Mount Tamalpais

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Headed up to Mount Tamalpais from Stinson Beach. Photo: Jeff Hester

2020 Mount Tamalpais BadgeMount Tamalpais stands guard over the San Francisco Bay, standing tall to the north in Marin County. The 2,571' peak has long been a favorite hiking destination, but what better way to make it a real challenge than starting at sea level?

This route begins and ends in the sleepy seaside town of Stinson Beach, starting up the famous Dipsea Trail before veering up Steep Ravine and eventually taking the old stagecoach road to the summit.

Did you know?

The fire lookout at Mount Tam is still actively used and it's staffed by trained volunteers.

Mount Tamalpais Basics

  • Summit elevation: 2,571' (784 m)
  • Vertical gain: 2,771'
  • Hiking mileage: 15 miles
  • Location: Mount Tamalpais State Park

Hiking Mount Tamalpais from Stinson Beach

This trail opened up in the fall of 2017, and has been very well engineered and built. It's a pleasure to hike up. Go early to beat the crowds and get the best chance of spotting wildlife along the way.

Trail Guides

Here are detailed trail guides to give you the information you need about each route:

Travel Time

  • Drive time from San Francisco: 1 hour (23 miles)
  • Drive time from Oakland: 1 hour, 5 minutes (35 miles)
  • Drive time from San Jose: 1 hour, 45 minutes (75 miles)
  • Get turn-by-turn directions on Google Maps

Local Tips

  • No fees for parking or permits required.
  • The parking lot fills up on the weekends, but you'll be getting an early start on this, so it shouldn't be an issue.
  • After the hike, stop at The Siren Canteen on Stinson Beach. It is literally on the beach, in the same building as a life guard tower.

Latest Mount Tamalpais Trip Reports

These hike logs will give you a feel for what the current conditions are, and the experience from other Six-Pack of Peaks challengers.

Beautiful views

By Holly | October 4, 2020

Mt Tam – Very Early

By Allison Nunes | September 30, 2020

Mt. Tam on Labor Day

By Janee | September 7, 2020

Mt Tamaulipas thru the smoke

By Jeremy | September 3, 2020

Stinson to Mt. Tam

By Mehmet | August 30, 2020

Number 2 of 6

By Ricardo | August 17, 2020

Bay Area 360 degree views

By Viktoriya | August 16, 2020

Steamy heat on Tam

By Madeline Prager | August 14, 2020

Mt. Tamalpais (3 of 6)

By Itzel | August 8, 2020

Hike Above The Clouds

By June | August 8, 2020

View all Mount Tamalpais trip reports.

2020 NorCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge
The Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

This hike is part of the Northern California Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge, a series of challenging hikes up six, diverse and scenic Bay Area mountains. Sign-up to take the challenge today! 


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