There is no fee to enter Mount Tamalpais State Park.
There are 6 mountaintops you can cycle to in the San Francisco Bay Area that offer dramatic and sweeping views:
- Mount Tamalpais (Marin County; six routes to the top);
- Mt. Umunhum (Santa Clara County; two routes to the top and the hardest climb in the Bay Area);
- Mt. Diablo (Contra Costa County; two routes to the top)
- Mt. St. Helena (Napa County; one primary route to the top + gravel the last five miles);
- Mt. Hamilton (Santa Clara County; two routes to the top);
- Bald Mountain (Sonoma County; one route to the top + gravel for the last half mile).
We consider Mount Tamalpais the Monte Grappa of the United States. Monte Grappa in the Italian Alps has the most HC routes to the top of any mountain in the world. Although not a world leader, Mount Tamalpais has more routes to its top than any other mountaintop in the US.
Before heading to the bay area on your cycling adventure, be sure to rely on our list of Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip, and use our interactive checklist to ensure you don't forget anything.
WHAT MAKES MOUNT TAMALPAIS SO SPECIAL
- Six fantastic routes to the top.
- Varying scenic surroundings.
A lake (Alpine Reservoir).
The Pacific Ocean.
Thick forest and redwood groves.
Some of the greatest views of San Francisco and the bay anywhere in the Bay Area.
Photos are from the finish at West Peak.
Ride past the customary finish at West Peak for 1.5 miles (there are two significant descents on that segment) to the jewel of Mount Tamalpais - East Peak. At East Peak there is a visitor center, historic train museum and a short hike to the lookout at the top of the mountain.
Gravity Car Barn and Visitor Center at the finish of the East Peak route.
Water, bathrooms and bike rack at the finish.
- Views of some other mighty mountains in the area
Views of Mt. St. Helena to the north (left) and Mt. Diablo to the east (right).