Mountain Theater, West Point Inn, and Mount Tamalpais Loop

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Mountain Theater, West Point Inn, and Mount Tamalpais Loop is a 8.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
8.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1886 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Explore the remnants of a bygone era on the slopes of Mt Tamalpais. This 9 mile loop takes in many of the park's best features, from sweeping grassland and redwood groves, to the remains of the old Mt Tamalpais Scenic Railway and the buildings and features that still remain. There's a way up Mt. Tamalpais for everyone whether you're a biker, hiker, driver or equestrian. Opt for the easy drive-up option and you'll be taking the third of a mile plank-walk to the rocky summit and some of the best views in the bay area, but you'd be missing out on the opportunity to experience some really great Marin hiking trails.

1 day ago

Beautiful hike. Took me 5 hours. The Fern Creek trail is steep so if you want to go down it (rather than up) then go clockwise and start with the Old Mine trail. I really appreciated the clean bathrooms along the way :) Mt Tam is awesome

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24 days ago

While we did cut this hike a tad short to avoid darkness, all I could think after reaching the top was “Why would anyone choose Mt Diablo over this?”

Mt. Tam appears to be better in every way. It’s was challenging but not frustratingly difficult, the trail is far more lush (and somehow less overgrown and generally better maintained), you encounter streams and tiny waterfalls multiple times, and the views are just...stunning. Diablo may be taller, but it doesn’t hold a candle to this hike.

This should be one of your must-do hikes if you have a limited time in the Bay Area.

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1 month ago

Loved this trail. Loads of variety, great views throughout and East Peak is pretty spectacular. My favourite on Mt. Tam for sure

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2 months ago

Excellent hike. Park at Pantol then do the 9 mile loop clockwise. Great open vistas with panoramic views plus deep forest sections plus must see places: Mountain Theater, West Point Inn and East Peak. Very steep 1/2 mile section on Fern Creek Trail just before the East Peak parking lot will provide a workout. This hike really showcases the mountain. Hiking time: 4 hrs.

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3 months ago

Loved it...took fern creek down from east peak then railroad to Matt Davis.....added another mile...pantoll to peak and back took 5 hrs

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5 months ago

A very cool trail. Climbed above the clouds that covered San Francisco city and got a 360 degree birds view from 2700ft tall. The best part is the east peak. The views are spectacular with lush trees spreading on mountain ranges with beautiful clouds veils. Saw some animals such as deer and geckos. lots of shades along the trail. could also see spotted mini waterfalls. Creeks r playing melodic songs along the way. Definitely will be back!Enjoyed it a lot!

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Sunday, October 30, 2016