Mount Tamalpais SP
Mt. Tamalpais State Park
Just north of San Francisco's Golden Gate is Mount Tamalpais. It has redwood groves and oak woodlands with a spectacular view from the 2,571-foot peak.
On a clear day, visitors can see the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco and the bay, hills and cities of the East Bay, and Mount Diablo. On rare occasions, the Sierra Nevada's snow-covered mountains can be seen 150 miles away.
Coastal Miwok Indians lived in the area for thousands of years before Europeans arrived. In 1770, two explorers named the mountain La Sierra de Nuestro Padre de San Francisco, which was later changed to the Miwok word Tamalpais.
With the Gold Rush of 1849, San Francisco grew and more people began to use Mount Tamalpais for recreation. Trails were developed and a wagon road was built. Later, a railway was completed and became known as "The Crookedest Railroad in the World." It was abandoned in 1930 after a wildfire damaged the line.
Facilities and Activities
Hiking and Bicycle Trails: More than 50 miles of trail are within the park and connect to a larger, 200-mile-long trail system. Bicyclists are challenged by the twisting road to the top of the park's summit.
The park has the Bootjack Picnic Area with tables, stoves, piped drinking water and flush toilets.
The East Peak Summit features a visitor center and a refreshment stand that are usually only open on weekends (during the summer, the refreshment stand is open daily). Phone, picnic tables and fully accessible restroom are also available.
The Mountain Theater (a.k.a. The Cushing Memorial Theater) in the park was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The natural-stone amphitheater seats 3,750 people and features the Mountain Play each spring, produced every year since 1913.
Summer and spring are warm, fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is best.
- Hours of Operation:
Daily: 7:00am to Sunset year round.
- Park Office Telephone:
- Available Online Reservation:
Upcoming Weekend: NO
Within 2 Weeks: YESUpdated: 5/23/2013 8:07 PM
San Francisco Bay AreaCounty
For first-come first-served camping, contact the park directly for information. Environmental, Hike and Bike Sites - No Showers.
Please note: STEEP RAVINE CABINS and CAMPSITES are closed this NOVEMBER for annual maintenance.
801 Panoramic Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
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