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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.

Great trail. Seen a lot of waterfalls. We hiked this last December waterfalls are just amazing.

One of the most beautiful hikes ever. I tried to go here on Sunday and the road was closed and it would have been a 4 mile walk to get to the trail head. The road was closed due to storm damage. We did Carson Falls instead which was also very nice. Just a heads up that the road may be closed if you try and go this coming weekend.

This is a great hike after some heavy rains. All the streams on Matt Davis are flowing and the hike down to Muir Woods is extremely lush.

on Cataract Falls Trail

7 days ago

Amazing beautiful waterfalls so full

Feb 5, 2017- Great for trail running. We ran though mist and light rain. It was magical.

Beautiful hike on a misty day. Lots of waterfalls right now. The river was an added surprise. The lost trail had a sign that it was closed from one direction for possible falling trees but not from the other direction. We didn't see the sign until we reached the bottom safely.