Mount Tamalpais via Matt Davis and Railroad Grade Trails

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Mount Tamalpais Watershed

Mount Tamalpais via Matt Davis and Railroad Grade Trails is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mill Valley, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,568 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

partially paved

views

wildlife

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. NOTE: As of April 2020, parking lot to the trailhead is closed. Please check the park website for more information.

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of shade in beginning of the trail, sunny and scenic spots towards the peak. Would recommend coming earlier to start the trail since a lot of parking is currently closed off. I had to park a mile away from the entrance of the trail.

Nice views, real steep, the top has drinking water.

walking
rocky
2 months ago

I would reccomend this trail to anyone trying to get there heart pumping.

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

Amazing views, trail has two big creeks, and trail is well kept. Our Dog had a blast but we pulled off at least a few ticks!

hiking
8 months ago

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.

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hiking
11 months ago

Not my favorite way up Mt Tam but generally enjoyable and enough incline mixed with nice walking.

hiking
Mon Feb 18 2019

So much to say about this hike. incredible. breathtaking. I was lucky to go on a ridiculously clear day. The incline up is consistent for the most part. I had to take a few breathers on the push to the Inn, and there's a sharp tilt just before the fire station parking lot, but agree with others that this is more moderate than hard. if you don't want to walk the 3-4 miles up, it turns out you can drive to the fire station and then walk a mile trail around the peak which is in itself extraordinary. I took the Matt Davis trail up--love the narrow, Rocky, rooty path without bikes--and the Fern Trail down--many stairs and creeks, which were beautiful but heavy on the knees. the fire roads are comfortable, but a lot of bikes so dogs really need to be close during those stretches. I'll bring so many visitors here!

hiking
Tue Jan 01 2019

One of my favorite trails on Mt. Tam. I generally start at the Firehouse on Pano Hwy and hike up Hogback, then take RR Grade up to Westpoint Inn for a panoramic view of the bay area. The Matt Davis Trail from Westpoint Inn back to the firehouse is an excellent narrow trail through the redwood forest hugging the side of the mountain. Lots of twists and turns and tree roots to step over. Excellent views on a clear, sunny day looking south and east. One of the best things about this trail is that it appears that there is very little poison oak growing on the sides!

hiking
Mon Nov 26 2018

Beautiful, more moderate than difficult. Lots of bike traffic but still a great experience.

Mon Oct 01 2018

This is a fabulous trail. This trail leads to the East Peak of Tamalpais, and the views of the entire Bay Area from here are spectacular. We made it up to the Fire Tower in less than 2 hours. You cannot go into the Fire Tower but you can clamber all around it to see 360 degrees of views. There is also a paved loop trail around the peak that is about 20 minutes and provides more great views (and is great access for strollers or handicapped folks from the parking area nearby). We started the hike at about 9:30 am on a Sunday and there was no problem finding parking along Panorama Highway. We got to the peak at 11:15 am which was perfect because the fog had just lifted and we had gorgeous clear skies. Highly recommended hike!!

hiking
Mon Jun 25 2018

One of the Bay Areas must-do hikes. Beautiful woodland areas hiking thru narrow crowded trees, bridge crossings and amazing views of the entire bay area from the top. At the top many people drive here. They are missing out, so much more to see. Dog friendly and typically cool temps on the coast when it is hot inland. Great three to four hour hike.

hiking
Sun Jun 03 2018

My favorite hike in the Bay Area. I liked that almost the entire Matt Davis trail was protected from the sun. The railroad grade trail was about 50% shade. The views are incredible and the elevation is gradual enough to not be too difficult for the amount you are climbing. I went down the Fern Trail on the way back as a shortcut it's steep enough to consider trekking poles and would be a really hard trail to go up. Lots of signs to keep your dog leashed. We had a coyote come right up to us although it was much smaller than my dog so I wasnt too worried. Dog didn't have any ticks after this hike which hasn't been the case with other North Bay hikes.

running
Thu Dec 28 2017

As good as it gets! I loved this trail. Beautiful views, nice mix of ups and downs, gorgeous wooded areas. I can’t wait to go back!

Mon Nov 06 2017

Great, peaceful hike with views from the parking lot most of the way up. Great variety and the westpoint inn is a lovely spot to stop for a rest and soak in the views from a rocking chair. Best part of this hike is that there’s two clean bathrooms along the way! On a Sunday afternoon, we saw a handful of other groups, but the trail still felt quiet. I would definitely rate this hike moderate, not hard. It wasn’t very steep.

hiking
Thu Sep 28 2017

Fantastic hike. Pass several waterfalls, redwood groves, amazing staircases. Opens up to some perfect views to photograph. The last staircase to the fire tower, is beautiful. Opted to walk down the stair case trails otwb and there were amazing views to reward you for that choice. Stopped both times at the West Point inn. Nice to sit on the patio and watch the hummingbirds at the feeder. Some times seven at a time! Food and snacks at the inn are on honor system, so bring a few $'s in case you want tea or soup or something. Rewarding hike.

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