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With its golden grasslands, iconic oak woodlands, stands of redwood forest, chaparral, and views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Tamalpais State Park captures the heart of Marin County. While fog is a defining aspect of the ecosystem, on clearer days hikers can see the Farallon Islands, the San Francisco bay, the cities of the East Bay, and even as far as Mount Diablo. More than 50 miles of trail are within the park and connect to a larger, 200-mile-long trail system. Bicyclists are challenged by old railroad grade, or the twisting road to the highest point of the park's summit. Camping at Bootjack or Steep Ravine makes for a great overnight trip. 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.

The trail was just amazing. Just like most people that have commented about this trail, every corner had a different scenic view. We started at the pan toll/ranger station on Matt Davis and took a loop back. It was a little steep but not hard and there was a few fallen trees that we had to go over and under but that is what made it more adventurous. I’m an early hiker so I arrived at 630am on a Friday, thinking there was a way to start the hike at Stinson Beach but at that time the beach is not open, it opens at 9 am. The ranger station is best to start, also on a Friday there was no traffic at all and maybe saw 7 hikers along the way. This hike is highly recommended and you will get a few amazing surprises along the trail.

Often, it felt as if I were plunging into something new. The many twists and bends give the illusion of being lost, as no one stretch really looks like another. I'll definitely hike this one again.

This trail is the perfect platform for curious minds. The ever changing landscape is home to docile creatures and ancient groves clothed in soft, lush, bright green moss. The climb up was at times taxing but very much so doable for all ages. More experienced hikers or fitness seekers could easily wander and train on the well maintained path. I did however see trash (Not uncommon) so if you visit don't be that asshole. "pack it in pack it out." GO ENJOY THIS 7 MILE JUNGLE GYM.

This was an incredible hike. Enjoyed the variety of terrain, the sea views, the redwoods, and the Bay Tree groves. This is easily my favorite hike in the Bay so far.

Great, peaceful hike with views from the parking lot most of the way up. Great variety and the westpoint inn is a lovely spot to stop for a rest and soak in the views from a rocking chair. Best part of this hike is that there’s two clean bathrooms along the way! On a Sunday afternoon, we saw a handful of other groups, but the trail still felt quiet.

I would definitely rate this hike moderate, not hard. It wasn’t very steep.

Perfect hike. I would rate the trail as moderate given the distance. We parked by Stinson Beach (with restrooms and free parking on a Sunday) and started our trek up the Matt Davis trail. The switchbacks had a gradual incline and was not intense. It took about 2 hours to reach the Park Ranger station, including time to stop for photos. We hiked down the Dip Sea trail. The 10 ft wooden ladder was pretty easy to climb down. We stopped for lunch on one of the rocks by the creek and concluded our hike with a gorgeous view overlooking the ocean. I estimate the whole hike without lunch break would take about 4.5 hours. Would highly recommend, especially since the trees provide nice shade when the weather is warmer.