Friends of Mt Tam
We are a volunteer organization working with Mt Tamalpais State Park to help you enjoy Mount Tam. We lead hikes, present astronomy programs, staff the Visitor Center and the Gravity Car Barn museum at East Peak, and much more. You can also visit the State Park website.
Friends of Mt Tam offers:
- Guided hikes, from easy strolls to rigorous multi-milers as well as moonlight and moonrise hikes.
- Astronomy nights April through October, with lectures by astronomers and space science professionals held in the Cushing Memorial Amphitheater (more commonly known as the Mountain Theater) immediately followed by a brief Night Sky Tour highlighting the prominent constellations, stars and planets visible in that night's sky. Continued viewing through telescopes takes place in the Rock Spring parking lot. Appropriate for for all ages and levels of knowledge from beginners to students to advanced amateurs.
- A Visitor Center at East Peak that is open weekend days, as is the Gravity Car Barn, a small museum commemorating the railroad that once climbed the mountain. Learn about the history, geology, flora, and fauna of Mt. Tam. You can also get trail advice and find maps and gifts.
How to get here: See maps and directions. Or, you can get to Mt Tam by public transportation – for the bus schedule, visit the West Marin Stage Coach website or call 415.526.3236.
Mountain Theater: Every spring (May 19, 26, June 2, 8, 9, 16) a professional theater group stages a musical on Mt Tam. Thousands of people make the Mountain Play a hike destination and occasion for a picnic with friends and family.
Join Friends of Mt Tam: We are always looking for more Mt Tam enthusiasts to lead hikes, assist at astronomy nights, staff the Visitor Center, staff the Gravity Car Barn, and help maintain the trails. Please join us!
Check for other information in the FAQ. If you can’t find the answer to your questions there, please contact us.