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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:Rain or winds above 30 mph will cancel (unless otherwise advertised).
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.
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.
Saturday December 15 at 9:30am from E. Ridgecrest Blvd & Miller trailhead. " Mt Tam History " with Robert Feist . We'll begin on the second highest official trailhead on the mountain. Our loop will have us descend to the north side with the views that area offers. Great opportunity to get in some rewarding excercise before the holidays! Distance: 8.2 miles. Elevation gain: 1,876 ft. International, Collier, Lower Northside, Cross-Country Boys, Kent, Benstein, Mountain Theatre (lunch), Old Mine, Riding & Hiking Trail, Bootjack, Matt Davis, Nora, Old Railroad Grade, Miller. Strenuous.
Sunday December 16 at 9:30am from Pantoll trailhead. " Inspiration " with Lizzy Silverstein . Nature influences us in profound ways. Let's explore this and beautiful Mt. Tam together. Distance: 6 miles. Elevation gain: 692 ft. Starting from Pantoll take the Matt Davis Trail to the Bolinas Ridge trail. Return on the same route. Moderate.
Saturday December 22 at 9:30am from Rock Springs trailhead. " Mindfulness in Nature " with 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: 6.1 miles. Elevation gain: 1,070 ft Regular: Cataract, Laurel Dell, High Marsh, Potrero Meadows, Kent, Benstein. Moderate.
Sunday December 23 at 9:30am from Rock Spring trailhead. " Winter Fungi, Decay, and Rebirth " with Robert Freinkel . Explore multiple microclimates and plant communities on various sides of the Mt Tamalpais watershed via multiple trails in both shade and sun including differint soil conditions Distance: 6.5 miles. Elevation gain: 1,250 ft. Rock Spring, Mountain Top, Arturo, International to Rifle Camp. Down to Music Stand, Back Door Trail, Simmons Triangle Return. Moderate, slow pace, moderate elevation gain. Possible modifications depending on circumstances. Moderate.
Tuesday, January 1 at 9:30 AM from Rock Spring trailhead. " First Day Hikes " with docent Robert Freinkel, Robert Feist, Ernie Castiaux, Alexandra Jurasin . Every hike will start at Rock Spring and follow different routes to East Peak and then back to Rock Spring. CLICK HERE for more details and FREE tickets. RSVP required.
Saturday, January 5 at 9:30 AM from Laurell Del trailhead. " Ferns " with docent Lizzy Silverstein . Ferns are an important and ancient part of the lush greenery that abounds in our forests. Come learn about some of the first vascular plants dating back to the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth and beyond! Distance (mi.): 9.5 Elevation gain (ft.): 1,992 Strenuous.
Sunday, January 6 at 9:30 AM from Rock Spring trailhead. " Health and Happiness " with docent Tracy Stuart . DOG FRIENDLY. Obtain a dog permit. 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.
Sunday January 13 at 9:30 from Quarry Parking Lot trailhead. " The Watershed " with docent Brendan Hickey . Long, quiet, wet hike on the northside of the ridgeon Water District lands. Distance: 6.4 Elevation gain: 1,405 ft. Moderately strenuous.
Monday January 21 at 9:30 AM from Pantoll trailhead. " Water " with docent Joan Lamphier . Look at the water in different creeks and notice how they sound - listening to the forest. Distance: 4.2 Elevation gain: 584 ft. Moderate.
Saturday January 26 at 930 from Rock Spring trailhead. " Microclimates and Flora " with docent Robert Freinkel . Meet at Rock Spring; assess local oak species mixtures. Explore area trails of differing topography. Experience variances in plant life along trails. Distance: 6 Elevation gain: 1,263 ft. Moderately strenuous.
Saturday February 2 at 9:30 from Bootjack trailhead. " 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 Rock Spring trailhead. " Mountain Peaks " with docent Robert Freinkel . Explore Tam's Peaks and valleys. Enjoy variety of trail structures and historic sites. Understand route structures of mountain Distance: 6.2 Elevation gain: 1,375 ft. Moderately strenuous.
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.
Sunday March 3 at 9:30 from Mountain Home trailhead. " Redwoods " with docent Nancy Benjamin . Hike into Muir Woods and learn about the important part redwood trees play to mitigate climate change and the current health of Mt. Tam's redwoods. Distance: 3.7 Elevation gain: 876 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.
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.