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Guided Hikes

Join Mt Tamalpais hike docents for a hike along the trails of Mt Tamalpais. Enjoy outdoor exercise while learning about the cultural and natural history of the park. Hikes include a lunch/snack stop.

What to bring: Come prepared. Wear good hiking shoes/boots. Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks. Hiking poles are recommended on this mountain.

Participation: Hikes are limited to 20 people per leader. First come, first serve. Be on time to allow for parking and meeting with your group.

Cancellation policy: chance of rain or winds above 30 mph will cancel (unless otherwise advertised). Check the website before you head out!

Pet policy:Service animals are welcome. No other pets are allowed on hikes unless the hike specifically says that it is "Dog Friendly". On dog friendly hikes, only two dogs at a time are permitted on the hike. You HAVE TO obtain a permit/waiver from park staff before bringing your dog(s). We advise to contact park staff at least 1 week in advance to obtain a dog on a hike permit. See details within the hike description.


Hikes Rating

Our hikes rating is based on a numerical calculation that takes into consideration distance and elevation gain (Source: NPS). However, this rating might be imperfect. When choosing a hike, always consider the specific elevation and distance in addition the the given difficulty rating.

Easy: A hike that is generally suitable for anyone who enjoys walking. Mostly level or with a slight incline. Generally less than 3 miles.

Moderate: A moderate hike is generally suitable for novice hikers who want a bit of a challenge. The terrain will involve a moderate incline and may have some steeper sections. Generally 3 to 5 miles.

Moderately strenuous: Moderately Strenuous hikes will generally be challenging for an unconditioned person. The terrain will involve a steady and often steep incline. Generally 5 to 8 miles.

Strenuous: Strenuous hikes will challenge most hikers. The hike will generally be longer and steeper, but may be deemed "Strenuous" because of the elevation gain. Generally 7 to 10 miles.

Very strenuous: Only well-conditioned and well-prepared hikers should attempt very strenuous hikes. The hike will generally be long and steep, and may include rock scrambling, stream crossings, and other challenging terrain. Generally 8 miles and over. 


Hikes Schedule
February 2019

Saturday February 2 at 9:30 from Bootjack trailhead. Hike cancelled due to inclement weather, high winds and flood warning. " Redwood Trees " with docent Maria de la Fuente . We will discuss strength and balance in nature. We all need strength and balance to live a good life and we can find some great examples and similarities in nature. Let’s hike and find some meaningful connections between us and the surrounding trees. Distance: 8.4 Elevation gain: 1,965 ft. Strenuous.

Sunday February 3 at 9:30 AM Miller trailhead. " Ragin' Cataracts " with docent Brendan Hickey Pretty ambitious loop around Middle Peak with some south side exposure on the descent and what we hope to be a rockin' water show along Cataract before returning through fir, madrone, oaks and bay laurel on the north side. ~ 8miles, 1200' elevation gain Distance: 8.6 Elevation gain: 1,447 ft. Strenuous.

Saturday February 9 at 9:30 AM from Verna Dunshee Trail trailhead. " Who Was Verna Dunshee? " with docent Nancy Benjamin . Short history hike .7 mile loop around East Peak, and optional hike to the Fire look out at Mt Tam East Peak summit. Distance: 1 Elevation gain: 223 ft. Easy.

Saturday February 16 at 930am from Rock Spring trailhead. " Mindfulness in Nature " with docent Alexandra Jurasin . Explore your senses in nature while being guided through mindfulness practices. Finish the hike feeling like you've just had a cleansing shower for your mind. Distance: 4.1 Elevation gain: 741 ft. Moderate.

Sunday February 17 at 930am from Pan Toll trailhead. " Mt Tam History " with docent Karen Ulring . Learn about Matt Davis and the contributions of the TCC to Mt. Tam. Amazing vistas of Stinson Beach and the coastline. Distance: 6.9 Elevation gain: 1,804 ft. Strenuous.

