Daily: 7:00am to Sunset year round.
Mount Tamalpais State Park
- Attention! DRONES are prohibited at Mount Tamalpais State Park per Superintendent's Order.
- Hike cancellation: the 9:30am Saturday January 5th hike from Rock Spring with docent Lizzy Silverstein has been cancelled due to 90% chance of showers.
- Pantoll Campground will remain OPEN next week! The closure for vegetation management in the nights of January 15 and January 17, 2019, has been cancelled.
DEER PARK FIRE ROAD CLOSURE --- Deer Park Fire Road is scheduled for improvements in January 2019. Repairs are scheduled to be finished by February 1, 2019. The improvements will require a temporary closure of the fire road to public access (hikers, equestrians, and bikers) between Frank Valley Fire Road and the Ben Johnson trail. There will be intermittent closures of the upper portion of Deer Park Fire Road as material is moved in through the Pantoll area. The Dipsea Trail between Muir Woods and Coast View Trail will remain open to hikers and runners, but there might be heavy equipment and noise along that tract. We recommend to plan your visit to avoid this area of the park during the month of January 2019. Mt. Tamalpais State Park apologizes for any inconvenience this causes our Park Visitors, and appreciates the support from the community to repair this critical emergency access road. Please feel free to call the Pantoll Ranger Station at (415) 388-2070 if you have any questions about the project.
HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS CLOSES REDWOOD CREEK TRAIL ---A 1500-foot segment of the popular Redwood Creek Trail in Mount Tamalpais State Park is closed due to hazardous conditions created by the 2017 winter storms. Most of the trail remains open and alternative routes are available. However, 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. Other Redwood Creek Trail trailheads remain open.
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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 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. 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.
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 Visitor Services Kiosk at 415-388-2070 well before their trip.
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.
• The park is open from 7 a.m. to sunset. Cars parked after hours may be fined.
• There’s no main entrance fee, but East Peak, Pantoll and Bootjack trailheads have parking fees ($8, cash only).
• All natural and cultural park resources (rocks, flowers, wood, animals) are protected by law and must not be disturbed or removed. 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.
• Dogs are allowed on the leash on paved roads, parking lots, campsites, and picnic areas. Dogs must be confined to a vehicle or tent at night. Contact park staff if you are visiting the park with a service animal.
• Horses and bicycles are allowed only on fire roads and where specifically posted.
Available Activities and Facilities at Mount Tamalpais State Park
Hike or Bike Campsites
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Drinking Water Available