Mt. Tam via Panoramic Hwy North Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling






Mt. Tam via Panoramic Hwy North

CA, USA

Most difficult route of 5 to Mt. Tam's West Peak.

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Climb Summary


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This is the most challenging climb in Marin County and boasts an impressive 5.02 FIETS index, well above any other climb in the county.  Beginning in the popular coastal town of Stinson Beach (provisions available at the Stinson Beach Market about a half mile to the north on Hwy 1 from the climb start point).

 Mt. Tamalpais is the highest peak in the Marin County and has 2 peaks - the East Peak (2,574') and West Peak (2,563').  The white radar dome that sits upon Mt. Tam's slightly lower western peak is quite discernable from afar.  

The climb is divided into 3 parts:

  1. Panoramic Hwy from Stinson Beach:  Some great views of the Pacific Ocean to the west giving way to redwood trees bordering the highway for several miles until near the top and just shy of Pantoll Campground and Mt. Tamalpais State Park  - ​There is a Visitor Center here where information about the area and maps are gladly dispensed by the rangers. There is water at this location. The statistics for this section of the climb are 3.6 miles / 1,375' gained / 7.3% average grade.  

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  1. ​The second leg is up Pantoll Road from its intersection with Panoramic Hwy to Rock Springs Parking Area (staging area for several truck television commercials).  Along this route we have great views down to the Pacific Ocean and, as we climb higher,  of Mt. Diablo, San Francisco Bay and San Francisco.  This segment is 1.4 miles / 490' / 6.2%.  

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  1. ​The final leg is along Ridgecrest Blvd east and is the easiest and gives us more spectacular views of Mt. Diablo, San Francisco Bay and San Francisco.  This segment ends as Ridgecrest "crests" just east of the radio dome atop Mt. Tam’s West Peak ant is 1.5 miles /510’ / 6.8%.

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A very pleasant, and challenging, 46 mile route that captures the 2 top climbs in Marin County begins from the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge, across the Bridge, through Sausilito, Mill Valley, down to Muir Woods, back up to Panoramic Highway (follow Pano Hwy from its southern (intersection Muir Woods Rd and Panoramic Hwy to its northern point at Stinson Beach on Hwy 1 - 8.1 miles),  up to the top of Mt. Tam and then follow the route back to San Francisco.  See PJAMM Cycling’s Golden Gate Bridge Page and also its RideWithGPS map for more details.