (south side).