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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 waterfalls, solid workout

Definitely go after it rains-- there's hardly any water otherwise! This is also a more challenging hike than this page makes it seem. The first mile or so is mostly uphill on a fire road with no shade. BRING MORE WATER THAN YOU THINK YOU NEED FOR AN "EASY" 4 MILE HIKE. Especially on a warm day. I ran out about half way through and boy did that suck. The trail down to the falls is nice and shaded, but coming back up it's a decent incline. Also, because no one seems to know this, YOU CANT (AND SHOULDN'T) GO INTO THE POOLS AT THE BASE OF THE FALLS. It's all protected-- endangered frogs breed there. Nonetheless, it was a nice hike! There's also a decent amount of Poison Oak along the trail so beware.

3 days ago

Really enjoyed the stream and the pools on the way to the waterfall -- we saw people swimming in the pools. Definitely worth checking out!

Beautiful hike!

4 days ago

Wow! This hike was a magical experience. Went early in the morning on a Saturday. The ultra marathon was going on, but still the trail was lightly trafficked, up until around lunch time. I will be going back to that area for sure! Be warned, Stinson beach area gets crazy around lunch time as well on a nice day.

4 days ago

on Bon Tempe Trail

4 days ago