Verna Dunshee Trail and Plank Trail at Mount Tam East Peak

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Verna Dunshee Trail and Plank Trail at Mount Tam East Peak is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, CA that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

1.3 miles 297 feet Loop

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



no dogs

Parking is available near the trailhead. Drive close to the summit.

13 days ago

I wish we would've known that there is an $8 parking fee that you have to pay on your own (ie, no change and no ATM). Otherwise, a nice easy hike. paved all the way around so it seems to be handicap accessible

3 months ago

Hiked this over a hundred times and still sometimes get lost. Pay attention to road signs and trail signs so you don't get lost!

trail running
4 months ago

The Verna Dunshee trail is a paved trail that gives you a unique 360 degree view of the area. We took a detour to descend onto the Temelpa trail for about 1/2 mile, then ran back up. Overall a nice trail, if a bit touristy.

We enjoyed the smaller but steeper Plank Trail better. Once you reached the top, be sure to explore behind the fire lookout, there are some skinny trails and even better views back there.

Bring exact change for the $8 parking fee - you just stuff it into a registration envelope. We only had a $10 bill so we went with that.

5 months ago

Amazing views! Easy hike. Go after 5pm

9 months ago

2 years ago

Nice short trail at the East Peak of Mount Tamalpais. Views are gexpansive. There was a marine layer obscuring our view of San Francisco, so I have to remember to come back in November on a clear day (we came on a clear summer day). Start the loop to the right of the restrooms. The interpretive trail flyers are in a box there. We did the reverse and missed them altogether. Be sure to hike to the fire lookout before you leave. Parking at the trail head is $8.

2 years ago

best place in the bay area