Explore the wonder and beauty of Mt. Tamalpais at night under a full moon.Wear layers, sturdy shoes, bring a small flashlight and water. All hikes leave from Pantoll Parking Lot, are about 2 miles long, last about 2 hours and are led by Rob Ross at 415.716.8397. Time listed is approx.,hike departure time 15 min.after Sunset. Number on these hikes is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. “There is an energy up there that’s palpable and it’s really beautiful. Very cool. Come see for yourself” Rob Ross. (See also Mt Tam hiking.)
Please note all hikes are led by Friends of Mt Tam volunteer hike leaders. Due to traffic conditions the evening of the hike, or a last minute illness of the hike leader, hikes can be canceled at the last minute.
Of course, you are advised to periodically check this web site for some last minute hike schedule changes as they are received.
For detailed information on what to bring and be aware of, especially for your first hike on Mt. Tam, see the “Helpful Hiking Tips“, section of this website.
When there is no hike scheduled check the website, there is always a chance one has been scheduled at the last minute. For a complete quarterly PDF hike schedule or a map of the trailheads see the left side bar.
Due to limited parking at many trailheads, please carpool whenever possible.
During rainy season, does rain cancel? The hike leader will be at the trailhead and make that decision based on the present conditions and the weather forecast. Sometimes during inclement weather the official hike is cancelled and an alternate unofficial hike is offered instead. Or the group just decides to go have breakfast. Good reason to carry, share your # and use your cell phone, so you can ask or be informed during changing conditions.
The latest fire closure information can be obtained by calling the Marin County Fire Dept. recording 415.499.7191. In the event of a Mt. Tamalpais fire closure, all hikes from Trojan Point, Bootjack, Laurel Dell, Rock Spring and East Peak trailheads will instead start from the Pantoll Ranger Station parking lot.
In case of emergency, please call 911.
Important Safety Information:
If the upper mountain is closed due to fire danger:
Hikes from Bootjack, Laurel Dell, Rock Spring, Trojan Point and East Peak will start Pantoll and will stay below Panoramic Highway.
Prepare for summer heat:
It gets very hot out there in July and August. If you are on medication it can intensify the heats affects. Always wear a full coverage hat. Do not drink coffee that morning. Stay very relaxed, look for shade and take it easy!
Sneakers, Tennis Shoes, Sandals and Running Shoes are definitely not recommended for Mt.Tam hiking, due to the steep, extremely rocky and root covered trails. Sturdy, hard soled, mid to high cut Hiking boots are needed.
If the hike leader is sick:
Check the website for last minute updates. Due to a last minute illness of a hike leader, or due to unpredictable road or traffic conditions, or not being able to find a replacement leader, a hike leader may not be able to make it to the hike. In that case, hikers are advised to seek information at Pantoll Kiosk.