Today is my son’s birthday, so this post is in his honor, because it’s something he loves to do and has done many times. It’s an activity for the many local biking aficionados, and also for those who come to Marin just for the challenge and the beauty of our terrain. It’s biking up Mt. Tam (Mt. Tamalpais for the uninitiated), and it’s no small feat.
Biking up Mt. Tam can start from a variety of points, but the route I’m talking about starts in Mill Valley, from the corner of Miller and Montford Avenues (you know, the one where the 2AM Club is) proceeding up Montford to Molino to Edgewood to Sequoia Valley as if you’re heading to Stinson Beach. You then arrive at Panoramic Highway, and the view opens up dramatically with marvelous vistas to the west over Muir Woods National Monument out to the Pacific Ocean. It feels like you’ve come a long way, but you’ve only completed a tad over 2 miles at this point.
You’ve got another 8.9 miles ahead of you, turning right and heading west-northwest on Panoramic Highway and then turning right (north) on PanToll Road and finally heading back east up Ridgecrest Boulevard (not at all a boulevard but a simple 2-lane road) all the way up to the East Peak of Mt. Tam.
The panoramic view of the Bay Area from the top is glorious and includes Mt. Diablo to the east, San Francisco to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. But, the best part is going back, because it’s mainly downhill and, what a ride!!!
- Start: Corner of Miller and Montford Avenues, Mill Valley, CA 94941
- End: Mt. Tamalpais East Peak