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A favorite for Bay Area mountain bikers and hikers, Mount Tamalpais (or Mt. Tam as it is lovingly referred to by locals) acts as a compass, a gathering place and an outdoor adventurer's choice destination. Located just north of San Francisco in Marin County, Mt. Tam's fans like to say that mountain biking was created here — so while you're on the trails, watch your backs. Hikers also lay claim to the tracks, frequenting the 50 miles of pathways, including the Fern Creek and Railroad Grade trails. There are various redwood-shaded creeks for picnicking along the way. Less adventurous visitors can drive to the summit for spectacular views of ...

A favorite for Bay Area mountain bikers and hikers, Mount Tamalpais (or Mt. Tam as it is lovingly referred to by locals) acts as a compass, a gathering place and an outdoor adventurer's choice destination. Located just north of San Francisco in Marin County, Mt. Tam's fans like to say that mountain biking was created here — so while you're on the trails, watch your backs. Hikers also lay claim to the tracks, frequenting the 50 miles of pathways, including the Fern Creek and Railroad Grade trails. There are various redwood-shaded creeks for picnicking along the way. Less adventurous visitors can drive to the summit for spectacular views of the Bay Area. The park also has a set of hike-in rustic cabins (with, I might add, an industrial kitchen). An unusual aspect of the park is the outdoor amphitheater, offering spring performances under the stars.

Michele Bigley
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Michele Bigley is the author of Northern California: An Explorer's Guide and Great Destinations Kauai from Countryman Press.

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