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10 Hikers Get Stuck on Mt. Tam After Footbridge Washes Out

Mount Tamalpais State Park.  Photo courtesy:  California State Parks
Mount Tamalpais State Park. Photo courtesy: California State Parks
By Bay City News Service: 

A group of hikers was rescued after becoming stranded on a popular Mt. Tamalpais trail on Sunday, a Marin County sheriff's lieutenant said Monday.

The sheriff's search-and-rescue team responded to a report of about 10 hikers who were stranded on the Cataract Trail near Alpine Lake at about 2:50 p.m., Lt. Doug Pittman said.

 Water from the heavy rain had washed out a footbridge that the hikers needed to use to get off the mountain, Pittman said. Rescuers were able to safely assist the group off the mountain by Sunday evening, he said.

 Pittman said the stranded party was initially part of a group of about 20 hikers who got stuck, but the other 10 took a different route to get out.


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Biff February 10, 2014 at 07:50 PM
Uh, it's Mt Tam not Mt Everest. How about turning around and walking back the way you came in. It's only 7.5 miles from Mill Valley to Stinson .
Bob February 10, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Biff, these were city folks, not Sherpa. ;) On another note, I know that footbridge. It's pretty significant. What a shame it washed out.
Hopkin February 10, 2014 at 07:59 PM
Things like this is why I never go anywhere without my St Bernard.
Michael February 10, 2014 at 08:20 PM
I was on the mountain both Saturday and Sunday. I just loved the downpour and could hardly wait to hit the trails. What always amazes me is the lack of planning I see in many who hike there. From the wearing flip flops to taking no food or water to being unfamiliar with the trails you see a bit of everything when it comes to a lack of planning. Hey if a bridge is washed out you either head up or down hill to see if you can cross there or you TURN AROUND and go back the way you just came from and take another trail. Even though I have logged hundreds and hundreds of hikes on and around the sleeping princess I still always have my trail book with me, utility knife cell phone and something to eat... just in case. This weekend due to the pineapple express downpour there were lots of washed out trail areas and spots where trees had fallen completely blocking the trail. Not once did I see anything that would have required me to be trapped or to need rescue. And with mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, foxes an the like on the mountain you do need to be prepared for whatever is thrown your way. Key words BE PREPARED. And the hiking was glorious for those of us who were prepared and who love that mountain rain or shine. Waterfalls everywhere! Love that mountain!
Brian Farris February 10, 2014 at 08:34 PM
Just hit a deer path and detour. Tourists yuk.
Tera Ritter February 10, 2014 at 09:18 PM
What bridge was it, anyone know. Caterac falls trail right?
Trailbikerbilly February 11, 2014 at 12:27 AM
Wow, ten idiots together, too stupid to follow the other ten out. These stooges should pay the rescuer's time for being such bozos. You gotta go on Patch to find that level of dumb. (Try 3per's barf).
Sam February 11, 2014 at 08:49 AM
Bubba, How do you even know what happened there as you say "Wow, ten idiots together, too stupid to follow the other ten out" Your comment about Patch is also wrong and you still owe a round at the HillTop. See you Friday.
Justin Albrecht February 11, 2014 at 10:25 AM
My 6 year old and 2 three year old sons and i were 4 of the 10 that got out before being rescued. It was a little hairy for kids that age, but thanks to the help of some other hikers made it. My kids are so rude.
Allison Baumsteiger February 11, 2014 at 12:18 PM
I hiked cataract Sunday and hopped the stream with my dog in my arms when I returned they had built a ledge and a bridge with a log it wasn't hard to walk across!! It's ok to get wet if you need to but it's also ok to have fun and walk across a log if need be, jeeze
Sierra Salin February 11, 2014 at 01:20 PM
If we just get rid of the word "rescued" and put in a less sensational "helped" or "assisted," we could probably do away with much of the animosity. To a degree, good for those folks to be out there at all, rather than in front of a television set. Personally, I am sad to see all the cars and suv's, and piles of yakking people, and I guess it ain't the 60's anymore, when we rarely say anybody. That was a fine bridge, and beauty spot. For many years it had a carving which said "Joy" on one of the support logs, and it was a joy to cross it. As for hopping the creek, some of us can crawl through a raging waterfall, and some of us could not cross a slippery stone if our lives depended upon it, AND, Cataract, during a heavy downpour, IS a raging river. Some of us climb on in in joy, and some of us hold back in fear, and either way, a misstep/slip can be fatal.
Carol X February 11, 2014 at 05:43 PM
If you read the comments you'll see that there were several young kids on the hike. I don't even LIKE kids, and I wouldn't wish this situation on a parent. People need to stop being so judgmental.
Rick Voorhees February 11, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Hey Justin, what on Earth are you doing with a 6 year old and two 3 year olds on a trail on Mt. Tam.. Especially when it's been pouring rain and going to be slippery as well.. I don't mean to be nasty about this but come on...You know you shouldn't have been on that trail to begin with those kids. Plus the fact you mentioned it here....Your very lucky...
Jane Doe February 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM
Good thing Lrwid and Clark weren't such pansies.
Jane Doe February 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM
Oops -- Lewis and Clark ...

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