Daily: 7:00am to Sunset year round.
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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, picnicking, wildlife 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.
Drones are prohibited at Mount Tamalpais State Park per Superintendent's Order.
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.
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. 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.
Caltrans To Open Highway 1 Between Muir Woods And Stinson Beach Thursday, January 4, Before Noon
One-Way Traffic Control to be In Place
The California Department of Transportation(Caltrans) announced today the closed portion of State Route 1 between Muir Beach and Stinson Beach will open to one-way traffic control on Thursday, January 4, sometime before noon.
The stretch of roadway was closed since February of 2017 to the extensive storm damage. Drivers should anticipate lengthy delays because there are still six active projects along that section of Highway 1. There will be flaggers and signalized operations, along with stepped up construction zone enforcement throughout the entire corridor. The majority of those projects will be complete by June, 2018. More information is available by visiting this link:
For real-time traffic, click-on Caltrans Quick Maps: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/
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.
The Dipsea Footbridge is Out!
The Dipsea Footbridge at Muir Woods is out for the winter. Do not cross Redwood Creek. Take Deer Park Fire Rd to connect with the Dipsea Trail at Muir Woods. These extra steps protect you and endangered salmon.
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