Mount Tamalpais South Side Ramble Trail

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Mount Tamalpais South Side Ramble Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

6.3 miles
1,246 feet



mountain biking

nature trips




wild flowers

no dogs

A pleasant loop that explores trails away from the crowds found at Muir Woods and the summit hikes. This loop offers stunning vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Take the Matt Davis Trial to the Stage Coach Fire Rd. Return via Bootjack and Matt Davis Trail.

3 months ago

Not a difficult hike but a good workout. I did it counterclockwise and also took a side trip to the mountain top trail, to make it a bit more difficult. This trail truly has it all. The ecosystem changes pretty frequently. Lots of streams are still flowing in mid June. So are many wild flowers. The terrain is also frequently changes. It was foggy and so I couldn’t get good views this trail is famous for. Enjoy!

7 months ago

Hiked clockwise this time and counterclockwise last time. Both ways are enjoyable and worth repeating. Good hike, very scenic and a decent workout. Clockwise has more uphill climbing - going clockwise Bootjack to Mountain Theater is the steepest part of the loop. Clockwise time: 3 hrs.

8 months ago

Agree with others, it’s definitely a moderate and not a hard. Still beautiful, and love the rest stops at the inn and the amphitheater, but tack on one of the peaks to add a bit more exercise to your miles.

8 months ago

This was such a gorgeous hike! You are surrounded by ferns, trees, and moss for most of the hike. Gets a little strenuous at times but should be a fairly easy for the avid hiker. I did come home with a tick stuck to my back so take precaution.

9 months ago

Hiked the train in the winter, and the mix of trail time under tree-cover and out in the open was perfect. Barely anyone was on the trail. The amphitheater was amazing to visit, and it offers an awesome view.

11 months ago

Beautiful hike with nice stops at the West Point Inn and crossing through the Mountain Amphitheater. Very steep at the beginning but moderate the remainder. Took us 3.5 hours with a slight detour that put us at 7 miles total. Free parking on Panorama Highway near the trailhead.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Really nice hike with views on the city!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

It's a moderate hike, definitely not hard. Nice views.

Friday, April 21, 2017

definitely go counterclockwise! mistakenly went clockwise and had a leisurely stroll opposed to strenuous hike. moderate at best (im guessing counterclockwise would be moderate as well).

Thursday, April 13, 2017

I hiked the loop counterclockwise. The first two miles of the loop is uphill (moderate) and second half is downhill (easy). Trail goes past West Point Inn and the Mountain Theater. Approximately 3hrs hiking time, but I got caught in a heavy downpour and had to take cover in a grove of trees and wait for the rain to let up, so total time would be a little less under better conditions.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Nice scenic hike

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Beautiful views with variable terrain. Easy in some parts, but not more than moderate in others.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Great views. Little muddy when I went. I would list it as a moderate in intensity.

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 12. Lots of water falls.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Solid loop trail with phenomenal views

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hot hike, bc the first part doesn't have much cover, dogs are allowed on this hike, and the views are amazing!!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great but hot lol

Friday, June 10, 2016

Great loop that ends by the beach and by a restaurant with a full bar.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


Sunday, May 15, 2016

It was hard but great trail.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

What a beautiful place to hike. It was supposed to be a 6.6 mile hike, but for us it was closer to 8.5 miles. Hope to do another hike in the near future with so many trails to choose from.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Loved this hike. Lots of stairs on the way down and you will be in for a workout going back up. Very misty in the early morning which was nice. Very lush greens and shade. Wear mosquito repellant!

1 month ago

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