Hikes don't get much shorter or much better than this half-mile round trip trail to the top of Mt. Tamalpais, just North of San... more » Francisco.
Known to locals simply as Mt Tam, Mt. Tamalpais State Park is the perfect day-trip away from the bustle of San Francisco and once you're here it's hard to believe you're just a stone's throw away from the second biggest city on the West Coast.
The trail to the peak begins on an easy boardwalk and continues up timber steps before leading to a more rugged and rocky path towards the summit. We've labelled this as an easy hike, though there are some occasional isolated steep steps and scrambles which may challenge the less mobile.
The views are what make this such a highly rated hike in our opinion, which stretch out across the entire northern part of the San Francisco Bay area in good weather.
Be sure to leave enough time for the free Gravity Railroad Museum which memorializes the historic scenic mountain railway and the free-wheeling return journey back to Mill Valley.
• 230ft (from 2,340 - 2,572ft)
• This guide publicizes a really great, short hike. Because the trail is so short it can be easily accomplished without a guide, but some may find a guide valuable to locate this hike.
• Busy roads and parking lots for the state park and neighboring Muir Moods can be avoided with an early start.
• Coastal fog can reduce visibility, but frequently burns off during the day leading to the dramatic revealing of spectacular views.
• The road from Pan Toll to East Peak may be closed on days with highest fire-risk.
• Trailspotting's West Point Inn guide offers a longer 9 mile hike beginning at Pan Toll ranger station and including East Peak.