Daily: 7:00am to Sunset year round.
Mount Tamalpais State Park
Welcome to Mount Tamalpais State Park
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, by Jack 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 breath-taking vistas from Mount Tamalpais’s upper mountain includes the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco Bay and City, 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. Up top, on most weekends volunteers at the East Peak Visitor Center provide information, sell merchandise and snacks. Volunteers at the nearby Gravity Car Barn relate the stories of the old Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railway. A couple of miles below,a beautiful outdoor theatre, the Mountain Theater, hosts outdoor plays and astronomy programs.
First-come/first-serve camping is available at Pantoll or Bootjack Campgrouds. Visitors can also reserve a group campsite at Alice Eastwood Group Camp or a rustic cabin or seaside campsite at the Steep Ravine Cabins and Environmental Campground thorugh our agency Reserve California.
Arrive early to avoid heavy weekend and holiday traffic. Better yet, take the West Marin Stage Coach.
Spring and summer temperatures are warm, with average highs in the 80s and 90s. Fall and winter can be cool, with temperatures in the 50s. Fog is common.
DRONES are prohibited at Mount Tamalpais State Park per Superintendent's Order.
Mushrooms collecting is not allowed at Mount Tamalpais State Park. All natural and cultural park resources (rocks, flowers, wood, animals) are protected by law and must not be disturbed or removed.
Dogs are carriers of lethal deseases for wildlife. Except for service animals, leashed dogs are allowed only on paved roads, Old Stage Fire Rd, Verna Dunshee Trail, in developed areas, campgrounds, and picnic areas. Please, clean up after your pets. Thank you for your cooperation in this important issue!
Bicycles are allowed only on fire roads and Coast View Trail.
Be alert for poison oak, rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and ticks.
Smoking, camping and fires are never permitted in the upper mountain. If not under red flag alert, fires are permitted only in provided firepits.
Horses only on fire roads and where specifically posted.
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.
• Pantoll and Bootjack campgrounds 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 can contact the Pantoll Visitor Services Kiosk at 415-388-2070 before their trip.
Thank you for your patience during this time as California State Parks is supporting National Parks with a salmonid habitat restoration project in Muir Woods National Monument. Please plan your visit to Mt. Tamalpais State Park accordingly. If you have any questions, please call the Mt. Tamalpais Visitor Kiosk, (415) 388-2070.
Trail Closures to Support Salmonid Habitat Restoration in Muir Woods:
Camp Eastwood Road below Alice Eastwood Campground will be closed Saturday 11/2 and Monday 11/4. This closure will affect Bootjack Spur and the Plevin Cut.If you are heading to Muir Woods, you might encounter detours to reach the Muir Woods Visitor Center, especially along the Main Trail between the cathedral grove and bridge #4.
REDWOOD CREEK TRAIL
The 1,500 ft. segment of the popular Redwood Creek Trail that was closed due to hazardous conditions created by the 2017 winter storms, has been partially reopened thanks to the hard work of our trail crew. See Map. We thank you for the cooperation in respecting the rules and the habitats of this sensitive area while we continue on the restoration project.
- PEDESTRIANS/HIKERS can use the trail from Frank Valley Rd junction near Muir Beach to Miwok trail junction;
- EQUESTRIANS can use the trail from Frank Valley Rd junction near Muir Beach to Santos Meadows;
- BIKERS can NOT use any section of the trail.
The trail is STILL CLOSED to ALL USERS between the Miwok junction and Frank Valley Road (towards Muir Woods) until we can replace the 80 foot bridge. Moreover, the route from the Redwood Creek Deer Park fire road trailhead to Miwok Junction is closed until further notice. Trespassing the "Closed Area" signs and barricades (or removing them) is illegal and will be prosecuted.