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Verna Dunshee Loop Trail around Mt Tamalpais East Peak

Experience some of the best views in the Bay Area along this flat, paved trail. A great hike for young kids.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.7 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview:  The Verna Dunshee Loop around the East Peak of Mount Tamalpais (or Mt Tam as locals call it) provides one of the best views of any... more »

Tips:  The trail is suitable for strollers and wheel chairs, but be mindful of the narrowness of the trail and lack of protection from the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking

Park your car and pay your $8 parking fee here. The trailhead for the Verna Dunshee Trail is located towards the end of the parking lot.

There's a visitor center, restrooms and an ice cream stall (open during summer season).

2. Verna Dunshee Loop Trailhead

Start the trail at the end of the parking lot. Keep the restrooms on your left, and follow the paved trail. The trail starts with its only switchback. Just keep following the level trail from here.

Be carful with little kids for the steep drop on your right, as it is not fenced of properly in several instances.

3. Viewing platform

The views from here on San Francisco and the Bay are absolutely stunning. Take your time to take it all in.

Continue the trail by crossing a narrow bridge. You'll see some steep trails that bend of to the right along the way. Enjoy the views on the double summits of Mt Diablo.

4. Gravity Railroad Museum

Just before arriving back at the end of the trail you'll pass the Gravity Railroad Museum. Here you can learn more about the scenic railroad that was in operation a century ago and was one of the main tourist attractions in San Francisco at the time.

5. Restrooms

6. Mount Tamalpais East Peak

The summit of Mount Tam can be reached from parking lot. It is a short hike that is a good addition to this hike.