There's a way up Mt. Tamalpais for everyone whether you're a biker, hiker, driver or equestrian. Opt for the easy drive-up option and ... more »you'll be taking the third of a mile plank-walk to the rocky summit and some of the best views in the bay area, but you'd be missing out on the opportunity to experience some really great Marin hiking trails.
Our 9 mile tour takes in many of the park's best features, from sweeping grassland and redwood groves, to the remains of the old Mt Tamalpais Scenic Railway and the buildings and features that still remain.
Also we'll be guiding you up the one of the highest peaks in the San Francisco bay where you can enjoy the scenic panoramas of the North part of the bay, and dramatic (and sometimes foggy) views of the city of San Francisco.
• 1,800ft (from 1,400 - 2,572ft)
• Mt Tamalpais State Park and the neighboring Muir Moods National Monument get very busy and an early start is recommended to avoid traffic congestion and full parking lots.
• If Pan Toll ranger station is full, you may find more parking at Bootjack which is also on our route.
• Take your chances with the coastal fog. Particularly in the morning it can cause reduced visibility, but if the conditions are favorable you'll be rewarded with some spectacular reveals, and some dramatic scenes.
• During the rainy season (November to May) some of the trails may be closed, so you might want to check at the ranger station before setting off.
• Cut the trip down to 4.5 miles with a Pan Toll to West Point only route, and you'll still get to experience a great variety of scenery and get to hang out at the West Point Inn for a game of horseshoes.
• Consider parking at the East Peak parking lot and hiking down to West Point Inn.
• If you're not feeling very energetic, then just short trail to the East Peak summit and enjoy an ice-cream in the parking lot afterward.