November 14,  2013

Hike/Park Description:
Years ago we had taken this trail and finally decided to explore it once again as to it's suitability for our hiking group. In spite of the long drive, once on the trail we realized why this summit hike is so attractive. It has 350 degree world class views extending 200 miles on a clear day. Plus the last 10 or so miles driving up to the summit are fairly scenic. There are two trails. The upper, or Plank Walk trail is shorter, steeper, rougher and has access to the old overlook. The lower, or Verna Dunshee trail is longer, but is all paved for wheel chair access and easy walking. Neither are very long and can be done in an hour or so. But you'll want to take you time... if for no other reason than to catch your breath from the amazing views.

For an excellent 4 minute time-lapse video from the lookout, click here. 

Park information:
Park website: here
Map location: here
From 101 take Hwy 1 west towards Stinson beach and follow signs to Mt. Tamalpais. Approx.13 miles.

Trail information:
Trailhead starts 100' from the parking lot.
Park trail map: see Park website above.
GPS trail data here.

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:

NN=Non Native
Baccharis pilularis (Coyote Bush)
Centaurea calcitrapa (Napa Star Thistle)NN
Mimulus aurantiacus (Sticky Monkey Flower)
Umbellularia californica (Calif. Bay Tree)

Ferns & Allies Not Photographed:
Dryopteris arguta (Wood Fern)
Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens (Bracken Fern)