Temelpa Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly 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.
Trail from Summit Ave to East Peak. This is a moderately difficult climb of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California. The top offers an incredible view of the surrounding landscape, this is one of the best views in the Bay Area. The climb is short but has a large elevation gain during the hike.
Challenging switchbacks, trail is challenging in parts as it seems more like a dried out creek bed. Descent was hard at times because of this. Amazing views and great challenge! Tam is a gem!
One of my favorite Bay Area trails- beautiful view at the top and gets your heart rate up. Plus, you don't have to fight for parking like you do at dipsea or mt tam. Steep incline for about half the way up, but then pretty easy.
This is a steady climb with with several flat switchbacks near the top. Some exposure with long stretches of shade. Loose rock and dirt in sections. I parked just below the trailhead. Spectacular views.
If you're not a regular hiker the start will get your lungs pumping, but worth it for the variety of views and lunch spot at the top.
Since it was a Saturday in a historically crowded spot (Mount Tamalpais,) my father and I decided to venture up a less trafficked loop in Temelpa Trail, then complete the loop by heading down a fire road. This was an amazing hike for a variety of reasons, one being you can take your pet on this trail and tire him/her out very quickly.
The trailhead is not marked with gates or maps, just a sign indicating you're going up the correct trail. Parking is scarce. There's one spot a few feet away from the trailhead that can house one car, with another ~50 feet further up the road that can house two cars. There is also strategic parking along the side of Summit Road, but beware that it may be difficult to find space for your car.
Right off the bat, the trail offers an amazing view of Richmond, blanketed by fog in the morning. The first leg is well marked and includes steps to help with the elevation gain. After the first leg, you have a triple junction. The ones off to the left and right are fire roads, while the one in the middle resembles a dried-up, rocky creek. Guess which one this one heads up on!
You'll begin sweating heavily by the time you reach the switchbacks. It'll be hot- 80-85 in the summer- with little shade. It's worth it, however, because you get an amazing view of Richmond, Mount Diablo, and a thick blanket of fog covering the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. The climb will make your calves feel fiery (along with your upper legs, depending on your pace.) Eventually, you'll reach a paved road that leads to the summit.
Heading down, I took a connector to Wheeler Trail. It's [connector trail] marked on the map as an established trail, but it's incredibly narrow with loose rocks. Worse yet, if you fall, you could land on one of the various cockleburs spread throughout the trail. I fell and got a handful of them embedded in my palm. Hurts, but it's part of hiking. The descent on this trail (check my uploaded track to see which trail; I added waypoint) is treacherous when combined with the loose rocks and the washout.
We reached Wheeler trail. The descent is moderate with a few switchbacks and would be very good practice for a casual walker. Bonus: there's a large creek with a trickle of running water (added waypoint for that, too) that you can use to wash the dried sweat off your face. Felt amazing. At the end, we merged back onto Temelpa Trail and completed one of the best hikes in the Bay Area.
Lunch: I recommend stopping by Tony Tutto's Pizza on the way back. Vegan options and very healthy, tasty pizza with various salads and beverages available. One of the best post-hike lunches I've had this year. Have fun hiking, I heavily recommend this trail!
Awesome high peak trail. Lots of elevation gain - not for the casual walker. The better the shoe the better - doing this trail with thin sneakers would have been difficult as there's a lot of rock slides.
We arrived around 10:30 AM while the layer of fog was covering the first half of the trail. Once this burned off it was definitely hot. The first part of the trail has decent elevation gain and is a nice quiet hike. The further up you go when other trails feed in there are quite a few more people you will run into. Don't forget to grab some lunch on the way in at Whole Foods in Mill Valley! Awesome hike but I give it 4/5 due to large crowds at the top.