Pine Mountain Fire Road

Mount Tamalpais Watershed, California

Elevation Gain4,839ft
Trailhead Elevation1,077ft
Elevation Min/Max414/1745ft
Elevation Start/End1077/1077ft

Pine Mountain Fire Road

Pine Mountain Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Marin County, California. It is within Mount Tamalpais Watershed. It is 8.8 miles long and begins at 1,077 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 17.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,839 feet. Pine Mountain (elevation 1,781 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: San Geronimo Ridge Road, Oat Hill Fire Road and Sylvestris Fire Road.

Pine Mountain Fire Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"With an average steepness of 12% and pitches of up to 30%, this 2.1-mile screaming downhill stretch of the overall loop is definitely not for beginners. Repack is a rocky, loose and often dusty narrow dirt road marked by rain ruts. The rest of the loop around Pine Mountain is not as technical though there are some advanced technical sections of brief duration. So what? Walking up or down them is always an acceptable technique, which means even strong adventurous beginners can ride most of this loop. Throughout the entire loop, the terrain climbs steeply up and down, gaining and losing about 1,600 feet. Lying in the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) and Marin County Open Space, the route leads you up and down several ridges, through many different ecosystems, and offers a splendid view of the northern San Francisco Bay and beyond. Plenty of downhill stretches over remote terrain, especially the area around the secluded backside of Pine Mountain, make the huffing and puffing up the steep sections worth it."

"This ride is almost as famous as Repack; nobody raced here, but it's one of the original mountain bike loops in the area. Those early folks seem to have had a penchant for rocks and loose surfaces. You experience plenty of both on this ride, along with steep climbs and steep descents, making for an interesting afternoon all around. The loop traverses two ridges and a canyon, where you (literally) run across three creeks. And don't let the name mislead you; like most of the surrounding hills, the ridges are wide open grassland, affording spectacular views."

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Trail Information

Mount Tamalpais Watershed
Nearby City
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
Sunshine Bicycle Center, 415-459-3334
Local Contacts
USGS Bolinas
Local Maps