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Guided Walks and 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 (unless stated otherwise). 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". 

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Walks and Hikes Schedule

January 2020

Sunday, January 5 at 9:30am from Pantoll Parking Lot trailhead. "Trails of Creativity" interpretive hike with docent Caryn Lowe.Me thinks 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. Elev Gain (ft): 725. Moderate. Limited to 12 people. RSVP: Rosanna.Petralia@parks.ca.gov

Sunday, January 12 at from Rock Spring trailhead. "North Side Exploratory" Fitness hike with docent Robert Freinkel. Explore varied habitat on the North Side. Learn trail system of Mt Tamalpais. Note early native plant appearances. Distance (mi): 4.5. Elev Gain (ft): 850. Moderate.

Saturday, January 25 at 9:30am from Pantoll Parking Lot trailhead. "Mindfulness in Nature" Interpretive hike with docent Alexandra Jurasin. Explore your senses in nature while being guided through mindfulness practices. Directly experience how hiking on the mountain lends itself as the perfect environment for being fully present. Finish the hike feeling like you've just had a cleansing shower for your mind. Distance (mi): 4.3. Elev Gain (ft): 486. Moderate.

Saturday, January 25th at 1 PM from East Peak/Verna Dunshee Trailhead. "Freshwater and Extreme Weather" interpretive walk with park interpreter Rosanna Petralia. What better perspective than the top of a mountain to consider weather and the challenges of of protecting our natural resources in our future? Join us on a short walk along the scenic Verna Dunshee trail to learn about freshwater resources, how it is connected to extreme weather patterns and climate change. Explore together solutions to mitigate and/or adapt to our changing environment! Distance (mi): 0.7. Elevation Gain (ft): 0. Easy. ADA accessible trail. All ages welcome. Limited to 12 people. RSVP: Rosanna.Petralia@parks.ca.gov

Sunday, January 26 at 9:30am from Coast View trailhead. "Meditation in Nature" Fitness hike with docent Rosalind Gottfried. This hike is for the hiker who loves walking as a way to appreciate nature. The hike will be moderate, allowing sufficient time to enjoy the natural attractions along the way, the ocean views and the beautiful grassland. The trailhead is 1.5 miles up from the Muir Beach overlook. The trail is on the right and pull out parking is on the left side. There will be a sign on top of the docent's car, saying HIKE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Distance (mi): 6.8. Elev Gain (ft): 1033. Moderately Strenuous.

February 2020

Saturday, February 1 at 9:30 AM from Mt Home trailhead. "First Hike for February " Fitness hike with docent Robert Feist. Start February out with a scenic hike from Mt Home that will briefly dip down to Muir Woods. Maybe we’ll get lucky and see Coho salmon swimming up the Redwood Creek! We’ll climb out and hike to Pantoll for lunch, then return via Bootjack Trail & Troop 80 to finish our hiking adventure! Distance (mi): 6.5. Elev Gain (ft): 1453. Moderately Strenuous.

Sunday, February 2 at 9:30 AM from Rock Spring trailhead. "Cataract Falls and High Marsh" Fitness hike with docent Karen Ulring. Enjoy the surging waters of Cataract Creek and falls, and the quiet wonders of the North Side. High Marsh is tree covered, protected and challenging. Distance (mi): 6.8. Elev Gain (ft): 1076. Moderately Strenuous.

Saturday, February 8 at 9:30 AM from Bootjack Parking Lot trailhead. "Strength and Balance in Nature" Fitness hike with docent Maria de la FuenteWe all need strength and balance to live a good life. We can find some great examples and similarities in nature. Let’s explore Strength and Balance among the Redwoods. Distance (mi): 5. Elevation Gain (ft): 1447. Moderately Strenuous.

Sunday, February 9 at 9:30am from Pantoll Parking Lot trailhead. "Walking Mt. Tam: Trails of Creativity" Interpretive hike with docent Caryn Lowe.  “Me thinks 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. Elev Gain (ft): 725. ModerateLimited to 12 people. RSVP: Rosanna.Petralia@parks.ca.gov

Saturday, February 15 at 9:30 AM from Rock Spring trailhead. "Water Falls" Fitness hike with docent Franklin Young. Come and see the Cataract Falls at its best. The Cataract over a mile and half becomes from a peaceful stream a majestic waterfall. We will enjoy beautiful conifers on our way back to Rock Spring. Distance (mi): 4.3. Elev Gain (ft): 623. Moderate.

