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Mount Tamalpais State Park

November 16, 2018: All Bay Area California State Parks are OPEN currently but our concern is with our visitors and employees' health. California State Parks is advising visitors to minimize or refrain from active outdoor recreation due to the unhealthy air quality.  Scheduled interpretive programs, special events or other park concessions may be closed or cancelled. Our thoughts and hearts are with the communities affected by fires throughout the state. Up-to-date information on air quality and guidance to limit exposure is available at www.baaqmd.gov

 

Phone Number

(415) 388-2070

Park Hours

Daily: 7:00am to Sunset year round.

Driving Directions to Mount Tamalpais State Park

The park is located North of San Francisco's Golden Gate. From Highway 101 take Highway 1 to the Stinson Beach exit and follow signs up the mountain. See Park Brochure Map for other entrances.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


ALERTS

Important Notices

  • Attention! DRONES are prohibited at Mount Tamalpais State Park per Superintendent's Order.
  • HIKE CANCELLATION: Due to the poor air quality, this weekend's hike (11/18) has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 Trail Updates

  • 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 the 2017 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. Trespassing the "Closed Area" signs and barricades (or removing them) is illegal and will be prosecuted. Other Redwood Creek Trail trailheads remain open.

Road updates

  • no updates at this moment

Welcome to Mount Tamalpais State Park

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  

 

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, picnickingwildlife watching. 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

ACCESSIBILITY

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 Visitor Services Kiosk at 415-388-2070 well before their trip. 

Weather
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. 

Remember
• The park is open from 7 a.m. to sunset. Cars parked after hours may be fined.
• There’s no main entrance fee, but East Peak, Pantoll and Bootjack trailheads have parking fees ($8, cash only).
• All natural and cultural park resources (rocks, flowers, wood, animals) are protected by law and must not be disturbed or removed. Be alert for poison oak, rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and ticks.
• Smoking, camping and fires are never permitted in the upper mountain. If not under red flag alert, fires are permitted only in provided firepits.
• Dogs are allowed on the leash on paved roads, parking lots, campsites, and picnic areas. Dogs must be confined to a vehicle or tent at night. Contact park staff if you are visiting the park with a service animal.
• Horses and bicycles are allowed only on fire roads and where specifically posted.



Available Activities and Facilities at Mount Tamalpais State Park

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Alternative Camping
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Swimming
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available