Mount Tamalpais State Park

Mill Valley, California 94941

Mount Tamalpais State Park

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"Watch raptors soar above open grassy slopes, take in views of the Pacific Ocean, follow a moist creekbed, and cross shaded oak woodlands and Douglas-fir forests; this trek through Mount Tamalpais State Park crosses the northwest corner of Muir Woods. You begin with a 500-foot elevation loss on the gentle, 2.1-mile Miwok Trail and then gain 1400 feet on a steady climb to Pantoll Ranger Station."

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101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore (Wilderness Press)
Matt Heid
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"Visible throughout the Bay Area, the long spine of Mount Tamalpais constantly beckons the hiker with a few recreational hours to spare. Read on for an excellent taste of all the mountain has to offer."

Mount Tamalpais State Park Trip Reports

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This is only the 2nd hike for me and the wife. It was extremely hard to follow the trail. The wife figured out that there were rocks stack one on top of another in three's. It was a good find. The hike went smoother from that point. (3 hrs. into the hike). We thought it was a great hike. Looking down at the valley floor from Table rock was Spectacular. We both road the rhino for that extra play with vertigo. I only did 3 stars because it was our 2nd hike. I thought that the lack of a clear trail path was an added adventure.
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This is a spectacular hike with views in every direction. The path is fairly rugged in places and it is rightly graded. The flowers were spectacular. The geology is fascinating. The views over the Napa valley when you reach the end of the hike are wonderful. We had a wonderful afternoon and saw almost no-one.
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From the map given in the eTrail, there is a preconceived notion that there are added loops to complete. In reality, this hike should have been a straight shot from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Tennessee Valley Trail head (about 4.6 miles ONE WAY). Don't make the mistake we did by making a left turn down into the Valley Floor (down the Rodeo Valley Trail). Stay straight and head to Tenneesee Valley Trail Head. The trail itself is a LOT of fun to travel. You'll encounter a LOT of tourists in the beginning stages, but as you climb up and out of the standard GG Bridge Viewing areas, you'll hit some solitude. Do yourself a BIG favor though: Go on a CLEAR day or else the big highlights of this trail will be lost (in the fog no less) and you'll basically miss all the best sights. A great hike though and one worth doing at least once (especially since out and back totals almost 10 miles).

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