As a Bay Area resident, I love exploring the area and seeing everything nature has to offer. One recent Saturday morning, I awoke and decided it was the perfect day for yet another hike. As I headed to Muir Woods to wander under the giant Redwoods, I discovered upon arrival that it was packed and there was little room to park or enjoy the trails. After asking one of the park rangers for an alternative option, he suggested Mount Tamalpais, or "Mount Tam," as the locals call it.
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. The breathtaking panorama from Mount Tam’s 2,571-foot peak includes the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County Hills, San Francisco Bay, the East Bay, and Mount Diablo. On rare occasions, the snow-covered Sierra Nevada can be seen 150 miles away.
My hike that Saturday was not only incredibly peaceful and quiet, but I was also able to get an amazing perspective of the entire Bay Area from above. When you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, immerse yourself in the beautiful and nature that the Bay Area has to offer. Head up to Mount Tam, and absorb nature's wonders and the breathtaking 360 degree views.
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Written by:Daniel Whelan
Mountain Sports Brand Manager
Hiking Enthusiast, Yoga Lover