Mount Tamalpais East Peak Trail

Mill Valley, California 94942

Mount Tamalpais East Peak Trail

Mount Tamalpais East Peak Trail Professional Guide

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"So the ranger says, “If you really want a nice hike up Mount Tam, try this route up Colier Springs Trail to the Northside Trail. Inspiration Point has some killer views and it’s a good route to the top, not too strenuous.”"

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Bay Area Mountain Bike Trails (Penngrove Publications)
Conrad Boisvert
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"The boom in the mountain biking had its birth in the hills around Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County. The all-terrain bike was first developed here by hiking and bicycling enthusiasts who saw the need for a rugged and durable bike and who had the vision of what it would lead to. While accessible on foot, the many trails around Mt. Tamalpais became wildly popular with the advent of the mountain bike. This ride consists of a loop around Mt. Tamalpais East Peak, the highest point in the park, rising to an elevation of 2,570 feet. It follows some of the most popular trails in the park, used by hikers and equestrians alike, as well as cyclists. The trails are generally wide and smooth. Indian Grade and Eldridge Grade are steep and bumpy. Bicycle speed limits are 15 miles per hour and are strictly enforced." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Thom Gabrukiewicz
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"So the ranger says, “If you really want a nice hike up Mount Tam, try this route up Colier Springs Trail to the Northside Trail. Inspiration Point has some killer views and it’s a good route to the top, not too strenuous.” Mount Tam, or Tamalpais, is the Bay Area’s beloved “Sleeping Maiden.” It towers 2,571 feet above the congestion and development that is the Bay Area. The area is a breath of fresh air, an open space for the masses. On one side, there’s the Marin Municipal Water District’s 18,500-acre open space area. On the other is the 6300-acre Mount Tamalpais State Park." Read more

Mount Tamalpais East Peak Trail Reviews

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9/22/2008
This Trail is Awesome. When I lived at thge foot of Mount Tamalpias for 25 years, I never really hiked aor biked the most beautiful place on Earth. I just biked the Old Railroad grade loop to the East Peak Parking lot and back down and this is a 10 for the incredible 360 degree views. The ride is long and steady up hill to 2400 Ft elevation from about 200ft starting at the end of West Blithedale Ave. in Mill Valley. A house third of the way way up the trail had a basket of free organic apples and drinking water. How cool is that. Half way up at the West Point Inn also has water and refreshments when open. I may bike up with a pack and spend a night there in one of there cabins. Mount Tamalpais Rules!
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10/24/2003
Well, they say this is where it all started "OK" I was disapointed, that most of it is jeep / service road, however the back side was cool. It is a sight I will remember, at the top of the East peak, looking 360 degrees around the bay area. You will be high above it all. The trail map was confusing (and expensive), but I was able to get around thanks to the trail markers. Later that day, road across the golden state bridge, which was pretty cool too...
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Trail Information

Mill Valley
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
13
Distance
2,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
6–8 hours (3–4 hours from Rock Springs Picnic Area)
Duration
Year-round
Season
Marin Municipal Water District
Local Contacts
USGS San Rafael, USGS Bolinas
Local Maps

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Dec 2018