Just north of the Golden Gate Bridge is Mount Tamalpais State Park, a popular hiking area and home of some of the best views ... More
Mount Tamalpais State Park
Just north of the Golden Gate Bridge is Mount Tamalpais State Park, a popular hiking area and home of some of the best views of the Bay Area. There are many hikes over varied terrain, including oak and douglas fir forest, vast grasslands and the distinctive red manzanita trees. The views of the Pacific are jaw-dropping - once the fog has cleared, that is. Visitors can drive into the park and enjoy the sights, including the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed, the Mountain Theater (a stone amphitheater which can accommodate over 3000 people) or they can park in the many parking lots throughout the park and hike down to Stinson Beach. For a less strenuous hike, venture a little down a winding trail high above the ocean, with incredible views of San Francisco. Due to lack of funding, some park facilities have been limited; check the website for details before you visit. The park is open daily from 7am until sunset.