Mount Tamalpais State Park Hoo-Koo-E-Koo and Old Railroad Grade Loop Trail California

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Mount Tamalpais State Park is a California state park, located in Marin County, California. The primary feature of the park is the 2,571 feet Mount Tamalpais.

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May 31, 2023
Wonderful views of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Mountain road and sharp curves to get to the top - worth the drive. Full review by Homecroft56
May 24, 2023
It's a fairly long drive to this state park, with a nice view of San Francisco Bay. There is an observatory at the top, but the road there was closed. We stopped at a turnout an took some nice photos… Full review by Davigeta
Jan 30, 2023
Visited on a sunny Saturday this January. Amazing views from the East Peak. The state park map is large, so I was a bit overwhelmed on where to go. I would advise driving to two places, the East Peak… Full review by Grace C

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Hi, we are planning a day trip to Mount Tamalpais State Park. Interested in scenery and any short walks/hikes (2-3 …
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Hi, we are planning a day trip to Mount Tamalpais State Park. Interested in scenery and any short walks/hikes (2-3 miles) to see wildflowers.Any suggestions?
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You are fast approaching God's annual wildflower show. Mt. Tam is filled with trails, and a map is usually available at the ranger station. Even on foggy days, you can usually reach …
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You are fast approaching God's annual wildflower show. Mt. Tam is filled with trails, and a map is usually available at the ranger station. Even on foggy days, you can usually reach the sun well before the summit. Dress in layers. It can be quite chilly, but warmer in sunny areas that are out of the wind. Have fun!
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Hi Curt, great photos! Do you remember where you got these amazing vistas? Was it on the road to Bolinas you mentioned?
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No, it was on the Cataract Trail. The road to Bolinas is also very scenic, and I encourage exploring that too. I was fortunate to go at a time when we were having record rainfall.
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Here is my question: If you only had time to visit one, Muir Woods or Mt. Tam. which would you choose? Thanks for …
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Here is my question: If you only had time to visit one, Muir Woods or Mt. Tam. which would you choose? Thanks for taking the time to answer.
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Mount Tam for sure.
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Hi Guys, I want to park at the visitor center in the early morning so that I can catch the sunrise from the East peak. Can I …
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Hi Guys, I want to park at the visitor center in the early morning so that I can catch the sunrise from the East peak. Can I access the Visitor center parking lot before the center opens as long as I have cash? Just want to ensure that I can park there early. Thank you
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Or you could drive up to the "back end" by the Mountain View Inn and park for free. Great sunrises from there as well.
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Hi there. I will be in SF this Sunday (Jan 24), arriving late in the day, and before heading south to Pacific Grove and then …
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Hi there. I will be in SF this Sunday (Jan 24), arriving late in the day, and before heading south to Pacific Grove and then further south on Highway 1, I'd like to spend Monday hiking/touring north of SF. Ideally, I would somehow get in Muir Woods, Mt Tam, Sausalito and a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. What would you suggest be my itinerary on Monday to best experience these? I will be driving from SF by car. My understanding is that Muir Woods parking lots get crowded, so best to come as early as possible. So I was thinking: 1) get to Muir Woods early (park opens at 8am, get to parking lot by 7:30ish?). How much time to spend here? 2) M Tam - what is the best way to experience? Drive? Hike? Which trails best to drive or hike? 3) Sausalito - park and explore, then cross the bridge as far as can and walk back. Aim to to do this around sunset time, which is a 5:25PM on Monday 4) head back to SF Please let me know what you think - thanks!
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Greetings, If you are agreeable to hike the "back end" of Muir woods you can skip the main entrance (and save on the admission fee) if you drive up toward Mount Tam and park …
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Greetings, If you are agreeable to hike the "back end" of Muir woods you can skip the main entrance (and save on the admission fee) if you drive up toward Mount Tam and park in the vicinity of the Mountain Home Inn 810 Panoramic Highway Mill Valley,CA 94941 a Great place to stay btw. There is an entrance to one of the Muir woods trails right across the street. I walked here late in the day and it was awesome. As to Mt Tam, I drove into the main lot, parked and hiked the short trail up to the observatory for a spectacular view. Did this early morning so I could experience being above the clouds. There is at least one other trail from the parking lot that I did not have time to explore. Others said it was an easy walk. Consider then driving down to the town center and visiting one of the parks that abut the Pacific Ocean. And God bless you if you can walk over the GG bridge, the heights on Mt Tam were enough for me! Have fun.
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