Marin County sits just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. It is home to beautiful, natural beauty including Mount Tamalpais (aka Mt. Tam) & the famous Muir Woods. You can also find the Marin Headlands there with its incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s easy to fall into a routine of hanging out at home, but when beauty like this is just a bridge away, sometimes you just have to lace up those sneakers and head out! We hit the trails with some good friends on a gorgeous Saturday morning.
The trails are all remarkably well marked, but I recommend plotting out your path before heading up. There are a lot of choices in varying levels of difficulty. Check out the California State Parks website for info & guides.
Tips for Hiking Mount Tamalpais:
Pack tons of water. I didn’t have a Camelbak at the time. I do now!
Carpool & leave early! Parking is not friendly. There are a few tiny lots, but mostly people are wedged on the side of the road.
Wear sunscreen! It is deceptively cold & foggy in the woods at the bottom of the trail. Don’t be fooled! It is crazy sunny & hot once you emerge from the fog on your hike up.
Some of the vegetation on the way up is worth the hike! It looks like something from another world!
Once you reach the top, you are rewarded with those stunning views! Look at all that heavy fog that you just hiked up from!
You can see all of the way to Angel Island, another must stop in the Bay Area!
The thing is, after soaking in those gorgeous views from the top of Mount Tam, you still have to head back down! The hike back had me asking, did I really hike that???
Take a peek down at the windy road that some cyclists were braving.
At least you are rewarded with pretty little sights on your way down.
You can’t tell, but right over that ridge is the Pacific Ocean & Stinson Beach. You can hike all the way there on the Dipsea Trail. It runs 7 miles from Muir woods, over Mount Tamalpais, and over 676 steps. There is an annual race that runs the Dipsea trail for the super fit crowd. What do you think? Would you run it?