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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 (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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Hike Schedule

September 2019

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.

October 2019

Sunday, October 6 at 9:30 AM from Bootjack Parking Lot trailhead.  "Balance in Nature" hike with docent Maria de la Fuente. Let’s find Balance within nature and ourselves as we hike among the Redwoods.  Let see and feel our connection. Distance (mi): 6.1. Elevation Gain (ft): 1,578. Moderately Strenuous.

Saturday, October 12 at 9:30 AM from Pantoll Parking Lot trailhead. "Walking Mt. Tam: Trails of Creativity" 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. Elevation Gain (ft): 751. Moderate. Hike limited to 12 people. RSVP.

Sunday, October 13 at 10:00 AM from Rock Spring trailhead.  "Pancake Breakfast" hike with docent Sue Karp. Travel the route of the old stagecoach that ran in the early 1900's from Stinson Beach to historic West Point Inn. Enjoy a fun pancake breakfast ($10 adults/$5 kids), along with a bit of history of the historic inn and the ""Crookedest Railroad in the world.""  Bathe in spectacular views of the Bay Area from the inn and along the Rock Spring trail as we return to the parking lot. Kid/Family Friendly.Distance (mi): 4.3. Elevation Gain (ft): 581. Moderate.

Saturday, October 19 at 9:30 AM from Rock Spring trailhead. "NorthSide/SouthSide" hike with docent Robert Freinkel. Determine differences between north and south side of Mt Tamalpais. Search for blooming fall plants. Experience the diversity of plants and terrain on Marin's most famous landmark Distance (mi): 4.6. Elevation Gain (ft): 1112. Moderately Strenuous.

Sunday, October 20 at 9:30 AM from Quarry Parking Lot trailhead.  "The Cool North Side" hike with docent Karen Ulring. We'll be hiking on the cool north side with a stop at Colier Springs to learn of John Collier and Mt Tam history.  Will be a good workout. Distance (mi): 7.4. Elevation Gain (ft): 1959. Strenuous.

Saturday, October 26 at 9:30 AM from Rock Spring trailhead. "Alpine Dam History" Interpretive hike with docent Nancy Benjamin. As this year marks the 100th anniversary of Alpine Dam, Nancy will talk about the construction of the Dam and Marin’s drinking water. She will be referencing to historian Jack Gibson’s book. Hikers will descend to Alpine Dam from Laurel Dell trailhead along W. Ridgecrest Blvd. via Cataract Trail and head back the same route. Distance (mi): 5.2. Elevation Gain (ft): 1320. Moderately Strenuous.

November 2019

Saturday, November 2 at 9:30 AM from Bootjack Parking Lot trailhead.  "Balance in Nature" fitness hike with docent Maria de la Fuente. Let’s find Balance within nature and ourselves as we hike among the Redwoods.  Let see and feel our connection Distance (mi): 6.1. Elevation Gain (ft): 1578. Moderately Strenuous.

Saturday, November 9 at 9:30 AM 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. Elevation Gain (ft): 751. Moderate. Hike limited to 12 people. RSVP.

Sunday, November 10 at 9:30 AM from Pantoll Parking Lot trailhead.  "Coastal Views and more" Fitness hike with docent Franklin Young. First we will hike through old growth Redwood trees along Webb Creek. Then we will enjoy expansive views of the Pacific, Stinson Beach and Bolinas lagoon. And finally we will make our way back to Pantoll though California laurel trees.      Distance (mi): 6.9. Elevation Gain (ft): 1696. Strenuous.

Saturday, November 23 at 9:30 AM from Quarry Parking Lot trailhead.  "Pre-Thanksgiving Exercise" Fitness hike with docent Robert Feist. Here’s your chance for some great exercise before the Thanksgiving holiday!  Join us for this scenic loop that offers varied terrain and views to please everyone!  Fun for sure for all! Distance (mi): 8.9. Elevation Gain (ft): 1775. Strenuous.

December 2019

Saturday, December 7th at 9:30 AM from Rock Spring Trailhead. "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): 4.5. Elevation Gain (ft): 820. Moderate.

Saturday, December 14 at 9:30 AM from Pantoll Parking Lot trailhead.  "Walking Mt. Tam: Trails of Creativity" iInterpretive 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. Elevation Gain (ft): 751. Moderate. Hike limited to 12 people. RSVP.

Saturday, December 28 at 9:30 AM from Rock Spring trailhead. "Microclimates of North Side" hike with docent Robert Freinkel. Experience microclimates. Enjoy diversity of flora of various sides of Mt. Tamalpais. Visit historic camps and learn trails. Distance (mi): 5.8. Elevation Gain (ft): 997. Moderately Strenuous.

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.