Mt. Tamalpais Interpretive Association

Welcome to the Mt. Tamalpais Interpretive Association (MTIA), a cooperative organization run wholly by volunteers to help you enjoy Mt Tamalpais State Park, just north of San Francisco.

For more background on the park, visit the State Park website.

The MTIA offers:

Guided hikes, from easy strolls to rigorous multi-milers as well as moonlight and moonrise hikes.

Coming in 2020

The MTIA Interpretive Hike theme on Saturday, March 16 was requested by the Marin History Museum in keeping with their current perspective about Dorothea Lange, the famous depression era WPA Photographer, who spent many summers living and vacationing with her family at Steep Ravine Cabins. A curator from the Museum will be on the hike to offer insights into Lange’s legacy and connection to Steep Ravine.On Sunday, March 10th we’ll offer a preview hike of the March 16th hike. (Giant Trillium may be blooming.) Both hikes will originate from Whitegate Ranch Trailhead.

[Whitegate Ranch; This trailhead is along Panoramic Highway about 2.5 miles past Pantoll Ranger Station. After driving past Pantoll Ranger Station starts a long steep descent to Stinson Beach. Panoramic Highway is wooded for about 2.25 miles after passing the Ranger Station. The trailhead is in the open, on the left (Parking alongside of road for about 12 cars.)just after the second hairpin turn after coming out of the wooded part of Panoramic Highway. When you see the water tank on the left you are almost there.]

The Mt.Tam State Park, April through September, Wednesday evening walks, will be starting April 3, 2020, see the 2nd Quarter schedule in the Hiking section available March 7th, 2020.

Coming in late April 2020, is the Annual MTIA Wildflower Hike with Botanists. Meet at Rock Spring, at (intersection of Pantoll Rd.and West Ridgecrest Blvd.), 10:00am to form Botanist led groups to explore the spring wildflowers. Will return by lunchtime.

Astronomy nights April through October, with lectures by astronomers and space science professionals held in the Cushing Memorial Amphitheater (more commonly known as the Mountain Theater) immediately followed by a brief Nigh Sky Tour highlighting the prominent constellations, stars and planets visible in that night’s sky. Continued viewing through telescopes takes place in the Rock Spring Parking Lot. Appropriate for for all ages and levels of knowledge from beginners to students to advanced amateurs.

A Visitor Center at East Peak that is open weekend days, as is the recently opened Gravity Car Barn. Learn about the history, geology, flora, and fauna of Mt. Tam. You can also get trail advice and find maps and gifts.

You can get to Mt. Tam by public transportation – for the bus schedule, visit the West Marin Stage Coach website or call 415.526.3236.

Every spring, a professional theater group stages a musical at the Mountain Theater. Thousands of people make the Mountain Play a hike destination and occasion for a picnic with friends and family.

The MTIA is always looking for more Tam enthusiasts to lead hikes, assist at astronomy nights, staff the Visitor Center, staff the Gravity Car Barn, and help maintain the trails. Please join us!

Check for other information in the FAQ. If you can’t find the answer to your questions there, contact information can be found here.

The site map can be found here.