Looking for a great trail in Mount Tamalpais Watershed, California? AllTrails has 77 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 45 moderate trails in Mount Tamalpais Watershed ranging from 2.6 to 13.2 miles and from 68 to 2,568 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
1 day ago

Awesome trail and a super workout. Great views. Parking is limited so be aware. It starts steadily uphill but it is after the first intersection that the trail starts showing it’s true nature. The trails can get very hot on a sunny September day. The trail is very uneven so both good hiking shoes and some poles are good to have. It just keeps on going uphill until the switchbacks, where it gets little less steep. Great views all throughout this trail. Most of the trail is exploded but you do find shade often. Get enough water. You can refill it above. On the way back can also be challenging at some spots. Hiking poles do help. Didn’t see any snakes this time. Definitely a great workout.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Holy smokes what a trail Taking this from the Temelpa Trailhead to East Peak will be the only workout you need all day Insanely steep at many sections, super loose footing with gravel/leaf fall everywhere There is something about the closed in section of Temelpa that really traps the heat in the single track Although there is some shade along the route, be ready for lots and lots of water, and trekking poles will be your friend here!

This trail is great to hike right after the rains, however I hiked it in the mid of summer and still found it nice... I usually hike it backwards though due to the concentration of elevation change. You get some truly great views once you summit near the end. Definitely recommend

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

we did the entire trail from the beginning of the trail, about 7.4miles, well maintained and wide path, then stairs, lots of shade, good signs. trail is along side of the creek, very tranquil and pleasant. ranger advised very crowded during the weekend, but absolutely beautiful during weekdays.

hiking
rocky
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

The trail was well maintained overall and made for a great hike. A couple of rocky spots along the route and it contained one steep grade to climb. Parking was great.

on Bon Tempe Lake Loop

hiking
8 days ago

Nice and easy, about 1,5 hr to go around.

hiking
8 days ago

The trail head is difficult to find, as it’s tucked behind the fire station on a gravel road. Once I figured out where I was going, the trail was lovely, mostly shaded and not too strenuous. A nice ~4 mile there & back with an Inn with great views of Mt Tam at the end.

Stunning variety of environments. It felt like 4 hikes in 1. Nobody on the back side then jam packed on the cataract falls bit. I hiked counterclockwise and enjoyed the solitude before the crush. Love that I can bring the pup.

beautiful, easy/moderate trail. Definitely lots of stairs though! The waterfall is kind of dried out right now, I suggest going during the winter or after its rained. My friend and I started at the bottom and worked our way up to the laurel dell picnic area which took us about one hour.

The views from the fire tower are fabulous (if there's no fog) but waaay too many people. Hordes of people in groups of 6 and 8 going in both directions on the weekend with no place to park on the highway. It thins out above West Point Inn but at that point you're walking along a road which isn't much of a hike. There is shade below the Inn but it's exposed above.

First fire road was a real butt kicker going both up and down. After that the single track was rather a lovely through the forest and pretty flat. Would try to do just that portion next time.

Great trail! Everything was well marked and easy to follow. Quite a climb up at first but beautiful small waterfalls to enjoy with the climb. Loved the variety of scenery along the trail and also that it had a lot of coverage and was shaded most of the time. We drank up all of our water by the end so definitely bring plenty of water and some snacks for the hike. We finished the hike in about 4.5 hours rather than the suggested 6 hours even with short breaks and about 15 minutes break for a snack type lunch. We kept a swift pace most of the time.

The first half of the hike was very difficult, with a continuous climb from the base until you turn off the cataract trail. Even with the low water level, the falls were still very nice

Awesome trail. Highly recommend going counter clockwise as others have said. First half was incredible, gorgeous views and didn’t see a single person on the trail until we reached the lake. Took us around 5 hours to complete the loop with frequent stops to take photos. The last half of the hike was extremely crowded and honestly not that exciting. I would recommend hiking to the lake and coming back the way you came. Overall easily 5/5 stars and would do again.

Great loop! Went counterclockwise and dealt with the majority of the incline at the beginning. The rest of the hike after West Point is casual and nice.

more hard than moderate. lot of incline. really nice, longer than promised by about 1.5 miles

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
15 days ago

Really amazing views. Then we also hiked down into Muir Woods.

hiking
17 days ago

not terribly technical but the ascent is very strenuous. trekking poles were a life saver on the descent. trail is narrow is spots due to foliage and some areas of the trail have been carved deep by water. no signs of snakes today

Beautiful, lots of flies on a summer evening though.

easy walk with pretty lake and plants - nice walk to get out and smell the rosemary and pine.

on Cataract Falls Trail

hiking
17 days ago

Dog friendly hike (dogs on leash)! We started at the parking lot at the top of the mountain (on the map it is the pin on the bottom farthest from the lake). The view from the top (the Mt.Tamalpis Watershed) was beautiful. The parking lot was a decent size but could get packed on the weekends. No fee for parking and there are port-o-potty’s there as well. The hike was great, this time of year the water isn’t flowing as much as in the winter or spring after a nice rain but there is still some. The trail is nicely shaded providing relief from the sun. Starting from the top you hike all the way down but just remember you have to go back up all those stairs so bring LOTS OF WATER and pace yourself.

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