Contact Number

  • (415) 388-2070

Park Accessibility Information

Park Hours

  • Daily: 7:00 a.m. to Sunset, year round.

Park Activities

Dogs allowed only in developed areas. Dogs not allowed in the following areas: trails, dirt roads, and backcountry areas.
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
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding

Park Facilities

Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Alternative Camping
Drinking Water Available

Park Directions

Get directions through Google Maps

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.

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  


Tri-County Partnership to Create a Cleaner Coast

MARIN, SONOMA AND MENDOCINO COUNTY PARTNER TO CREATE A CLEANER COAST Teaching Leave No Trace Practices to Growing Visitor Audiences in Coastal Communities. Learn more by reading the Tri-County Partnership Press Release (6/15/2022).

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 vistas from Mount Tamalpais’s upper mountain include 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 Mountain Range can be seen 150 miles away.

The park offers superlative hiking, picnickingwildlife 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.

Important Rules

DRONES are prohibited at Mount Tamalpais State Park per Superintendent's Order 22-660-002.

Mushroom 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 (except for service animals) are ONLY allowed on paved roads, Old Stage Fire Rd, Verna Dunshee Trail, in developed areas, campgrounds, and picnic areas.  Pets must remain on leash at all times.

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 on the lower mountain only in provided firepits.

Horses are allowed only on fire roads and where specifically posted.

Camping in vehicles is PROHIBITED in all parking lots.


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.

Special Event Permits

Weddings and athletic events please contact:

Trail Updates


map of Redwood Creek Trail closure

The Redwood Creek will be CLOSED from the Shoreline Highway (Hwy 1) trailhead at the South Entrance of the park to the Heather Cutoff Spur Trail for trailwork. This closure will last until work is completed. Bridges on this stretch of trail will be removed and replaced and it will be unsafe for trail users. Attempting to use the closed section of trail will delay work completion and can endanger trail workers as well as trail users.

The spur trail from the Muir Beach Community Center (gated area with volleyball court and structures) will also be closed. Those coming off Heather Cutoff will need to head for the Horse Camp Gate and ford Redwood Creek on the Heather Cutoff Spur to access Redwood Creek Trail to the Miwok Trail, Deer Park Fire Road, and Muir Woods National Monument. Those taking Redwood Creek Trail between Muir Beach and Muir Woods will have to divert to Frank Valley Road (Muir Woods Road) between Shoreline Highway and Frank Valley Horse Camp (Santos Meadow).

We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank you for your patience as trail crews complete the final phase of renewal for the Redwood Creek Trail.




If you have questions regarding trail closures, please contact the Pantoll Kiosk at (415) 388-2070.



Many trails in Mount Tamalpais State Park connect with trails in the neighboring Muir Woods National Monument. Please check their alerts page for information on any trail work or trail closures there.