Secluded among the trees on the upper south slope of Mt. Tamalpais is the historic West Point Inn. Built in 1904 as a stopover and restaurant on the Mill Valley/Mt. Tamalpais Railway line, this rustic inn offers panoramic views of the East Bay, San Francisco, the Marin Headlands, and one tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Inn is now under the jurisdiction of the Marin Municipal Water District but is operated by a nonprofit organization, the West Point Inn Association. The Inn consists of 5 rustic cabins, a communal fully equipped kitchen, a large living area with fireplace, a deck with phenomenal views, a single-use restroom on the deck with a roll-in shower, and seven additional guestrooms upstairs in the main lodge.
To reach the Inn, the general public has to hike in; however, if you are not able to hike in, you are allowed to drive in down the two-mile dirt road. The cabin is basically a place to sleep and not spacious enough for just hanging out.
There is no electricity and you will need to bring your own food, towels and sheets/sleeping bag. On the weekend there is a throng of bicyclists and hikers on the trail adjacent to the inn. Part of the Inn is open to the public during the daytime so it ends up not being so private. During the week it is much less crowded and the evenings are extremely peaceful.
General information: 415-388-9955
Reserve three months in advance
- Cost is either $35 or $50 per person (for nonmembers) depending on the season and whether it’s a weekend or not.
- Children under 18 are half price.
- No pets.
- Closed on Sunday and Monday.
- No weddings or receptions
- The Inn may be rented for private parties up to 20 people for $700 or $1,000, depending on the season.
- The hike from the Pantoll Ranger Station is two miles.
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