Mount Tamalpais Hike: From Pantoll Ranger Station to East Peak


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After from Stinson Beach to Pantoll Ranger Station, it’s still easy walk on Bootjack Trail. The gorgeous view starts from the Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail. We can see San Francisco Bay in the front, the sea at the right, and the East Peak Summit Fire Lookout at the top.

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Pay attention here at the trailhead of the Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail. You should turn left here, it’s going to Mountain Home if you go straight.



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The higher we go, the more we see. You can see  the City of San Francisco, Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, Alcatraz Island and Angel Island on the trail. Then we go Vic Haun Trail.

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Vic Haun Trail is not long, but it’s steep and tough when you have climbed 7 miles already. However, Richmond–San Rafael Bridge is seen now at left, Broader Pacific sea is at the right, and one tip of the Golden Gate Bridge can be seen.

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The above picture shows the Lands End and the Ocean Beach beyond the Cliff House.

The Temelpa Trail continues after the Vic Haun Trail, it’s about 1.0 mile up to the Verna Dunshee Trail.

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Some rock climber are here, they’re brave to challenge the rocks like the hawks in the sky.

After the toughest Temelpa Trail is the Verna Dunshee Loop Trail, it’s about 0.6 miles to the East Peak. There is a scenic overlook that you can’t miss on this trail.

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In addition to the places we mentioned above, Baker Beach, Lake Lagunitas are seen from here. Here is the best place to know the San Francisco Bay.

Finally the last 0.3 mile to the top of Mt Tam from the Visitor Center or that museum.

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The above picture includes the city of San Francisco (center), Bay Bridge (left), Golden Gate Bridge (right), Lands End and more.

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Mountain Diablo can be seen from here as well.

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It’s about 9 miles from the Stinson Beach to the East Peak. We will share the return trails in the next post.