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Mount Tamalpais State Park

Contact Information

(415) 388-2070

Park Hours

Daily: 7:00am to Sunset year round.

Driving Directions to Mount Tamalpais State Park

The park is located North of San Francisco's Golden Gate. From Highway 101 take Highway 1 to the Stinson Beach exit and follow signs up the mountain. See Park Brochure Map for other entrances.

Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Easy Grade Trail Change-In-Use

The California Department of Parks and Recreation has received a request to open the Easy Grade Trail in Mount Tamalpais State Park to use by bicyclists.  Currently the trail is open to hiking only.  The Department is using its “Change-In-Use” process to evaluate the request.  To date, existing conditions have been evaluated; a preliminary evaluation of potential impacts has been completed; public meetings to solicit input from trail users have been held; and a final determination has been made by the District Superintendent to proceed with implementing the request.  The change-in-use evaluation and summary report are available for download.

For full detail on this, please visit the project page.

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switchback trail

“Just makin up poems in my head as I climb toward Mount Tamalpais. See up there, as beautiful a mountain as you’ll see anywhere in the world, a beautiful shape to it, I really love Tamalpais.” 

                                                                      – The Dharma Bums, byJack Kerouac

Just north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Tamalpais State Park rises majestically from the heart of Marin County. Its deep canyons and sweeping hillsides are cloaked with cool redwood forests, oak woodlands, open grasslands, and sturdy chaparral.

The breathtaking panorama from Mount Tamalpais’s 2,571-foot peak includes the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco Bay, the East Bay, and Mount Diablo. On rare occasions, the snow-covered Sierra Nevada can be seen 150 miles away.

The park offers superlative hiking, picnicking, wildlife watching, and mountain and road bicycling.

Up top, a visitor center provides information, snacks, and souvenirs, and a “gravity car barn” celebrates the old Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railway. Down below, the 3,750-person capacity Mountain Theater hosts outdoor plays and astronomy programs. Visitors may camp in several locations or stay in rustic view cabins at Steep Ravine and (on private property) at West Point Inn.

Arrive early to avoid heavy weekend and holiday traffic. Better yet, take the West Marin Stage Coach.


Verna Dunshee bench


Some of the park’s wheelchair-accessible features include:
• The accessible 0.75-mile-long Verna Dunshee Trail at East Peak has fantastic views. Accessible tables, restrooms and drinking fountains are nearby.
• Spectacular vistas may also be seen from an accessible 0.4-mile portion of the Old Mine Trail from Pantoll Station and 0.25 miles of the McKennan Trail.
• Pantoll and Bootjack each have accessible camping, restrooms and parking.
• Cabin #1 and environmental campsite #7 at Steep Ravine are accessible.
• The Mountain Theater has a wheelchair platform on the right side of the theater. The Mountain Play Association offers signed performances and descriptive services during the first three play performances each season. For more information, call the Mountain Play Association at 415-383-1100.

Visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact the Pantoll Ranger Station well before their trip at 415-388-2070.

Spring and summer temperatures are warm, with average highs in the 70s and 80s. Fall and winter can be cool, with temperatures in the 50s. Fog is common.

Please Remember
• The park is open from 7 a.m. to sunset.
• There’s no entrance fee, but some trailheads have parking fees.
• All natural and cultural park resources are protected by law and must not be disturbed or removed.
• Camping and fires are permitted only in designated areas.
• Except for service animals, leashed dogs are allowed only on paved roads in developed areas, family campgrounds, and picnic areas.
• Dogs must be confined to a vehicle or tent at night. Horses and bicycles are allowed only on fire roads and posted hiking trails.
• Be alert for poison oak, rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and ticks.
• Drones are prohibited at Mount Tamalpais State Park per Superintendent's Order.

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Available Activities and Facilities at Mount Tamalpais State Park

En route Campsites
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Alternative Camping
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Drinking Water Available