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Mount Tamalpais

Deep woods and towering vistas await at Marin County's most famous peak
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Duration: Unknown

Overview:  Mount Tamalpais State Park is the center of the Bay Area's outdoor universe.

The peak rising northwest of Sausalito in Marin County... more »

Tips:  Mount Tam gets busy on the weekends; beat the crowds by going during the week. Poison oak is common near narrow trails. Bushwacking is... more »

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Points of Interest

1. East Peak

You can see most of the Bay Area from the fire lookout station, perched atop the highest point in Marin County (2,571 feet). Driving to the top is one option, though hiking or biking to the top will do you more good (trail options are plentiful). Footing around the lookout station is tricky; watch your step.

2. Steep Ravine Trail

One of the loveliest stretches of trail in the Bay Area, the path runs along a creek for 1.7 miles after starting out from the Pantoll trail head. Tumbling water is about all you can hear as you dive deep into a redwood forest; note there's a ladder about halfway down that requires careful footwork.

3. Mountain Theater

The Stanley B. Cushing Memorial Theater hosts outdoor performances every spring and summer. Crowds of up to 4,000 fill the stone amphitheater. Be sure to bring something comfy to sit on. More on the performances here

The rustic lodge, maintained by volunteers, has no electricity, and visitors bring their own food, beverages and bedding. Many visitors prefer to hike or bike to the lodge, though it's not absolutely required. Pancake breakfasts on Mother's Day, Father's Day and holidays are local favorites (though they can attract big crowds). See ... More