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 canceled at the last minute. All hikes are scheduled to begin at 9:30 am from the trailhead location indicated. Please be on time. (See also Mt Tam hiking.)
In the event that the designated leader is not at the trailhead listed, it is recommended hikers seek advice at the Pantoll Ranger Station Information Kiosk or the East Peak Visitor Center where trail maps can also be purchased or seen on displays. Of course, you are advised to periodically check this web site for some last minute hike schedule changes as they are received.
For the latest West Marin bus schedule, call the Marin Stage Coach at www.marintransit.org/stage.htmlor go to
|Slower paced hike 3.5 to 5 miles with under a 1000′, elevation gain. For beginning hikers, senior hikers, and in-betweeners.|
|7 to 9-1/2 miles, over hilly, rocky terrain, up to a 2,200′ elevation gain and are quick paced.|
|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.|
When there is no hike scheduled check the website for updates, 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.
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 or a does not show:
Check website for any 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.