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Junior Rangers

Kids observing a millipede.

Junior Rangers at Mt Tamalpais State Park!

Every second weekend of the month, Saturday or Sunday, 10-11am, from April to September. Check the webpage for details!

Saturday, August 10 - "How to be a Naturalist", meet at the Pantoll Campground Kiosk along Panoramic Highway.

Sunday, September 15 - "Seabirds", meet at Steep Ravine Trailhead south of Stinson Beach on Highway 1.

Play games, make art, and hike to explore the plants, animals and history of Mt Tamalpais State Park during this 1-hour program for kids ages 7-12. --Sorry parents, this is a kids-only program. Sign in your kid(s) and enjoy some time on your own in beautiful Mt Tam! Kids will have a good time and earn rewards for the Junior Rangers program. At their first program they will receive a logbook and badge. For each activity they will earn a stamp in their logbook, and as they go through the program they can earn prizes. The event is free; parking is $8 and supports the parks.

Guided Hikes

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 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. 

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. 

Docent led Hike Schedule

August 2019

Sunday, August 18 at 9:30 AM from Rock Spring trailhead. *Please note updated trailhead.* "Scent-Sational Mt. Tamalpais" Interpretive hike with docent John Cook. Mt. Tamalpais is a treasure of beautiful views and quiet places. But Mt. Tam’s fragrance is another treat for the senses. On this short hike we will have “close encounters” with some of the plants that lend Mt. Tam a distinct scent. Wander through forests of Douglas fir, Bay laurel, and other fragrant species. We’ll “stop to smell” these and other plants like wild lilac and coastal sage in a natural setting. You’ll never smell Mt. Tam the same way again. Distance (mi): 3.6. Elevation Gain (ft): 370. Moderate.

Wednesday, August 21 at 5:30 PM from Pantoll Parking Lot trailhead. *Evening Hike* "Mindfulness in Nature" Interpretive hike 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 rejuvenating shower for your mind. Distance (mi): 3.3. Elevation Gain (ft): 722. Moderate.

Saturday, August 24 at 9:30 AM from Mt Home trailhead. "Redwoods" Fitness hike with docent Santi Abascal-Mogio. Beautiful Redwoods hike. Great loop to enjoy a different view out and back with a comfortable grade. Distance (mi): 5.3. Elevation Gain (ft): 1207. Moderately Strenuous.

Sunday, August 25 at 9:30 AM from Coast View trailhead. "Coastal Views" Fitness hike with docent Rosalind Gottfried. Take in views of the ocean as we head up towards Pantoll. We will return on the same route back. There will be a sign on the roof of the hike leader's dark green Camry saying free hike, open to the public. Distance (mi): 6.6. Elevation Gain (ft): 1024. Moderately Strenuous.

Wednesday, August 28 at 5:30 PM from Mt Home trailhead. *Evening Hike* "Evening Redwoods" Fitness hike with docent Sue Karp. Enjoy ocean views as we descend the Canopy Trail into Muir Woods. Listen for sounds of birds chirping as we stroll quietly under the towering Redwoods. Ascend through Camp Eastwood, the original site of the first Muir Inn, built in 1908, destroyed by fire in 1913. Distance (mi): 4.9. Elevation Gain (ft): 1021. Moderately Strenuous.

Saturday, August 31 at 9:30 AM from Quarry Parking Lot trailhead. "North Side" Fitness hike with docent Karen Ulring. We’ll be hiking on the cool north side with a stop at Colier Springs to learn of John Colier and Mt Tam history. Will be a good work out. Distance (mi): 7.3. Elevation Gain (ft): 1841. Strenuous.


September 2019

Saturday, September 7 at 9:30 AM from Rock Spring trailhead. "Rock Springs Loop" Fitness hike with docent Santi Abascal-Mogio. Take time to enjoy and appreciate the summer wildflowers on the mountain. Distance (mi): 4.8. Elevation Gain (ft): 902. Moderate.

