Mt. Tamalpais State Park

  • Hiking
  • Picnic


  • Picnic
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Parking
  • Hiking


3801 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley, CA,
San Francisco Bay Area
Info: (415) 388-3653
7 am - sunset
On leash
Last Reviewed:
August 2017
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Just north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Tamalpais State Park rises majestically from the heart of Marin County. Its deep canyons and sweeping hillsides are cloaked with cool redwood forests, oak woodlands, open grasslands, and sturdy chaparral; most of it inaccessible to wheelchair rider’s. At East Peak there is a visitor center with information, snacks, and souvenirs, and a “gravity car barn” celebrates the old Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railway. Down below, the 3,750-person capacity Mountain Theater hosts outdoor plays and astronomy programs. Visitors may camp in several locations or stay in rustic cabins perched on a bluff at Steep Ravine and (on private property) at West Point Inn.

Trails and Pathways

Verna Dunshee Trail
Time to Complete:
30 minutes
Trailhead Location:
East Peak
Trail Length:
Under one mile total
Typical Width:
4 ft. & above
Typical Grade:
Typical Terrain:
Trail Overview:

This ¾ mile loop trail travels the perimeter of Mount Tamalpais’s 2,571-foot east peak affording stunning panaramic views of the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco Bay, the East Bay, Alpine & Bon Tempe Lakes and Mount Diablo

Accessibility Notes: The roadway down to the trailhead and restroom is steep but the ramp in front of the accessible parking has a gentle grade.


The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking:
Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%

Accessible Restroom:
Yes – Located by the Verna Dunshee trailhead at East Peak

Accessible Picnic Table:
Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance

Accessible Visitor Center:
Yes – Visitor Center and Gravity Barn are open on weekends.

Additional Information:

Steep Ravine cabins offer a nearby lodging option.

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