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Best river trails in Mount Tamalpais State Park, California

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Explore the most popular river 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.
Map of river trails in Mount Tamalpais State Park, California
Park information
Acreage:
6,300 acres
Park hours
Monday
7:00 am - dusk
Tuesday
7:00 am - dusk
Wednesday
7:00 am - dusk
Thursday
7:00 am - dusk
Friday
7:00 am - dusk
Saturday
7:00 am - dusk
Sunday
7:00 am - dusk
Contact
415-388-2070
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Top trails (11)
#1 - Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail Loop from Stinson
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
Hike overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This trail offers stunning views and chaparral and redwood habitats.Show more
#2 - Stinson Beach to Mount Tamalpais via Matt Davis Trail
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 17.0 mi • Est. 9 h 21 m
#3 - Muir Woods via the Bootjack Trail
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 16 m
Every weekend during the summer months, signs on the main roads in Marin County start reading "Muir Woods Parking Lot Full," leaving those who crave a stroll among the wondrous Muir Woods redwoods two options: take a shuttle or try another day. But there is a third option -- Muir Woods National Monument is only two miles by trail from the Pantoll Ranger Station at neighboring Mount Tamalpais State Park. The out-and-back hike along the Bootjack Trail, plus a couple miles of wandering at the Monument, should yield about six miles of heaven under the big trees. There's about 800 feet of elevation loss/gain on a steep, challenging path down to the Monument, so it might be too much for beginners, but it's no big deal for experienced hikers. Vehicle registration: $8 cash or credit when ranger is working, cash only when station is unmanned. You pay at the ranger's office then stick the permit on your windshield.Show more
#4 - Canopy View, Lost Trail, Fern Creek Loop Trail
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
Experience the Cathedral grove in Muir Woods and get off the main trail to avoid some of the crowds and have a truly pristine and wonderful experience. Take the Panoramic trail to the Lost Trail. Then Take the Fern Creek Trail to the visitor center. Return via the Canopy View Trail.Show more
#5 - Cataract Falls via Matt Davis Trail from Stinson Beach
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 4 h 58 m
#6 - Alice Eastwood Trail
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
Explore one of the worlds best redwood groves. This hike weaves through lush forests that will leave you awestruck and with a sore neck from looking up so much. Stop in at the visitor center for a grilled cheese sandwich! This hike is paved in sections, but has some noticeable elevation changes. Start from the parking area on Panoramic Highway and take Panoramic Trail South to Ocean View Trail. This will lead you down to Cathedral Grove. Hike back up the Bootjack trail through Bohemian Grove and return via Fern Creek Trail and Lost Trail.Show more
#7 - Matt Davis, Nora Trail, West Point Inn Loop
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
#8 - Muir Woods Redwood Creek Trail
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 5 h 17 m
Follow the Redwood Creek Trail alongside a babbling brook. This Trail gets you away from most of the crowds that are going to Muir Woods.Show more
#9 - Dipsea-Steep Ravine Loop From Rock Spring
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 19 m
This trail is great for two reasons. It takes slightly less time to complete than other Steep Ravine and Dipsea loops on Mt.Tam which makes for a shorter day hike, AND it is great for those who wish to drive up that morning and park the car in a safe spot without a parking fee! If you cannot find a spot in the lot shown here, East Peak, Bootjack, Pantoll parking lots in Mt. Tam State Park require exact change of $8 During the hotter months the sky is clear and the views are great and the hike along the ravine is shady and less humid. During the spring the ravine is flowing with water and there are several waterfalls. Here are the specific trail directions: From Rock Spring parking lot, Old Mine Trail (upper), Old Stage Road, through Pantoll parking lot, Old Mine Trail (lower), Deer Park Fire Road (briefly), Dipsea Trail, Steep Ravine Trail, through the Pantoll parking lot, Old Mine Trail (upper), Rock Spring parking lot. It is not so hard to follow as it seems. Really it is just Old Mine Trail, Dipsea Trail, Steep Ravine Trail, Old Mine Trail in one big loop that is easy to follow. The beautiful views above panoramic highway are a nice way to begin and end this leg burner of a hike. The back half of the trek is uphill the entire way, but at only 5.9 miles round trip this is a great 3 1/2- 4 1/2 hour hike that has it all, from ocean views to Old Growth Forests! Take your time and enjoy the views and some snacks along the way or burn through the trail in 3 hours! If you can ;) Show more
#10 - Redwood Trail
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
The Redwood Trail offers access to the Muir woods National Monument. Explore a mix of chaparral and redwood ecosystems. Take Ridge Ave To the Redwood TrailShow more
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