Verna Dunshee Trail and Plank Trail at Mount Tam East Peak

EASY 25 reviews

Verna Dunshee Trail and Plank Trail at Mount Tam East Peak is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
295 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

no dogs

Parking is available near the trailhead. Drive close to the summit.

hiking
2 days ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I've been on. We went in the morning right before the sun come up and I highly recommend. The colors in the sky and the fog were out of this world. You get 360 views of the valley and of San Francisco. It is a relatively easy hike, the road to get to the top is pretty windy.

hiking
18 days ago

walking
1 month ago

If you go on a weekend, have cash for parking. Easy trail with great view of East Bay, SF, and the coast. There's a lookout area that's great for photos. Very flat trail, not intense at all. I saw a guy with a scooter kind of thing for his knee.

walking
1 month ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Drove up Mt. Tam to the East Peak to get out of the heat in late July. Trail was fairly crowded but view was awesome from up top. Lots of bikers going up. Easy trails to the top from the parking area.

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

7 months ago

Very easy loop around east peak. We went off trail a few times to climb onto some of the boulders before we went up to east peak. Great place for a beautiful panoramic view.

hiking
7 months ago

This is the top portion to several of the trails. Paved. Great views.

7 months ago

7 months ago

I wish we would've known that there is an $8 parking fee that you have to pay on your own (ie, no change and no ATM). Otherwise, a nice easy hike. paved all the way around so it seems to be handicap accessible

10 months ago

Hiked this over a hundred times and still sometimes get lost. Pay attention to road signs and trail signs so you don't get lost!

walking
10 months ago

trail running
11 months ago

The Verna Dunshee trail is a paved trail that gives you a unique 360 degree view of the area. We took a detour to descend onto the Temelpa trail for about 1/2 mile, then ran back up. Overall a nice trail, if a bit touristy.

We enjoyed the smaller but steeper Plank Trail better. Once you reached the top, be sure to explore behind the fire lookout, there are some skinny trails and even better views back there.

Bring exact change for the $8 parking fee - you just stuff it into a registration envelope. We only had a $10 bill so we went with that.

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Amazing views! Easy hike. Go after 5pm

hiking
Friday, May 27, 2016

Saturday, March 19, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Sunday, July 19, 2015