Mount Tamalpais State Park
41 locals recommend ·
Why locals recommend it
One of the most famous routes within the Marin trail-running community is a run from Mill Valley to the 2,572-foot summit of Mt. Tam’s east peak. It’s one of the few trails in Marin with a lot of climbing on technical, rocky terrain, so it’s not for the fainthearted. Views of Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Alcatraz, East Bay, and SF make it worth it, though. Start at Old Mill Elementary School and follow Summit Ave. until it merges with Fern Canyon Rd., which becomes Old Railroad Grade. That becomes Fern Creek Trail, which will take you to the peak. Make sure to touch the wooden door of the fire lookout when you reach the top—it’s tradition.
Tips from locals
This large state park is right here in Marin County with loads of activities including camping, hiking, mountain bike riding, horseback riding, fishing, etc. Nature at its best with incredible views in every direction.
Stunning vistas of San Francisco from the summit of Mount Tamalpais. Take the Highway 1 exit from 101 and follow Highway 1 to Panoramic Highway. Turn right (a very sharp turn) onto Panoramic. When you see Pantol Campround, turn right onto Pantol Rd. Then, turn right on East Ridgecrest Rd and…
Our beautiful backdrop is Mt. Tam! Take a trip to the top to enjoy a view of the Bay Area! Many hiking trails for all level hikers. The Mountain Play runs for six Sundays in May and June in the Outdoor Amphitheater displaying the best in musical theater.
great views, easy access during the week, trails all the way down to the beach. Check out the Dipsea and Matt Davis trail
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“Northgate Shopping Mall is about half a mile down the street with a variety of casual and fast food eateries. Paneras, Mexican, Roadside BBQ and BJ's are just a few. There is also a Peet's Coffee and frozen yogurt along with a Movie Theatre. A CVS and Walgreens are also in that vicinity.”
- 12 locals recommend
“A great place to stop after a trip--to the Wine Country, Muir Woods, Mount Tam or Sausalito--for a great cocktail and fabulous food. 1/3 of the seating is NOT reserved, so if you're willing to wait, you can always get a table. Not cheap.”
- 55 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Nearest big grocery store. Go east on Lucas Valley Road and right on Las Gallinas. 8 minutes away by car. It is in a strip mall called Northgate One. ”
- 3 locals recommend
“Great veggie sandwiches and light breakfasts, croissants/ people trolling, heart of mill valley, lots of newspapers to read if you feel like it. good vibe”
- 34 locals recommend
“Every Thursday evening 6-9 pm. Buy local, support local. Lots of fun. Several blocks are closed down to traffic and opened up to pedestrians and farmer's market shopping.”
- 6 locals recommend