Temelpa Trail

MODERATE 45 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1807 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful, quiet, narrow trail that offers increasingly spectacular views toward the summit. It is a consistent rocky incline with many uneven surfaces / loose rock that will challenge the undetermined hiker, but it's doable for a fit adult with sturdy shoes. I would not encourage bringing kids under 12 who aren't accustomed to serious uphill battles. My solo ascent took 1:10 from Summit trailhead to the junction w Verna Dunshee trail, only a few minutes more to the fire lookout. North of that junction on the VD trail, there's a short trail to a scenic overlook, which I'd recommend. Decent on the same route took 40 min.

hiking
25 days ago

I found this hike more challenging than expected for a moderately rated trail - it was vigorous at times and not for novice hikers. All but a 5 minute stretch is entirely uphill. The views at the top and along the way are beautiful and you feel accomplished when making the round trip!

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26 days ago

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1 month ago

With over 1500ft of elevation change, this is a tough rocky steep hike the whole way. That said it's got some absolutely beautiful vistas, and the reward of reaching the top is totally worth it. Visitors center with bathrooms and water fountains make for a pleasant surprise - but the area is busy with tourists, road / mountain bikers and other hikers. (Welcome back to civilization)

1 month ago

I would rate this moderate hard for even people who hike pretty often. Beautiful views along the trail and up top, but there are a lot of rocky sections that are hard on the knees and hips. Good thing is that there's a visitors center with water and a rest area right before the top, so it was a great rest. Would recommend definitely!!!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views all the way up, and even more rewarding at the top. I parked on Summit near the trail head, but if the few spots up there are taken, there are more scattered along the side of Summit heading down the mountain towards Mill Valley town. A strenuous climb upward that requires good hiking shoes. Definitely recommend going the extra 0.3 miles once you're at the welcome center up to the fire look out- you can see the other side of the mountain and enjoy lunch in the shade of the building. Enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

Great and streneous hike up to Mt. Tam. The hike up has a few mini-canyons that can be challenging to get solid footing. The views are wonderful, but if you're just doing it for the view, drive up to Mt. Tam instead and hike the 0.3 mi to the top.

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4 months ago

As described, the top of the peak offers fantastic views. Park on the side of Fern Canyon Rd at the intersection of Summit Ave and Fern Canyon Rd; there isn't a lot of space, only enough for about 3 cars.

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