Sunday, February 16 at 9:30 AM from Bootjack Parking Lot trailhead. "Conifers " Fitness hike with docent Franklin Young. Come and experience a wide variety of conifers. From the majestic redwoods to the common Christmas trees and a few species in between. A special prize will be given to the hikers who can identify the coast redwood cones! Distance (mi): 6.7. Elev Gain (ft): 1545. Moderately Strenuous.

Saturday, February 22 at 9:30 AM from Pantoll Parking Lot trailhead. "Discover the Redwoods" Interpretive hike with docent Eileen Bai. Let's take a walk among the Coast Redwoods. We'll journey through time and discuss the important role these trees have played throughout California's history. Come learn about some of their unique biological adaptions and how that has made them so valuable to generations in this area. Distance (mi): 3.3. Elev Gain (ft): 689. Moderate.

Saturday, February 29th at 1 PM from East Peak/Verna Dunshee Trailhead. "Freshwater and Extreme Weather" interpretive walk with park interpreter Rosanna Petralia. What better perspective than the top of a mountain to consider weather and the challenges of of protecting our natural resources in our future? Join us on a short walk along the scenic Verna Dunshee trail to learn about freshwater resources, how it is connected to extreme weather patterns and climate change. Explore together solutions to mitigate and/or adapt to our changing environment! Distance (mi): 0.7. Elevation Gain (ft): 0. Easy. ADA accessible trail. All ages welcome. Limited to 12 people. First come-first serve.

March 2020

Saturday, March 7 at 9:30 AM from Bootjack Parking Lot trailhead. "Strength and Balance in Nature" Fitness hike with docent Maria de la FuenteWe all need strength and balance to live a good life. We can find some great examples and similarities in nature. Let’s explore Strength and Balance among the Redwoods. Distance (mi): 5. Elevation Gain (ft): 1447. Moderately Strenuous.

Sunday, March 8 at 9:30am from Coast View trailhead. "Meditation in Nature" Fitness hike with docent Rosalind Gottfried. This hike is for the hiker who loves walking as a way to appreciate nature. The hike will be moderate, allowing sufficient time to enjoy the natural attractions along the way, the ocean views and the beautiful grassland. The trailhead is 1.5 miles up from the Muir Beach overlook. The trail is on the right and pull out parking is on the left side. There will be a sign on top of the docent's car, saying HIKE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Distance (mi): 6.8. Elev Gain (ft): 1033. Moderately Strenuous.  

Saturday, March 14 at 9:30 AM from Quarry Parking Lot trailhead. "State Park Meander" Fitness hike with docent Robert Feist. We’ll explore the northeastern part of Mt Tam State Park. The lovely Alice Eastwood Camp will be one of highlights on our route. Back through Bootjack to the end of this scenic hike. Distance (mi): 7.3. Elev Gain (ft): 1621. Strenuous.

Sunday, March 15 at 9:30 AM from Rock Spring trailhead. "West Peak" Fitness hike with docent Robert Freinkel. Learn history of West Peak of Mt Tamalpais. Explore boundaries of state park and water district. Assess water flows on watershed. Distance (mi): 5.3. Elev Gain (ft): 912. Moderate.

Saturday, March 21 at 9:30am from Pantoll Parking Lot trailhead. "Walking Mt. Tam: Trails of Creativity" Interpretive hike with docent Caryn Lowe.  “Me thinks 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. Elev Gain (ft): 725. ModerateLimited to 12 people. RSVP: Rosanna.Petralia@parks.ca.gov

Saturday, March 28 at 9:30am from Rock Spring trailhead. "Mindfulness in Nature" Interpretive hike with docent Alexandra Jurasin. Explore your senses in nature while being guided through mindfulness practices. Directly experience how hiking on the mountain lends itself as the perfect environment for being fully present. Finish the hike feeling like you've just had a cleansing shower for your mind. Distance (mi): 4.7. Elev Gain (ft): 699. Moderate.

Saturday, March 28th at 1 PM from East Peak/Verna Dunshee Trailhead. "Freshwater and Extreme Weather" interpretive walk with park interpreter Rosanna Petralia. What better perspective than the top of a mountain to consider weather and the challenges of of protecting our natural resources in our future? Join us on a short walk along the scenic Verna Dunshee trail to learn about freshwater resources, how it is connected to extreme weather patterns and climate change. Explore together solutions to mitigate and/or adapt to our changing environment! Distance (mi): 0.7. Elevation Gain (ft): 0. Easy. ADA accessible trail. All ages welcome. Limited to 12 people. First come-first serve.

Junior Rangers

 Kids observing a millipede.

Junior Rangers at Mt Tamalpais State Park! DON't MISS IT NEXT YEAR! :)

On weekends, Saturday and/or Sunday, 10-11am, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Schedule may vary. Check this webpage for details!

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 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.