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Mount Tamalpais State Park
Welcome to Mount Tamalpais State Park
Just north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Tamalpais State Park rises majestically from the heart of Marin County. Its deep canyons and sweeping hillsides are cloaked with cool redwood forests, oak woodlands, open grasslands, and sturdy chaparral.
The breathtaking panorama from Mount Tamalpais’s 2,571-foot peak includes the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco Bay, the East Bay, and Mount Diablo. On rare occasions, the snow-covered Sierra Nevada can be seen 150 miles away.
The park offers superlative hiking, picnicking, wildlife watching, and mountain and road bicycling.
Up top, a visitor center provides information, snacks, and souvenirs, and a “gravity car barn” celebrates the old Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railway. Down below, the 3,750-person capacity Mountain Theater hosts outdoor plays and astronomy programs. Visitors may camp in several locations or stay in rustic view cabins at Steep Ravine and (on private property) at West Point Inn.
Arrive early to avoid heavy weekend and holiday traffic. Better yet, take the West Marin Stage Coach.
“Just makin up poems in my head as I climb toward Mount Tamalpais. See up there, as beautiful a mountain as you’ll see anywhere in the world, a beautiful shape to it, I really love Tamalpais.”
– The Dharma Bums, by Jack Kerouac
Some of the park’s wheelchair-accessible features include:
• The accessible 0.75-mile-long Verna Dunshee Trail at East Peak has fantastic views. Accessible tables, restrooms and drinking fountains are nearby.
• Spectacular vistas may also be seen from an accessible 0.4-mile portion of the Old Mine Trail from Pantoll Station and 0.25 miles of the McKennan Trail.
• Pantoll and Bootjack each have accessible camping, restrooms and parking.
• Cabin #1 and environmental campsite #7 at Steep Ravine are accessible.
• The Mountain Theater has a wheelchair platform on the right side of the theater. The Mountain Play Association offers signed performances and descriptive services during the first three play performances each season. For more information, call the Mountain Play Association at 415-383-1100.
Visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact the Pantoll Ranger Station well before their trip at 415-388-2070.
Spring and summer temperatures are warm, with average highs in the 70s and 80s. Fall and winter can be cool, with temperatures in the 50s. Fog is common.
• The park is open from 7 a.m. to sunset.
• There’s no entrance fee, but some trailheads have parking fees.
• All natural and cultural park resources are protected by law and must not be disturbed or removed.
• Camping and fires are permitted only in designated areas.
• Except for service animals, leashed dogs are allowed only on paved roads in developed areas, family campgrounds, and picnic areas.
• Dogs must be confined to a vehicle or tent at night. Horses and bicycles are allowed only on fire roads and posted hiking trails.
• Be alert for poison oak, rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and ticks.
• Drones are prohibited at Mount Tamalpais State Park per Superintendent's Order.
Pantoll campsites closed on 12/7, will re-open on 12/8:
Due to removal efforts of invasive grass Ehrharta erecta, the Pantoll campsites will be closed to the public on 12/7; the sites can be occupied again on 12/8.
Be aware that road construction along Highway 1 south of Panoramic Highway may result in delays. Peak road construction time is from 1pm-3:30pm which may incur a wait time of over 30 minutes to get to Steep Ravine Campground. Additionally, there will be no additional parking for vehicles along the Hwy. 1 corridor.
Highway 1 Closures Require Detour to Steep Ravine Cabins/Campground:
Highway 1 (State Route 1) is closed between Muir Beach and Stinson Beach due to storm damage. Access to Steep Ravine is allowed past the barricades on the north (Stinson Beach) side of the closure.
From Highway 101, take Highway 1 north to Panoramic Highway back to Highway 1 in Stinson Beach. Go left at the T intersection onto southbound Highway 1 and Steep Ravine will be on your right after the barricades.
If you are coming from the north on Highway 1 simply continue south on Highway 1 through Stinson Beach and Steep Ravine will be on your right after the barricades. The barricades are near the intersection and will have a sign reading "Local Traffic Only" - you can go around them to proceed to Steep Ravine.
Be prepared to show your reservation information to any peace officers or workers on the closed section of Highway 1.
Please note that there is no access to Highway 1 south of Steep Ravine, and you cannot come in from the Muir Beach side of Highway 1. Due to the large amount of storm damage around the State, repairs could take months. Be sure to check the latest road conditions before your trip.
Hazardous Conditions Closes Redwood Creek Trail:
A 1500-foot segment of the popular Redwood Creek Trail in Mount Tamalpais State Park is closed due to hazardous conditions created by last winter storms. Most of the trail remains open and alternative routes are available. However, the route from the Redwood Creek Deer Park fire road trailhead to Miwok Junction is closed until further notice. Other Redwood Creek Trail trailheads remain open.
Easy Grade Trail Change-In-Use:
The California Department of Parks and Recreation has received a request to open the Easy Grade Trail in Mount Tamalpais State Park to use by bicyclists. Currently the trail is open to hiking only. The Department is using its “Change-In-Use” process to evaluate the request. To date, existing conditions have been evaluated; a preliminary evaluation of potential impacts has been completed; public meetings to solicit input from trail users have been held; and a final determination has been made by the District Superintendent to proceed with implementing the request. The change-in-use evaluation and summary report are available for download.
For full detail on this, please visit the project page.
This fall, California State Parks is piloting a new iOS mobile app in 8 parks around the state. If you visit Mount Tam State Park, download OuterSpatial and try it out! This new app gives you information about amazing destinations - including special events, maps, photos, and official trail guides- right at your fingertips.
For more information on the pilot program and to download the app directly from the Apple store, visit OuterSpatial (http://bit.ly/MtTamCSPapp). Tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
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Google Street View Trek of Boot Jack Trail
Google Street View Trek of Dipsea Trail
Google Street View Trek of Old Mine Trail
Google Street View Trek of Steep Ravine Trail
Google Street View Trek of TCC Trail
Google Street View Trek of Troop 80 Trail
Available Activities and Facilities at Mount Tamalpais State Park
En route Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Drinking Water Available