Mount Tamalpais: Middle Peak Loop Trail

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Mount Tamalpais: Middle Peak Loop Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
748 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

This stunning hike will grant you with incredible views. Be prepared for some steep climbs. Make sure you have proper footwear, and bring along a camera to capture the stunning vistas. There is an $8 parking fee.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a pretty okay trail. A little rocky in certain places but some nice views. It as about 10 degrees warmer there than the weather app said so dress in layers! Good thing is not a ton of traffic but the trails could have been marked better.

hiking
1 month ago

A decent hike with a variety of terrain and amazing panoramic views. The first 3 miles were relatively easy, and mostly shaded. The last two miles were a lot of elevation gain. The ground was often rocky and uneven for large areas of the path.

1 month ago

Depending on which way you go, this hike was hard. We got lost so we ended up doing about a six mile hike that was suppose to be four miles. Be sure to remember your route or use the all trails tracker. Overall, it was a great experience.

hiking
1 month ago

Fair to moderately complex hike with beautiful views. It earns the moderate complexity from loose gravel, large rocks, and some steep grades. However these are all intermittent and are easily traversed. I recommend a pair of trekking poles to navigate these areas more easily. Some of the views along this trail are absolutely stunning, and the change in scenery and microclimates as you hike are really fascinating. The fog adds an extra layer of beauty if you go before noon.

If you’re trying to access the trailhead from the Mount Tamalpais parking lot, you will need to walk down the road a little bit to find it. It is clearly marked with a trail marker. Note that you will need exact change ($8 cash, USD—foreign currency not excepted) to park in the parking lot. I tracked my hike with an app and it measured just over 5 miles. Not sure if it was me wandering around too much or if the measurement is off.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail wound sharply at spots with varied amounts of shade - some spots were very shady, and some spots were in the full sun on this clear, sunny, hot summer day. The foliage was a mix of medium-size and large trees with some brush and bushes mixed in. Encountered some redwood groves too. The view from the mid-peak is stunningly beautiful, as is the view from the nearby fire tower (not part of the trail). Make sure to buy a more detailed map at the visitor's center near the parking lot or use an app like Gaia. The free map from the visitor's center is not detailed enough and may lead you in the wrong direction. Overall we had a wonderful day!

5 months ago

Cold if you're in the mountains shade. There are much better hikes on Tam!

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike with great views. Not too many people when I hiked it. Sunset is the best.

hiking
7 months ago

So scenic and otherworldly because of fog that rolled in. We saw no one the whole time we were there. Fantastic memory!

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

Go in the spring for the flowers!

scenic driving
Friday, March 31, 2017

The views up here are AMAZING ! The hike was great. There are quite a few stairs so be prepared to climb. And make sure to read signs lol wouldn't want to take the wrong trail....oops

hiking
Thursday, March 02, 2017

Less travelled loop hike. Sections of the trail are very rocky which makes it somewhat uncomfortable to hike.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Fantastic views of the city and the bay from the east side of Mt. Tama. Easy hike.

hiking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Was a great hike, but we did end up turning the wrong way at a fork and had to walk an extra couple miles to get back on the loop. Pay attention and have fun! Beautiful views, and not very steep at all.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Best hike I've been on

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Beautiful views as you drive up, the hike itself is nice but a bit claustrophobic at times. Hike is mostly shaded so good for hot days. My dog enjoyed it and we definitely had a nice workout.

hiking
Sunday, March 27, 2016

It was great!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

It was great!

cross country skiing
Thursday, June 04, 2015

I love it

hiking
Monday, August 20, 2012

I went in January so it was foggy, green and cool.

hiking
Friday, September 10, 2010

Go early in the morning. The first part of the hike is this almost comically steep, sunny stretch of dirt and rock which is pretty intense, and needlessly so if you can go earlier in the day when the sun doesn't bear down on you so much.

After that, it's relatively easy going (in my opinion). If you can make it through that, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the incredible views you get as you walk up to the top.

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hiking
3 months ago

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