Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Mount Tamalpais State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Has it all — steep ravines, flowing creeks, mini-waterfalls, redwood forests, amazing views of the ocean and the city (including Angel Island, top of the GG Bridge, and Farallon Islands on a clear day), and even a 10 foot ladder to climb. Recommend counterclockwise to enjoy the creek on the climb down and be stunned by spectacular views on the second half of the climb back up. Shady for much of the loop. Add a 1.4 mile hike (each way) to Stinson Beach at the bottom of the loop if extra time. Not overly crowded despite holiday weekend.

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22 days ago

Super short on time so we couldn’t do the trail, but wanted to see the iconic theater. It was lovely—it must be magical to see a production here.

Short and spectacular. Worth every step.

Did this loop on the way back to Stinson Beach after summiting the East Peak. Went from PanToll Ranger Station, down Steep Ravine and up the DipSea trail to return back at the PanToll Station. Certainly a fun loop, but i must say Steep Ravine is my favorite part still. The bridge that connects the DipSea Trail to the Steep Ravine leads to an insane section of stairs that doesnt break for what felt like 150 steps. And these are steep. After you summit the stairway to death it leads to a much flatter section of single track that seems to follow the hills. When i went today, it was extraordinarily misty so i could not see what laid beyond, for all i know it offers views of the ocean. However, the Steep Ravine trail has a couple set of stairs that are brutal but not deadly, and a small ladder to climb. Other than that its a beautiful steady climb following a small creek, which was flowing today and has quite a few waterfalls to check out! There are a few switchbacks, allowing you to truly check out the old ferns surrounding you. If you only get to take one of the trails, Steep Ravine is my go-to, but this loop was a fun addition to my day!

It was good morning hike. We started about 9 am and finished by 11:30 am. There was a sign post showing Lost trail, but someone broke it and we thought we missed the trail, but my hunch was correct and came back from Panoramic Hwy and corrected the sign temporarily and told ranger to repair the sign post.

Not much of a view. Crowded. Trees are dying and falling down. Steep and badly maintained. Go elsewhere.

3 months ago

It’s a good entrance to get to the other larger trails without needing to go where all the tourists enter. The entrance can be a little hard to find, but just look for the tiny signs.

Beautiful hike! We started at around 8am and finished right as the fog burned off around 11. If I wasn’t photographing or carrying gear We could’ve done it in 2 hours or less. Parking was 8$ and you pay at the ranger station in the parking lot. Very well marked trail

Great overlooks!

Great hike that you start from the ranger station. Enjoyed going down steep ravine and heading back up the dip sea trail, which loops you through a decent view at the top before getting back to station. Good amount of trees that kept us shaded. Finished in little less than 2 hours.

Quite rocky after the 1st 50' or so, wear hiking boots to avoid injury! Nice views of bay area. No shade throughout.

Stunning, panoramic views at the top. Roads to the trail are constant switchbacks for about an hour, so if you get car sick easily, be prepared.

Winding roads up to the summit, short, scenic hike with a pretty sweet firewatch tower.

Fantastic, challenging hike with wonderful scenery and lots of shade

Part of the redwood creek trail was inaccessible because of a washed out bridge, and the rest of it was quite overgrown. We ended up walking back along the road. The Muir Woods portion of the hike was nice.

Great way to go check out Muir Woods! Beautiful forest all the way through and plenty of flat sections in between your moderate parts so you get your exercise without being so exhausted you can’t enjoy the Redwoods. Would do it again if there weren’t so many trails I haven’t done.

5 months ago

Not a good beach day, overcast and foggy; water was refreshing regardless. This is an easy stroll along the beach, which is flat, wide and open; were lots of dogs running around. Several access points.

Short hike, the lower portion is paved and accessible, great views and even some connecting trail options, including a nice viewpoint to a rocky overlook. Upper part via the initial "plank trail" takes you to the top and fire lookout, with a great 360 view. Go on a clear day. On top of the east peak of Mt. Tam, this hike is worth a stop with great views of the city and surrounding areas. The pay station was overstuffed, had not been emptied for a while.

#1, get a reservation for parking.
#2, get here super early.
#3, download your maps.

If early, you can do the soon-to-be-crowded part first with relatively no one around. Which is nice. Once you are back on the trails you may not see anyone for a half-hour at a time.

This whole area is what you make of it. Bring your maps!

Bootjack is no joke.

Nature beauty everywhere!!! Will be coming back soon!

Such a beautiful hike! There were creeks, water falls, bridges, a wood ladder, and open groves as well as shade, fog, direst sun, and rain. All in one hike!! So much fun to have such diversity all in one place. Very much recommend, the stairs half way through may have you question why you started but remember it doesn’t last long. Lol

Awesome. At times much harder than I anticipated . Worth it.

Great trail, some noticeable elevation changes and rocky areas. If you want to do this hike fast then I would suggest mid-high boots if they don’t bother you.

Great hike with my 4 year old!

7 months ago

Great views, beautiful stream, and good distance. A few too many people though

8 months ago

Great hike down into Muir Woods National Monument, and then back up. Like others have said, you cannot see the ocean, but plenty of amazing redwoods.

We arrived at 9:30 and it was easy to park, facilities were available and the trail boasted fantastic views. Things worth noting if mobility or balance is an issue: sometimes the trail has very steep stairs, exposed roots, narrow passage.

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