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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

December 2019

CANCELLED [RAIN] Saturday, December 7 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.

CANCELLED [RAIN] Sunday, December 8 at 9:30 AM 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. Elevation Gain (ft): 1033. Moderately Strenuous.

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.

Sunday, December 29 at 9:30 AM 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. Elevation Gain (ft): 1033. 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.