HIKING MOUNT TAMALPAIS WITH THE TRAIL MAP EARLY DRUID HEIGHTS PEOPLE WOULD HAVE USED

This is the trail map of near-to-Druid Heights Mt. Tamalpais that would have been used by Druid Heights residents and visitors back in the 1950s on through at least the 1970s and likely later.  Former 1970s Druid Heights resident David Wills has confirmed that it most certainly was what he used. This is a vintage 1950’s edition that belonged to the author’s parents.

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This would have been the map that Druid Heights visitor and for a time resident in ’69-’70 Gary Snyder used on his hikes there, and perhaps he laid it on the floor at the Marin-An shack just over the hill from Druid Heights to show Jack Kerouac where they would be going before they went on the hike immortalized by Kerouac in “The Dharma Bums”.

There have been some changes over the years but the principle trails are still there. If you hike out to Portrero Meadows (see the map closeup) you will be where Snyder and Kerouac camped in the late spring of ’56 (note: camping on Tamalpais is only allowed in official campgrounds these days and Portrero Meadows isn’t one of those).

The Dharma Bums even describes what they ate the next day for lunch near Stinson Beach, so you could load up on “salami and Ry-Krisp and cheese……and wine”, the latter almost certainly cheap and red, before hitting the trail. The Mill Valley Market still stands  at the foot of Tamalpais as it did in the ’50s  and you should be able to get what you need there, though they might not have the low grade red……

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One Comment on “HIKING MOUNT TAMALPAIS WITH THE TRAIL MAP EARLY DRUID HEIGHTS PEOPLE WOULD HAVE USED

  1. I am loving all of the resources you are finding. It rounds out the vision of life at DH.

    On Mon, Jul 8, 2019 at 3:08 PM Save Druid Heights wrote:

    > michaeltoivonen posted: “This is the trail map of near-to-Druid Heights > Mt. Tamalpais that would have been used by Druid Heights residents and > visitors back in the 1950s on through at least the 1970s and likely later. > Former 1970s Druid Heights resident David Wills has confirmed” >

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