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Mount Tamalpais State Park

Mount Tamalpais

Mount Tamalpais State Park (commonly called Mount Tam) is located just North of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge in beautiful Marin County. Mount Tamalpais is a great place to go near San Francisco for great rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking. The 2,571 foot elevation gives outdoor enthusiasts unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco, and the North and East Bay Areas.

There are several different rocks to climb with many routes perfectly suited for both beginner rock climbing and intermediate climbing. If you want to learn how to rock climb at Mount Tam, be sure to check out the many rock climbing lessons that we offer.

The rock at Mount Tamalpais is mineral serpentine, resulting in very featured rock and cracks perfect for learning and practicing many climbing techniques. Rock height ranges from 40-60 feet, ranging from fun slabs to exciting roofs! Even with such great rock climbing, it is rare to see many other climbers. You can purchase the guidebook Rock Climbing the San Francisco Bay Area from your local Outback Adventures Store.

Hikers and mountain bikers are a common sight on Mount Tam due to the extensive trails and exciting terrain. There are over 200 miles of trails covering the State Park's 6,300 acres, and the nearby Muir Woods National Monument is another popular destination.

A short, but steep drive from highway 101 takes you almost to the top of the mountain, and provides for a short hike to the rocks. The East Peak summit parking lot features running water, a restroom, and even a refreshment stand (usually open on weekends, and every day during the summer). For detailed directions to Mount Tamalpais, please see one of our many rock climbing classses and view the trip details page.

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