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Mount Tamalpais South Side Ramble Trail is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 6.3 mi Elevation gain 1,246 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

No dogs

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The watershed remains open to the public, with some restrictions, for recreational use daily from sunrise to sunset. The recent county health order prohibits vehicles and parking at the watershed, with the exception of people with disabilities who have the required disability placards or license plates for their vehicles. Parking for those with disabilities is available at our Sky Oaks parking lot. While the watershed remains open, visitors must comply with social distancing requirements of at least 6 feet. All volunteer programs that take place on the watershed have been canceled until further notice. Please note that the parking lot for this trail is closed due to COVID 19. 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.

Park at the turnout on Panoramic HWY

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Stephen Jordan
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Jamie Yang
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Dasha Kirpichnikova
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Hiking

Parking now is closed so we had to park along the road which added 1 mile to the hike. Fog over the bay was magical, but east pick views were way better, this is why I would give it 4 stars, not 5. I like the hike because of a variety of sceneries. And it is mainly shaded, so it is good for a hot day.

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Kalle Freese
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Hiking

Super nice hike on a bright chilly day. Took us 2h30min on a good pace counterclockwise

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Sam Ba
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Hiking

I went on a cold, blustery day, and it was still beautiful. Went a little off trail at first, totalled seven miles by the end of it. Definitely plan on doing it again on a sunny day - it probably feels like a completely different hike.

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Joshua P.
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Carter Devol
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Running

Great views and well cleared path to run on. You will cross multiple bridges (lost track at 5) and dodge in and out of the shade. Great Marin run!

Anthony Lopez
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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.

E Hoffman
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Hiking

Unbelievable views if you go on a clear day. Stay to the right of the first fork at the water tower, and then continue on Nora Trail (right) vs going over the bridge to Bootjack. It makes the trail more difficult and takes you right up to West Point Inn.

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Taty Knight
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Hiking

Great hike loop,although we got confused about where to go at timed. Amazing in and out of woods and the West Point Inn is a must stop

Adam Polonski
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Hiking

Hiked July 2019 on a very foggy morning/early afternoon, sadly with no views to speak of. Even without views, this is an extremely pretty trail that keeps weaving in and out of the forest, along ridges, and through meadows thick with unique plantlife. Trail is very well-marked and easy to follow. I am not in the best hiking shape but this was definitely moderate rather than hard. There are a few sections that are relatively steep, but most of the incline is very gradual over the course of the trail. All in all, a beautiful Bay Area trail.

Wendy Shewmaker
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Hiking

Varied terrain, but mostly wooded with bursts of that spectacular Bay Area view from the top of the hill. Loved stopping for a snack and the view at West Point Inn and we also lucked into a Mountain Play rehearsal the weekend before they open—we sat and watched a few songs from this year’s show, Grease. Like others have said, this is not a hard trail. Moderate—with a good stretch of uphill if you take the counterclockwise direction. We did this as a family, with my husband, 15 year old daughter and 11 year old son. Everyone easily completed it and enjoyed it. Ended up 7 miles since we had to park off the road a bit.

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Tom Young
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Hiking

Nice variety of ecosystems. Good hike. Not "hard" however. More moderate.

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Grant Olsen
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Mountain biking

This loop is for hiking only. No bikes allowed. Instead if you head down the hill from the firestation, you'll find a fire road that leads to double bow and then to railroad grade.

A K
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Hiking

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!

Roger Ostrem
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Hiking

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.

I ♥️ Waterfalls
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Hiking

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.

Veronica Castillo
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Hiking

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.

Nathan Schaffer
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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.

Roseann Day
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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.

tit graz
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Hiking

Really nice hike with views on the city!

George M
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Hiking

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

megan needels
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Hiking

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).

Roger Ostrem
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Hiking

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.

Jose Castillo
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Nice scenic hike

Ted Gallup
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Hiking

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

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

Noa Bloch
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January 12. Lots of water falls.

Pat Shibe
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Solid loop trail with phenomenal views

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