The hikes depart on time. In the summer months pack at least three bottles of drinking water and a light lunch.
Hikes are led by trained FMT volunteers and are open to all. Due to traffic conditions the morning of the hike, or a last minute illness of the hike leader, hikes can be cancelled at the last minute.
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.
|Slower paced hike 3.5 to 5 miles with under a 1000′, elevation gain. For beginning hikers, senior hikers, and in-betweeners.|
Regular moderately paced, about 5 to 7 miles with up to 1500′ elevation gain.
7 to 9-1/2 miles, over hilly, rocky terrain, up to a 2,200′ elevation gain and are quick paced.
Challenging moderately paced hike, 10-18 miles, all terrain, more than 2000′ elevation gain.
|Friends of Mt Tam recommends you start out with an Easy hike, before going on a Moderate hike. Check this website for possible last minute changes.|
See also: Saturday Full-Moon Hikes
For hike calendar or a map of the trailheads see the right side bar.
For the latest West Marin bus schedule, call the Marin Stage Coach at 415.526.3239 or go to: www.marintransit.org/stage.html. Due to limited parking at many trailheads, please carpool or use bus service on weekends and holidays whenever possible
During rainy season, does rain cancel? The hike leader may or may not be at the trailhead. Some Hike Leaders live in the East Bay in Northern Marin or Petaluma. We don’t want the Hike Leaders driving to the Trailhead during a bad winter storm.
We’ll do our best to update the web site, but sometimes weather conditions can deteriorate at the last minute. Good judgment says, in a bad winter storm, heavy rain will cancel the Hike. But as we all know weather in one part of the Bay Area can differ greatly from other parts of the area. So use your best judgment when it is raining.
Important Safety Information
In case of emergency, call 911.
Check for fire closure updates
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.
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.