Just a short 45 minute drive north of San Francisco, Mount Tamalpais State Park (Mt. Tam for short) provides ample trails and sights for hikers of all ability levels. Recently, we had some time to squeeze in a short afternoon hike, so we opted for the 3.8 mile Steep Ravine and Dipsea Trail Loop starting from Pantoll Station.
I recently took advantage of a free weekday to check out the wildly popular Mission Peak hike at Mission Peak Regional Preserve in Fremont, California. Instagram popularity withstanding, it’s a healthy out-and-back hike covering a bit over 6 miles total and more than 2,000 feet in elevation.