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North of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Tamalpais State Park rises majestically from the heart of Marin County. Mount Tamalpais captures our attention with its sweeping hillsides cloaked with chaparral-covered ridges, grasslands and oak woodlands. Deep canyons filled with solemn redwood groves intersect these ridges and slopes to create a diverse environment for a wide array of plant and animal species. On a clear day, visitors can see the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco and the bay, hills and cities of the East Bay, and Mount Diablo. On rare occasions, the Sierra Nevada's snow-covered mountains can be seen 150 miles away. Coastal Miwok Indians lived in the area for thousands of years before Europeans arrived. In 1770, two explorers named the mountain La Sierra de Nuestro Padre de San Francisco, which was later changed to the Miwok word Tamalpais. With the Gold Rush of 1849, San Francisco grew and more people began to use Mount Tamalpais for recreation. Trails were developed and a wagon road was built. Later, a railway was completed and became known as "The Crookedest Railroad in the World." It was abandoned in 1930 after a wildfire damaged the line. Hiking and Bicycle Trails: More than 50 miles of trail are within the park and connect to a larger, 200-mile-long trail system. Bicyclists are challenged by the twisting road to the top of the park's summit. Spring and summer temperatures are warm, with average highs in the 70s and 80s. Fall and winter can be cool, with temperatures in the 50s; fog is common. The park is open from 7am to sunset year-round. Dogs are not allowed on trails, on fire roads or in undeveloped areas. Dogs are permitted on leash in the picnic areas and campgrounds, except in the Environmental Campground.
Awesome hike and absolutely one of my favorites of all time. We parked right next to the Matt Davis trailhead and walked over to start the loop from the Dipsea trailhead. All kinds of terrain but my absolute favorite was watching the sunset from the meadows of the Matt Davis trail. We stopped a lot to take pictures so it unfortunately got dark towards the end...make sure you plan accordingly! Beautiful and enjoyable nevertheless.
I did the loop a week after great storm. Some of path literally become stream and need extra judgment to pass. You need proper hiking boots to do this trail in wet muddy winter walk. it was pretty chilly and foggy morning but once we reached the alpine lake the view just amazing.
So many great picture spots. Beautiful waterfalls as well as a breathtaking view of the ocean from the top. There are some steep inclines (hence the name steep ravine) so be prepared as it's a long hike. Watched the sunset from the Matt Davis Trail and it was super nice. I packed a windbreaker because another reviewer said it was windy at the top, but I ended up wearing just a t-shirt the whole time. Did this hike with a couple friends and I plan on coming back and exploring the other routes!
Second time to this beautiful peaceful place. Couldn't do it first time around and I consider myself an able bodied person. The stairs are killer, but today doable! Breathtaking views, great smell of nature, more hikers today than last time, but friendly and courteous. Bring water and a snack. Consider finding a spot half way thru to sit and "be" in the beauty that is nature and California. I'll be bring people back here forever.