Mt. Tamalpais State Park has wonderful trails, campgrounds and picnic areas that are perfect places to visit any time, but especially right now with the warm weather and clear skies to enjoy the vistas. Plus, the abundance of rain has kept the dust down and the vegetation green.
I recommend starting your planning at the ranger station at the Pantoll Campground. This station is the main one for the entire park, and has rangers to answer questions and give advice and trail maps for hikers and campers. There are also public restrooms and a water fountain.
You can combine a number of trails to form loops that return to the parking lot here and can vary them by length and strenuousness. The ranger and trail maps will give you the information you need about each trail.
If you’re interested in camping, go online to make reservations, as they get reserved pretty far in advance.
There is a large parking lot here, with a daily fee of $8.00/vehicle. There are also picnic tables right along the edge of the parking lot, which are handy if you’ve brought food and want to eat before you hike.
Where: Panoramic Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (map)