This hike could be considered the “best of Mount Tamalpais,” featuring the diverse habitat of the 6,300-acre state park and incredible views of the bay, cities, foothills, lakes, and ocean. Enjoy thick, quiet woodlands of coast redwood, Douglas fir, oak, bay, and madrone trees, as well as trickling waterfalls and cascading streams in moist ravines and canyons. Step out in wide, sloping, grass-covered meadows and along hillsides of gnarled manzanita and coyote brush. Pass by statuesque outcroppings of green serpentine and white chert and by tall banks of red, sunburnt soil and mossy green growth. The route also walks you through Mount Tam history, from popular East Peak down the Old Railroad Grade to the tavern at West Point Inn, and to an outdoor amphitheater with stone seats built in traditional Greek style. Trails Surface: Some paved road, dirt fire road with an easy downhill grade, and single-track dirt trails through woods, chaparral, and grasslands. One trail has a short, steep, rocky incline.
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