Review: Mount Tamalpais State Park

mt. tamalpais

Panoramic Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 388-2070

Just north of Golden Gate Park sits the incredible Mount Tamalpais State Park, home to redwood forests, oak woodlands, 50 miles of trails, and a 2,571 peak. Climb to the top on your own two feet, or kick it up a notch on wheels. The twisting road to the summit might not scare Lance Armstrong, but be prepared for a rather challenging ride.

Whichever way you reach the summit, the reward is worth the effort. Soak up a little rarified sunshine, and enjoy stunning views of San Francisco, the glittering bay, and a beautiful landscape blanketed by redwoods.

Fun (and random) fact: Mt. Tam offers free Wi-Fi, available 150 to 200 feet away from the Ranger Station. That being said, we can’t imagine why one would want Wi-Fi in this incredible paradise. Instead, we recommend carting a picnic and enjoying it off the grid.

Read about other great views in the Bay Area.

Take Golden Gate Transit Bus 92 toward Manzanita. Get off in Marin City at Donahue and Terners and transfer to Marin Transit Bus 61 toward Brighton Avenue. Get off at Panoramic Highway and Pan Toll Road. (Visit for scheduling.)

Photo: John Lemieu

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A twenty-something Colorado native, Alison Kjeldgaard is an aspiring editor, avid reader, and obsessed tango dancer. She lived in Los Angeles for four years where she enjoyed running and lounging on the beach. She graduated in 2009 from Occidental College with two journalism internships under her belt, an English Literature degree, and a national economic crisis. Despite this, Alison has paid the bills working odd jobs and taking every chance she can to travel. So far, she has been to Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Austria, Costa Rica, and Argentina. Alison recently moved to San Francisco from Denver, and is a freelance writer with a love of hiking, biking, caving and gold panning. Check out her magazine at