Kids' Hike from Pantoll Campground to Stinson Beach 10/5

San Francisco, CA

Apologies for not posting this earlier, but if you miss this one, there will be another hike in two weeks. Did you know you're only a bus ride away from gorgeous forests? This meetup is a bi-weekly hike for homeschoolers/unschoolers or any kids 0-12 in the Bay/Marin/Sausalito area on hike days, (even if you're just in town that day, please feel free to join). The hike is from PanToll Ranger Station to Stinson Beach. The first meetup will be on October 5th. The 7 y.o., 5 y.o., and 3 y.o. here will be on the hike. The hike will start about 9:30 AM from the ranger station parking lot, and will take roughly three hours. At the bottom of the hill, we thought it would be fun to go for soft-serve ice cream at the Snack Shack, play on the beach, and play on the Stinson Beach playground. We're going to head back into town right at 3 PM. The hike is all downhill, and only has one difficult bit which is a 10 foot long ladder that bridges the trail over a small cliff, (see picture). The three y.o. here made it down the ladder on her own for the first time this year. We always bring a bottle of water and several PB&J sandwiches, and wind up polishing them off during the hike. The first two-thirds of the hike are in the shade of a large ravine. The last third is exposed to the usually fairly sunny weather. If you've never been to Pantoll, it's super-easy to reach from San Francisco or the Sausalito/Marin area on public transit. From SF take the Golden Gate 4 across the bridge to Equator coffee where you'll catch the Marin 61 to Pantoll. After the hike, you can catch the 61 back to Equator Coffee and then hop the 4 or another Golden Gate transit bus back into SF. Of course, you could also drive. The gang are headed up via public transit leaving San Francisco at 7:20 on the Golde Gate 4 if you'd like to ride with them. If not, there's plenty of parking at PanToll Ranger Station. You might want to consider taking the 61 back up the hill to your car though. If you'd like to join in on the Marin side of the bridge, you cant catch the gang at Equator Coffee about 8:30 where they'll catch the 61 the rest of the way up.

  • Tara
    Dec 07, 2018

    Hi! I would love to learn about this meetup as well as other communities for Bay Area homeschoolers . We are considering home schooling beginning next fall. Thanks, tara

  • antigrav_kids
    Dec 07, 2018

    Hi Tara! We've moved it to Mondays now, which means it will be the Monday after next if all goes well. The homeschool group we hangout with in town are sfhomeschoolers at They have playground days on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. You don't have to be a member to come to the playground days. It might be a good way to get info. Next Monday's is at Precita Park. Tuesday's is at Hamilton Rec Center.