Explore the most popular Views 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.

Phenomenal! Went counter clockwise on the trail, about 2 miles in there are plenty of views and overlooks to have lunch at. Would definitely be back, with sandwiches next time!

The hike up was awesome! It was shady most of the way to the top. Downhill was mostly open dirt road without much shade.

This hike was recommended by the ranger when I asked for a nice 6 mile hike. It was magnificent, albeit my second hike in the SF area. A great mix of views, creeks, and forest.

Amazing trail with lots of variety—beautiful redwoods, lots of waterfalls, arid portions, all without much traffic. Accidentally did it backwards by going right at the first fork. Ended up enjoying doing the steep portions up hill at the beginning and cool down on the leisurely descend.

The best hike in the Bay Area in my opinion. So many different ways you can approach East peak from Stinson, this is a “figure eight” that gives you the most diversity of trails. Get to Stinson before 8am to beat traffic.

Excellent loop thru the redwoods. Stop for a beer at mountain home inn.

Very pretty! Ended up being closer to 4.7 miles.

Our second time doing this hike, and we loved it even more this time. It was a clear day and we saw amazing views of downtown SF and the golden gate Bridge from the trail! Bring water, snacks and follow the trail map closely. We accidentally followed the dipsea trail instead of steep ravine and climbed up 1 mile of steps before realizing our mistake and turning back around. Good moderate hike, can be done by people who don't usually do this trail length as long as you go slow. Great for trail running!

Wonderful trail. The hike back up was a real workout for an average guy like me.

One of the best hikes - super green and creek along the way to reach the falls.

Wonderful views, varied landscape, not too too crowded.

Beautiful trail! Showed up around 2pm and finished just at sunset. The ladder is real and will satisfy your fantasy hike needs

Stunning views and a great hike!

Fantastic day to hike! The trails were mostly damp , but we ran into a few pockets of muddy spots too. We arrived at 0930 and parking was already filled up in several parking lots. Too many people do this trail on the weekends. This trail is so much better on a weekday due to the high volume of crowds. The entire loop was 8 miles at 1883 ft elevation. Not recommended for a beginner hiker. Very strenuous upward climb the first 3 miles.

Easy trail to follow, I wouldn't call it difficult. The climb up the rocks to the peak of the mountain was a little steep but short and had the best views. It was very cloudy when I went so I only saw a glimpse of the city. On the way back I took fern creek trail to railroad grade fire road which joined back with the original trail at the inn. It had some steep steps going down, went through a creek and was more in the woods which was a nice change of scenery. The directions take you to a small pullout on the side of the road with the trail entrance on the right. There is some parking below for the campground if the lot is full.

Pretty good hike. Lots of good views

Try it on a clear say for the best views of the ocean. Saw a pack of coyotes not far into the hike off Matt Davis Trail about 500 yards off the path.

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I did this Jan 26th so it was a little muddy and foggy but overall a beautiful hike but parking is hard to find

This is by far one my most favorite trails in all of California! From the beginning you instantly feel like you have stepped into a scene of Hook (Peter Pan) the movie. If you really want to surprise some friends in town visiting, I would highly suggest this trail. The 1st mile and half is downhill so be prepared for the rest of it to be an incline but you won’t regret the sweat you break completing this one! The redwoods and fern gullies are mind blowing, then you have several old wooden bridges covered in moss and don’t forget the many fallen trees that have created fun obstacles along the way! The ladder climb is just icing on the cake on this trail amigos! Have fun! Wear good shoes with grip and enjoy the trail! I promise you will feel like you’re in a different country/world the entire time!

Amazing trail, highly recommend. Pictures cannot do this place justice. I parked at Whitegate ranch trailhead and went up steep ravine to the ranger station (quickest but steepest way to get to the top) then back down old mine trail which takes you to views of the ocean then to dipsea back to the gate. Dipsea has more stairs, steep ravine has the ladder.

totally different hike in winter vs early Summer - so many waterfalls and high water in creeks. In the Summer the trail is lined with flowering plants. Always a great time, but bring trekking poles for Hogback Rd; it is very steep and covered in loose rocks. I would absolutely have been on my butt without them

Gorgeous hike. Steep! Close to 7 miles round trip if you start in Stinson Beach, 3.5 each way. First time we hiked it back in Feb 2019 we parked at the top of Steep Ravine, went down to Stinson Beach, then back up. Second time in Nov 2019 we parked at Stinson Beach and went up and back. I preferred the up and back to Stinson Beach, that way you can hang out at the beach and rest at the end, or get some food in town. It's a steep hike with stair climbs and switchbacks but absolutely beautiful. Ferns, moss, redwoods, and creeks are everywhere, not to mention the amazing views of Stinson Beach after you hit the Dipsea Trail. I tend to spend the entire hike staring at the amazing views in every direction. There is one section that requires climbing a wooden ladder next to a small waterfall, it's about 10-15 feet high and it's at an angle, not straight up. It can be a bit slippery when the waterfall is really flowing.

Start on Old Mine Trail at Pantoll Station to add 1 mile. There’s an option to go down to Stinson Beach once Dipsea turns into Steep Ravine, which I believe adds around 1.5 miles each way to the hike.

Well marked. Beautiful out and back.

I hiked this trail November 22 2019. Would love to hike is again. Beautiful elevation. Started early...not so many people which is great. Beautiful view all through the hike. Took me 3 1/2 hours to finished the whole hike.

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