Wednesday, September 11 at 5:30 PM from Bootjack Parking Lot trailhead. *Evening Hike* "Water Views" Fitness hike with docent Catherine Orland. Weather permitting, we'll see great views of the SF Bay as well as the Pacific Ocean. Participants will gain an understanding of how water flows on Mt. Tam. They will see the differences between high and low flow points of Redwood Creek. The group will also be able to see how Mt. Tam provides connections between the Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Arrive on time, this is a fast-paced hike. Distance (mi): 4.5. Elevation Gain (ft): 1056. Moderate.

Friday, Septermber 13 at 9:30 AM from Rock Spring trailhead. "Douglas Firs" interpretive hike with docent Lizzy Silverstein. Join docent Lizzy to discover the secrets of Douglas Firs and other forest deodorizers. Take the opportunity to clean your mind through a walking meditation. Distance: 3.0 miles. Duration: approx. 2 hours. Elevation Change: 500 ft. Moderate.

Saturday, September 14 at 9:30 AM from Pantoll Parking Lot trailhead. "Walking Mt. Tam: Trails of Creativity" Interpretive hike with docent Caryn Lowe. “Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow!” -Thoreau. Science is proving what people have known for ages – going out into nature is one of the best ways to connect with your creative mind. Mt. Tam has been a special place of inspiration for many generations of artists and writers from early settlers from the Hudson Valley to the Bohemian and Beat movements. During this hike you will learn a little bit about this rich history, what happens here today and hopefully make your own creative connection to Mt. Tam.  Bring a notebook, pens/pencils and your curiosity! Distance (mi): 3.3. Elevation Gain (ft): 725. Moderate. *This hike is limited to 12 people.*

Wednesday, September 18 at 5:30 PM from Mt Home Parking Lot trailhead. *Evening Hike* "Evening Redwoods" Fitness hike with docent Sue Karp. Enjoy the forest as we descend into Muir Woods. Listen for sounds of birds chirping as we stroll quietly under the towering Redwoods. Distance: 4.9 miles. Elevation gain: 1021 ft. Moderately Strenuous.

Friday, September 20 at 9:30 AM from Pantoll trailhead. "Steep Ravine" with docent Lizzy Silverstein. In this hike we will talk about the ravines in our life and how we can learn from nature to overcome them. Distance: 3.8 miles Duration: Change: 2 hours and 30 minutes Elevation gain: 1,000 ft.

Saturday, September 21 at 9:30 AM from Bootjack Parking Lot trailhead. "Strength and Balance in Nature" Fitness hike with docent Maria de la Fuente. Let’s explore Strength and Balance among the Redwoods. Distance (mi): 5. Elevation Gain (ft): 1447. Moderately Strenuous.

Sunday, September 22 at 9:30 AM from Redwood Creek trailhead. "South Side Views and History" Fitness hike with docent Karen Ulring. We’ll see the former site of the famous Banducci Heather Farms, hiking up Heather Cut Off to great views along the Coastal View trail, while learning of the many changes to the west side of Mt Tam and Kent Canyon. Distance (mi): 9.6. Elevation Gain (ft): 1637. Strenuous.

Wednesday, September 25 at 5:30 PM from Bootjack Parking Lot trailhead. *Evening Hike* "Mid-Week Delight" Fitness hike with docent Robert Feist. Fall is here! Get some great exercise in this scenic mid-week hike up to the historic West Point Inn. We’ll enjoy the softening light and quieter ambiance as sunset approaches when we make our way back to Pantoll. Distance (mi): 4. Elevation Gain (ft): 824. Moderate.

Sunday, September 29 at 9:30 AM from Rock Spring trailhead. "North Side Exploratory" Fitness hike with docent Robert Freinkel. Explore trail structure of North Side. Assess climate/microclimate effect on plant distribution. Enjoy history of Mt Tamalpais various camps and attractions. Boots/lunch/liquids required. Distance (mi): 5. Elevation Gain (ft): 1011. Moderately Strenuous.