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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.

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 :)

More of a moderate than hard. Love that you can drop into Stinson for a beer and then head back up. Amazing views.

Really good way to get into some Muir Woods redwoods without driving to the valley floor. Nice trails. Lots of people.

Awesome trail running. Very scenic and beautiful.

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10 days ago

Great hike. Beautiful scenery. Unfortunately, we missed the sign to take the complete Dias Ridge trail and ended on a road. We only missed a half mile of the 6.1 distance, and did not see the water due to fog. We met some seasoned hikers to the area and they gave us several alternatives to try next time. We enjoyed the beautiful wild flowers and cool climate. THERE IS POISON OAK! We are treating with Technu and hoping for the best. I will be back to see this entire path another time for sure.

Very long, challenging hike. Steep Ravine is the one of the prettiest trails I have seen. There is a big parking lot in Stinson Beach that parking was easy. We got there around 8:30 on Saturday. The fog was so thick in the morning we decided to start Dipsea-Steep Ravine instead of Matt Davis - it was still foggy at the peak we couldn't see SF and GGBridge. We were amazed how many bridges we crossed on the trail that we thought we should have counted them. Even though it was foggy in lower elevation it was sunny and hot after Pan Toll. Fern Creek Trail from the peak was so steep and exposed we were glad it was downhill instead of up. The peak was crowded but the view was amazing. It took us all day to finish but we have done it - the sea to the peak hike that I wanted to do and the experience was very satisfying.