These congenial hikes usually finish before dark and include a short snack stop. Hikes are moderately paced, approximately 3 to 5 miles long, over uneven terrain and may have up to a 1500′ elevation gain. These hikes are NOT accessible for everyone. (See also Mt Tam hiking.)
Please note all hikes are led by Friends of Mt Tam volunteer hike leaders. Due to traffic conditions the early evening of the hike, or a last minute illness of the hike leader, hikes can be cancelled at the last minute. Please be on time.
When there is no hike scheduled check the website for last minute 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:
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.