Old Railroad Grade Fr Road

Mount Tamalpais Watershed, California

Elevation Gain1,259ft
Trailhead Elevation202ft
Elevation Min/Max202/825ft
Elevation Start/End202/202ft

Old Railroad Grade Fr Road

Old Railroad Grade Fr Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Mill Valley, California. It is within Mount Tamalpais Watershed and Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 202 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,259 feet. This trail connects with the following: H Line Fire Road.

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"Mount Tamalpais, or Mount Tam as locals call it, has been attracting wanderers for more than a century. There is a little of everything here, including open grasslands, dense laurels, redwood-and fern-filled canyons, and oak knolls. The trail follows the path of an old railroad, and hikers can still see some vestiges of the line along the path. One such remnant is the historical West Point Inn, which was built by the railroad, and is still open for business. Hikers are encouraged to stop by this novel spot for refreshments. Terrain: Gravel fire road and dirt path through second-growth redwood forest, chaparral, and oak woodland on mountain slopes."

"This is the most popular route from the base of Mount Tamalpais (more commonly called Mount Tam) to the top at East Peak. Once an old railroad line, the grade is gradual and the trail a wide dirt road. There are many ways to modify this ride to make it longer, shorter, or more technical. Sweeping views of the East Bay, San Francisco, the Marin Headlands, and the Pacific Ocean follow you to the top. Want to ride a mountain? Ride this one. Trail surface: Wide dirt road."

"This figure-8 hike takes the Old Railroad Grade to West Point Inn, then returns via trails and Gravity Car Grade to the Mountain Home Inn. Heavy bicycle traffic on weekends."

"Climbing nearly 2,000 feet to the summit of Mount Tamalpais, the Old Railroad Grade boasts some of the best views in the San Francisco Bay Area. The steady grade of the winding dirt track, now frequented by mountain bikers in shiny Lycra, once was a weekend destination of ladies and gentlemen, who would travel by ferry from San Francisco to spend a day in the country."

"This hike follows the historic Old Railroad Grade as it gradually climbs up the mountain. Open chaparral areas provide great views. Heavy bicycle traffic on weekends."

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Trail Information

Mount Tamalpais Watershed
Nearby City
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
Marin County Open Space District, Mount Tamalpais State Park
Local Contacts
USGS San Rafael
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Sep 2018