Mount Tamalpais State Park, Mill Valley

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North of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Tamalpais rises majestically from the heart of Marin County. Mount Tamalpais captures our attention with its sweeping hillsides cloaked with chaparral-covered ridges, grasslands, and oak woodlands. Deep canyons filled with solemn redwood groves intersect these ridges and slopes to create a diverse environment for a wide array of plant and animal species.

The breathtaking panorama from Mount Tamalpais' 2,571-foot peak includes the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to the sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco Bay, the East Bay, and Mount Diablo.

Spring and summer temperatures are warm, with average highs in the 70s and 80s. Fall and winter can be cool, with temperatures in the 50s; fog is common.

The park has approximately 60 miles of trails, picnic areas, 2 tent-only campgrounds, a group campground, a horse campground, and cabins for rent. Camping and fires are permitted only in designated areas. Horses and bicycles are allowed only on fire roads and posted hiking trails. Leashed dogs are allowed ONLY on paved roads in developed areas, family campgrounds and picnic areas. Dogs must be confined to a tent or vehicle at night.

The park is open everyday from 7AM to sunset. Check in at the Pantoll parking lot for further info and maps.
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  • We drove to the view point parking lot and took the short hike (1.2 mile loop) up to the top where you can see the Gardner fire tower. The tower is at 2,571 ft. You can’t go in the building but you ca...  more »
  • ~ mountain bikers dream with bike bars to boot in Fairfax / base of mountain ~ hikers beauty all side of mountain trails, try alpine dam trail FFX, lake district or Bolinas ridge trails and west point...  more »
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  • Endless trails. Best at sunrise and sunset. Amazing views towards the sea and the city. Good for hiking and biking.
  • Cool area, lots of little campgrounds around if that's your thing. I think most of them only charge about $4 a night. Unfortunately they don't have any free camping, and don't take kindly to just setting up in the woods. Be sure to hit up Meir woods if you visit.

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