NileGuide Expert Says:
There's no better view of the Bay than from the top of Mt. Tam
3801 Panoramic Highway, Mill Valley, CA, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
While all Mount Tam hikes are exceptional, we are partial to those that begin at Pantoll Station, as they lead to the lushest parts of the mountain; the one considerable drawback of starting from there, and not East Peak Station, is missing out on mountaintop views.
From its exposed 2,751-foot peak boasting panoramic views of the Bay Area to the redwood-, fir-, and oak- sheltered hiking and mountain biking trails meandering down to its base, Mount Tamalpais State Park is a paragon of Northern California natural beauty. Home to over 73 native plant species and a host of wildlife, Mount Tam is the ideal place to bask in the great outdoors. After all, visitors can not only hike or bike, but also go horseback riding or camping; overnight cabins are onsite and two quaint inns are nearby to provide more comfort to those who aren't crazy about tents. Although nature is the main attraction at Mount Tamalpais State Park, locals also hike in with a picnic to attend the annual springtime open-air Broadway revival performance at the Mountain Theater, which has natural-stone amphitheatre seating.