Verna Dunshee Trail and Plank Trail at Mount Tam East Peak

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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.

3 days ago

hiking
9 days 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
3 months ago

3 months ago

nice easy walk. bring money for parking

4 months ago

5 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
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

5 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

8 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
8 months ago

trail running
9 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
11 months ago

Amazing views! Easy hike. Go after 5pm

hiking
11 months ago

Saturday, March 19, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Sunday, July 19, 2015

hiking
Friday, September 12, 2014

Nice short trail at the East Peak of Mount Tamalpais. Views are gexpansive. There was a marine layer obscuring our view of San Francisco, so I have to remember to come back in November on a clear day (we came on a clear summer day). Start the loop to the right of the restrooms. The interpretive trail flyers are in a box there. We did the reverse and missed them altogether. Be sure to hike to the fire lookout before you leave. Parking at the trail head is $8.

hiking
Monday, February 03, 2014

best place in the bay area

hiking
Friday, January 31, 2014