Saturday, February 23 at 9:30am from East Peak trailhead. "Mt Tam History" with docent Robert Feist. Treat yourself to the majestic views atop Mt Tamalpais at East Peak! Further enjoyment assured by the changing vistas as we descend the south side of the mountain.  We’ll then head back up the mountain past Mt Theatre, West Point Inn and the Tavern Pump House to our return at East Peak - great views, historic landmarks and varied terrain offered in this late February hike! Distance: 9.1 miles. Elevation gain: 1,821 ft. Strenuous.

Sunday February 24 at 930 from Pantoll trailhead. " Discover the State Tree (Coast Redwood) " with interpreter specialist Eileen Bai. "Discover the State Tree (Coast Redwood)" with Eileen Bai. --Let's take some time to study the redwoods. On this hike we'll observe some of the biological characteristics of the Coast Redwood and understand how they connect to their evolutionary processes. We'll discover what important role these trees play for our current and future generations. -- Distance: 3.2 miles, 712 ft elevation gain. Moderate.

March 2019

Saturday March 2 at 9:30 from Stinson Beach trailhead. " Trees " with docent Maria de la Fuente . We will discuss strength and balance in nature. We all need strength and balance to live a good life and we can find some great examples and similarities in nature. Let’s hike and find some meaningful connections between us and the surrounding trees. Distance: 6.9 Elevation gain: 1,804 ft. Strenuous.

Saturday March 9 at 9:30 from Mt Home trailhead. "Redwoods" with docent Santi Abascal. From second growth to old growth and back up again, we will walk among magnificent redwood trees and discuss some of their amazing qualities. Distance: 4.7 miles. Elevation gain: 906 ft. Moderate.

Sunday March 10 at 9:30 AM from Pantoll trailhead. " Owls " with docent Joan Lamphier . Discuss owls on the Mountain - Spotted Owl history and concerns Distance: 4.2 Elevation gain: 584 ft. Moderate.

Saturday March 16 at 9:30am from Stinson Beach trailhead. "Meditations in Nature" with Rosalind Gottfried . We will stop to appreciate, and meditate on, the sounds and smells of the trails, particularly the Steep Ravine trail, and admire the ocean views from the Matt Davis trail. Distance: 6.9 Elevation gain: 1,804 ft. Strenuous.

Sunday March 17 at 9:30 AM Rock Spring trailhead. " Health and Happiness " with docent Tracy Stuart Enjoy your endorphine high and share it with other hikers while exploring a landscape of Ferns, Sargetn Cypress trees, Serpentine Rock, Douglas Fir and free flowing creeks. Distance: 5.9 Elevation gain: 988 ft. Moderately strenuous.

Saturday March 23 at 9:30 from Dias Ridge trailhead. " Meet Owlivia and Barnaby " with docent Franklin Young . Enjoy great mountain and ocean views on our way to meet Ocean Riders located in the Golden Gate Dairy Ranch. Their programs include building developmental and leadership skills thru horses. They have been also caring for a owl couple in their barn: Owlivia and Barnaby and their chicks. Distance: 7.6 Elevation gain: 1,352 ft. Moderately strenuous.

Sunday March 24 at 9:30 from Pantoll trailhead. " Coastal Wildflowers " with docent Franklin Young . Join us in our search for wildflowers both along the Coast and inland Distance: 6.3 Elevation gain: 1,106 ft. Moderately strenuous.

Saturday March 30 at 9:30 from Hwy#1/Muir Woods Rd trailhead. " Mt Tam History " with docent Karen Ulring . Discover the history of Frank Valley and the Banducci Farms. Distance: 8.9 Elevation gain: 1,384 ft. Strenuous.

Sunday March 31 at 9:30 AM from Mt Home trailhead. " Redwoods and Their Friends " with docent Lizzy Silverstein . Let's learn about the Redwoods and their pals the Redwood Sorrel, the Swordfern, the salmon, and more. This hike will explore the Redwood Creek watershed. The Tamalpais Land Collaborative plans to realign about a mile of the Redwood Creek Trail and build two new bridges over the stream, to provide passage for horses and pedestrians and protect the creek and its inhabitants. Distance: 7.5 Elevation gain: 1,637 ft. Strenuous.