Mount Tamalpais State Park is a phenomenal treasure of Marin County and for many reasons. The high elevation of the park offers far-reaching views of the Pacific where the Farallon Islands are visible, along with the San Francisco Bay and city itself, and rolling hills that meet with lush patches of redwood forests.
Eager to explore Mount Tamalpais for my first time, I decided I wanted to cover a lot of ground during my day trip to the park leading me and a buddy on a 9.5 mile hike. The first part of our hike was rainy and misty and much of the trails were muddy. I would suggest layering for this hike with waterproof gear as a key component of your ensemble as the area is known for its moist climate. Provided on the map below is the location where we parked and began the hike. It is the Pantoll Ranger Station Park HQ and is close to the the starting point of many hikes. All trails are marked, but I would highly recommend grabbing a map at the Ranger Station and highlighting your route as we frequently referenced it on our hike. From the Ranger Station, we crossed the street and headed off on the Matt Davis Trail which eventually lead to the Bolinas Ridge Trail. From there we took a left onto Willow Camp Fire Road which took us all the way down the mountain and into Stinson Beach. In town we mosied around occasionally looking at the map, but mostly admiring the beautiful neighborhood. At some point you'll make your way onto Highway One, which will take you to the Dipsea Trail leading back up the mountain. The Dipsea will continue up and lead to the Steep Creek Ravine Trail, eventually brining you back to the parking lot.
Matt Davis Trail and Bolinas Trail
Willow Camp Fire Road and Stinson Beach
Dipsea Trail and Steep Ravine Trail