Black Mountain Earth Day Pilgrimage

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A Benefit for Black Mountain Circle

Join Black Mountain Circle staff and board, naturalists Claire Peaslee, Rob Hayden and Ruby Fisher-Smith, and Coast Miwok Sky Road Webb on a pilgrimage walk to the 1,280 foot summit of Black Mountain which offers one of the most spectacular views in the North Bay (of the Pacific Ocean, Point Reyes, Drakes Bay and Estero, Tomales Bay,  Mt. Tamalpais, Mt. St. Helena, and even the Sierra on a clear day!).

Our walk begins at Black Mountain Ranch, a 1200 acre privately owned ranch protected by a Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) easement. Access to the public is rare, only a few times each year. We are honored to walk this local landmark on Earth Day, as we celebrate the earth and the resilience she offers us, especially now during turbulent times. Walking this landscape is particularly meaningful for us because Black Mountain Circle draws its name from this sky-high ridge that meets the sunrise with its shapely lone mountain characterized by its steep slopes. Please note, it’s a strenuous walk to the summit.

Parking Info: We're parking and meeting at the Green Barn in Point Reyes Station (on Mesa Road just past the gas station and KWMR Radio) between 9:30am to 9:50am, so we can get to the base of Black Mountain by 10am. We will carpool together to the starting point (which is a few miles away). Questions, contact Kamala at 415.317.2924.

Our Guides

Ruby Fisher-Smith grew up learning and playing on the land in West Marin. She spent many summers as a sailing instructor on Tomales Bay, and has been a wilderness and rafting guide and outdoor educator in Point Reyes and other places throughout Northern California. She loves people and land, and is interested in how they interact and affect each other.

As a ranger, researcher, and swimmer of Tomales Bay for decades, Rob Hayden is grateful to have lived in the shadow of Black Mountain for years. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he has also lived in Africa, Europe, and other regions of North America.

Claire Peaslee is a teller of natural history who loves to facilitate immersive experiences for people outdoors. She contributes nature essays to the West Marin Review and Bay Nature Magazine; has appeared on public radio; practices physical theater improvisation; and offers an experience in the living called called Listening To Gaia.

Sky Road Webb is a descendent of the Tamal’ko, the Tomales Bay Miwok, and is President of the Marin American Indian Alliance. Sky Road has composed and performed original Miwok songs with Sound Orchard, and is a respected teacher of traditional skills and Coast Miwok language through song and dance.

Cancellations: There are no refunds for this event as it is a (tax-deductible) benefit for Black Mountain Circle.

About BMC's Pilgrimage Series

Black Mountain Circle is offering three pilgrimages continuing the theme from the Geography of Hope Conference: Finding Resilience in Nature In Perilous TimesOur first pilgrimage is the Earth Day walk to the summit of Black Mountain. The second pilgrimage is a 2-day walk with water from Kent Lake to Point Reyes Station this summer. The third pilgrimage is a journey from the Marin Headlands to Tomales Point in 2019.

These pilgrimages are not ordinary hikes but will be guided by leaders who are deeply connected to story, nature and spirit. They offer opportunities to leave your home, go out under the sun and stars, and ask simple questions that seem obvious but often are not: Who am I? What really matters? What is my gift? What do I need to hear? What on Earth am I doing with my life? Each walk offers time for contemplation self-reflection and connection.