nature trips

trail running



no dogs

wild flowers

kid friendly





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.

We started at Pantoll campground, descended via Matt Davis trail and back up dipsea/steep ravine.

Don't attempt this hike in sneakers, those vile sneaker sandals (teevas?) or anything that isn't a sturdy hiker or boot with decent grip and support, the going can be uneven and sloppy in places.

Love this hike!

Really great hike. We actually missed the cut over to Steep Ravine Trail and headed up Dipsea Trail to the top. Had to take Old Mine Trail to Pantoll Campground and headed down Matt Davis Trail from there. Lots of stairs to climb up but we managed them. Amazing views. Great day.

We went down dipsea and up matt Davis! Second half was all uphill and mostly shaded but it wasn't too bad :)