Hiking in Mount Tamalpais State Park

Mount Tamalpais State Park is one of my favorite hiking spots in San Francisco area. This was my third time hiking in this area.
My all time favorite hiking trails  in this park starts from the Stinson Beach. We take Dipsea trail followed by Steep Ravine trail to the Pantoll Ranger Station and come back via Matt Davis Trail. This loop is cool, shady and passes through Redwoods, creeks and waterfalls.
Another one of my favorite trail is Bootjack trail starting from the Muir Woods. This trail also leads you through California Coastal Redwoods.
This time around, I hiked with my son’s Boy Scout troop. Hiking with the Boy Scouts is has always been a learning experience for me. I have always come home with a renewed respect for the organization. It feels so nice to see boys and adult leaders strictly following hiking safety rules laid out by the BSA.
We parked at the Pantoll Ranger station and took Matt Davis and Nora trails to the West Point Inn. Both the trails were shady and passed through the beautiful moss-covered trees. We followed fire road from there to the top to the Visitor Center. After having lunch at picnic areas at the visitor center, we started heading back. We took Rock Spring, Bootjack and Steep Ravine trails back to the Pantoll Station parking lot. This was a rewarding ten miles loop, which took us about five hours to finish.

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