Mount Tamalpais State Park, Mill Valley

4.9
#2 of 7 in Parks in Mill Valley
North of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Tamalpais rises majestically from the heart of Marin County. Mount Tamalpais captures our attention with its sweeping hillsides cloaked with chaparral-covered ridges, grasslands, and oak woodlands. Deep canyons filled with solemn redwood groves intersect these ridges and slopes to create a diverse environment for a wide array of plant and animal species.

The breathtaking panorama from Mount Tamalpais' 2,571-foot peak includes the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to the sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco Bay, the East Bay, and Mount Diablo.

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 has approximately 60 miles of trails, picnic areas, 2 tent-only campgrounds, a group campground, a horse campground, and cabins for rent. Camping and fires are permitted only in designated areas. Horses and bicycles are allowed only on fire roads and posted hiking trails. Leashed dogs are allowed ONLY on paved roads in developed areas, family campgrounds and picnic areas. Dogs must be confined to a tent or vehicle at night.

The park is open everyday from 7AM to sunset. Check in at the Pantoll parking lot for further info and maps.
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  • Great view! Great hiking track.not crowded. There is an Inn to stay overnight. I was there and stunned with all the natural atmosphere . I am sure to come back again when I visit San Francisco  more »
  • If you went to Muir Woods and wanted to experience the outdoor beauty of this area, then you must visit Mt. Tam and take the time to walk to the top. Worth every minute. Out standing views in all dire...  more »
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  • We had a wonderful time walking among the redwoods. For how many cars were traveling on the Panoramic Highway, we were pleasantly surprised at how few people were hiking once we got a little bit away from the parking lot. We went on a hike recommended by the ranger on duty at the Pantoll Station. He sent us off on a hike that he said was about 3 miles. We think it was more like 4 miles based on our apps etc., but nevertheless it was great. The first half was almost entirely downhill, and the return portion of the loop was all up a pretty steep grade. It was more than we bargained for but we made it!!
  • Beautiful park with moderate to challenging hikes. Come early you’ll find plenty of parking $8 cash. Nice bathrooms. Great views and a ton of trails to take. We hiked down to Muir Woods And came back up, mostly shaded. There is camping sites too.
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