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Mount Tamalpais State Park

Area

Overview

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  • Size

    6406.82 acres

Contact Information

Description

Just north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Tamalpais State Park rises majestically from the heart of Marin County. Its deep canyons and sweeping hillsides are cloaked with cool redwood forests, oak woodlands, open grasslands, and sturdy chaparral.

The breathtaking views from Mount Tamalpais include:

  • to the west the Bolinas Lagoon and the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea;
  • to the South San Francisco and the Golden Gate;
  • to the East the San Francisco Bay and Mount Diablo;
  • and to the North, Marin lakes and forested hills.

On rare occasions, the snow-covered Sierra Nevada can be seen 150 miles away.

The park offers superlative hiking, picnicking, wildlife watching, and mountain and road bicycling.

This is your 1-2-3 essential guide to Mount Tamalpais State Park:

  1. Stop at Pantoll Parking Lot to pick up a park map and brochure and talk to park staff at the Entrance Kiosk. Register for a day pass or a night at the Pantoll and Bootjack campgrounds.
  2. Drive up along Pantoll Road to reach the panoramic Rock Springs area and the 3,750-person capacity Mountain Theater which hosts outdoor performing arts events and astronomy programs.
  3. Walk or drive to East Peak to feel on top of the world. Stop by the tiny Visitor Center for books, snacks, and souvenirs. Hop on the Gravity Car at the nearby Barn to celebrate the old Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railway.

Explore and enjoy your visit!

Allowed Activities
Sightseeing
Road Biking
Picnicking
Mountain Biking
Photography
Hiking
Tent Camping
Horseback Riding
Scuba Diving
Swimming
Windsurfing
Geocaching
Good For
Families

Additional Information

Accessibility Description

Some of the park’s wheelchair-accessible features include:

  • The accessible 0.75 mile-long Verna Dunshee Trail at East Peak has fantastic views. Accessible tables, restrooms and drinking fountains are nearby.
  • Spectacular vistas may also be seen from an accessible 0.4-mile portion of the Old Mine Trail from Pantoll Station and 0.25 miles of the McKennan Trail.
  • Pantoll and Bootjack each have accessible camping, restrooms and parking.
  • Cabin #1 and environmental campsite #7 at Steep Ravine are accessible.
  • The Mountain Theater has a wheelchair platform on the right side of the theater. The Mountain Play Association offers signed performances and descriptive services during the first three play performances each season. For more information, call the Mountain Play Association at 415-383-1100.

Fee Information

Parking fees at Pantoll and East Peak is $8. Be aware that payments are made by cash (exact change!) or check only. No cards are accepted.

Park Hours

Open daily from 7:00am to sunset year round.