Mount Tamalpais State Park spans 6,300 acres of redwood and oak forest, grassland, chaparral, and craggy cliffs. More than 70 plant species native to Marin County grow in the park; nature studies, hiking, and historic trails offer visitors an opportunity to observe these lush, wildlife-rich woodlands.

 
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Expert Review of Mount Tamalpais State Park

Parks and Outdoors Review of Mount Tamalpais State Park

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Day Hiking,Horseback Riding
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Hikers and mountain bikers will find plenty to keep them busy at Mount Tam State Park, a favorite weekend playground for San Franciscans. The centerpiece of this huge, 6,300-acre park is the 2,571-foot summit of Mount Tamalpais, which provides sweeping views of San Pablo Bay, the San Francisco skyline, Marin County, and the Pacific Ocean. You can drive, hike, or bike to the summit's East Peak.
  • One of the best loop hikes possible on the mountain is the 8-mile Matt Davis, Dipsea, and Steep Ravine Loop, which travels downhill from Pantoll Trailhead through the grasslands and Douglas fir forests to the ocean at Stinson Beach, then back uphill through the dense redwood groves along Webb Creek.
  • One of the mountain's most famous mountain-bike routes follows the route of the "Crookedest Railroad in the World" from downtown Mill Valley to the East Peak of Mount Tamalpais, an 18-mile round-trip. A popular stop along the way is at West Point Inn, built in 1904 to serve railroad passengers and still being enjoyed by outdoors enthusiasts today.

Address:
Marin County
801 Panoramic Hwy.
Mill Valley, California 94941


Visitor Information


Telephone Number: 415-388-2070
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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