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Temelpa Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mill Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,781 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

forest

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

no dogs

As of May 2020, the watershed remains open to the public, with some restrictions, for recreational use daily from sunrise to sunset due to COVID-19. 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. 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
10 days ago

It is still CLOSED

Went on a rainy day and the descend can get a bit difficult if there is water!

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Lovely hike. Challenging in some parts but not too hard, especially if you’re used to hiking. Some rocks going up and a lot of nice switch backs. Partly shaded. The summit is busy since it’s almost driveable but worth the views. Had a clear day and could see SF and the surrounding areas. Walk around the Verna Dunshee trail up top (paved) to get views on all sides and climb up to fire tower. With a half hour break for lunch it took me 2 1/2 hours to complete.

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rocky
scramble
7 months ago

hiking
scramble
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome trail and a super workout. Great views. Parking is limited so be aware. It starts steadily uphill but it is after the first intersection that the trail starts showing it’s true nature. The trails can get very hot on a sunny September day. The trail is very uneven so both good hiking shoes and some poles are good to have. It just keeps on going uphill until the switchbacks, where it gets little less steep. Great views all throughout this trail. Most of the trail is exploded but you do find shade often. Get enough water. You can refill it above. On the way back can also be challenging at some spots. Hiking poles do help. Didn’t see any snakes this time. Definitely a great workout.

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

Holy smokes what a trail Taking this from the Temelpa Trailhead to East Peak will be the only workout you need all day Insanely steep at many sections, super loose footing with gravel/leaf fall everywhere There is something about the closed in section of Temelpa that really traps the heat in the single track Although there is some shade along the route, be ready for lots and lots of water, and trekking poles will be your friend here!

hiking
8 months ago

not terribly technical but the ascent is very strenuous. trekking poles were a life saver on the descent. trail is narrow is spots due to foliage and some areas of the trail have been carved deep by water. no signs of snakes today

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bugs
9 months ago

Your calves will look great after climbing this steep mountain. Lots of loose and uneven rocks. Bring a sweater if you’re hiking in the winter, hat and sunscreen during the summer months. The views are definitely worth it though!

hiking
9 months ago

Not many trails like this in the area Steep is the best word to use here. Its a dry creek bed, so tons of loose rocks, but due to the steepness it can really become a challenge Many sections are extremely exposed, so if you have a large fear of heights be warned of this, and be sure to bring plenty of water. There are fountains at the top for resupply The views are unbeatable, and I love that most mornings will have a decent cloud coverage to add to the drama of the view Be ready for a great challenge, and be ready to possibly lose your footing once or twice on the loose rocks

recorded Temelpa Trail

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rocky
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Great cardio both on the way up and down, great views along the way. Rattlesnake along the trail on the way up, beware.

hiking
no shade
rocky
washed out
9 months ago

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bugs
no shade
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

Hike with beautiful views, but watch out for the horseflies. They were super aggressive and I've got some nice big red spots all over from their bites. It might have just been because it was a nice, sunny day, but you have been warned.

hiking
scramble
9 months ago

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bugs
no shade
rocky
9 months ago

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Love this trail. Reminded us of hiking in Delphi, Greece! WARNING: we met a very active rattlesnake on our way down from the summit, around 5:30pm August 4, 2019. Her black and yellow body was roughly 3 feet from mine; she was coiled around a low-growing manzanita plant overgrowing the trail. The snake noticed us and began to rattle and hiss. We slowly backed away and the snake did not strike. This rattlesnake was very much blocking our path, and since the path is very narrow, there was no other option than to back away and hope the rattlesnake would reconsider her position and slide away. Thankfully, she did, and we passed by safely. Let this serve as a reminder that nature is full of dangerous things, and a rattlesnake bite can disable you within half an hour. We're going to carry a snakebite kit from now on!

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bugs
rocky
scramble
washed out
10 months ago

Fantastic trail for views and physical training. Very rough, rocky, washed out terrain at steep inclines. Some spots with lots of flies and mosquitos. Did this in a 20lb weight vest plus backpack with water and it took me roughly 1.5 hours both ways, with a 30 minute break at the summit for a snack, water, and photos. Hiking boots recommended, but not required as I did this in some Merrell Trail Gloves without issue aside from the occasional slip on the unsteady loose rock terrain.

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