My Top Strava Segment in Marin (Mount Tam Hill Climb)

#10 (Rodeo to Wolf Ridge)

#9 (Coastal – Matt Davis to Willow Camp)

#8 (Pirates Cove)

#7 (Fox Trail Descent)

#6 (Ninja Loop)

#5 (Hogsback descent)

#4 (Fern Creek descent)

#3 (Marincello)

#2 (Dipsea)

#1 – Mount Tam Hill Climb

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https://www.strava.com/segments/2176386

Location: Downtown Mill Valley (clocktower) to the East Peak Fire Lookout
Distance: 3.2 miles
Elevation Gain:  2533 ft of Gain
Overall Runs: 2040 Attempts By 330 People
CR:  Galen Burrell in 30:58 (!) and YiOu Wang 40:53
My place: 9th, 36:08
Why:  This is the route that really brought me into the trail running community of Marin and no other route can match that in importance for me.  From my first time up the summit meeting Brett for the first time on a Tuesday morning to the my last Wednesday morning jaunt with Brett plus an amazing community of runners I have covered this segment as much as any other segment in Marin (77 times, with countless numbers of friends).  When run at the same time throughout the year you are treated to a different sunset at a different point on the trail with different weather to boot.  Its amazing, as are Galen’s and YiOu’s CRs.  They are the king and queen of the Marin climbling trails for a reason.  Watching them hold court is every bit as inspiring as the downhills of Jorge and Vitor(s).
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A rock star in so many ways, Mr. Galen Burrell

Insider Tip:  The scramble at the top of the route can be tricky to find, loose footing, and lead you astray easily.  There is a race every labor day where you can get a little competition on the normally casual, friendly, and gentlemanly paced route.  Don’t expect to nail it on your own and touch the fire lookout door, overwise it doesn’t even count as a summit run.
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The Godfather

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Sunny and shirtless

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Rainbow summit season

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Headlamp season

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Silhouette season

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Sunset season

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Marin Top 10 Strava Segments (#3 Marincello)

#10 (Rodeo to Wolf Ridge)

#9 (Coastal – Matt Davis to Willow Camp)

#8 (Pirates Cove)

#7 (Fox Trail Descent)

#6 (Ninja Loop)

#5 (Hogsback descent)

#4 (Fern Creek descent)

#3 Marincello

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https://www.strava.com/segments/641879

Location: Start at the Tennesse Valley Parking Lot and Climb to Bobcat
Distance: 1.3 miles
Elevation Gain:  677 ft of Gain(6%)
Overall Runs: 14972 Attempts By 3782 People (popular!)
CR:  Galen Burrell 9:35 and YiOu Wang 11:04
My place: 9th, 10:40
Why:  Sometimes called the 10,000 dollar hill as its place at the end of the TNF50 miler in December, this consistent mile plus climb can make or break a number of trail races in Marin.  While normally it is a nice runnable grade towards the end of a long ultra it can feel like a death march.  Adding to its place as #3 are the very stout CR’s by Galen and YiOu at 6:55 and 7:59 mile pace respectively.  I was fit when I attempted it and only managed 7:42 pace.  Currently the top 5 are all from current/past Mill Valley residents.
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Marincello CR or Lake Sonoma win, which one would YiOu rather have…

Insider Tip:  When climbing up you will notice double white posts which represent 800m in.  This make a great hill repeat option if you are not up for the full-length route.  You can sometimes find the SFRC racing crew doing repeats out here on Tuesday nights.
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You have arrived at the correct spot.  See you in a little while when your HR maxes and your quads no longer work.