Picnics and Day Use

You don’t have to be a serious hiker to enjoy Mt Tam! Try these suggestions for “day use” in the park.

Get moving
Hiking and Bicycle Trails: More than 50 miles of trail are within the park and connect to a larger, 200-mile-long trail system. Bicyclists are challenged by the twisting road to the top of the park’s summit.


Bootjack Picnic Area, on the Panoramic Highway a quarter-mile northeast of Pantoll, has tables, stoves, piped drinking water and flush toilets. It accommodates up to 50 people.

The East Peak Summit features a visitor center that is usually only open on weekends. Picnic tables and fully accessible restroom are also available.

The Mountain Theater, officially the Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, was constructed out of natural stone by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. It holds 3,750 people and can be reserved for special events – David Kopler 415.898.4362. Each spring since 1913, the Mountain Play theatrical company has presented outdoor productions of Broadway musicals. For information on the Mountain Theater and its performances, contact the Mountain Play Association at 415.383.1100.

Accessible day use facilities

• The accessible Verna Dunshee Trail at East Peak offers fantastic views of the bay. Two accessible tables, accessible restrooms and drinking fountains are located near the access points of this half-mile loop trail. Accessible parking is near the picnic area by the trailhead. Routes of travel between the restroom, parking and picnic area are accessible.
• The Mountain Theater has a wheelchair platform on the right side of the theater. For further information, contact the Pantoll Ranger Station at 415.898.4362.
• The Mountain Play offers signed performances and descriptive services. American Sign Language interpretation is provided during the first three performances each season. Please call the Mountain Play Association at 415.383.1100 for dates and reservations.