Field Trip: Hiking Mount Tamalpais State Park

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When I hear “Mt Tam” I think “Mt Tam Triple Creme” from Cowgirl Creamery. My favorite thing about California is cheese. And wine. And sunshine. The first two are why I need to detox. I also just looked up the nutritional info of Mt Tam and died a lot little inside.

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Mt Tam moments.

But I digress. If this is your first time ever reading this blog or you’ve been living under a rock, I love being active. I love being outside. I love having an excuse to eat ice cream. So I love hiking. Hiking is such a first world thing if you think about it – “Hey guys, let’s go walk through the woods and up a mountain to go Instagram some views”.

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Ang modeling.

When anyone comes to visit me, they are subjected to at least one hike that I have wanted to do. This hike I did with Angela is actually my favorite one that I have done so far. I had never thought of hiking Mount Tamalpais – I guess I had been on it before in some form or another visiting Muir Woods a few years ago – but I’m so glad I did. The drive to Stinson Beach is really windy and is what I imagine Ireland to be like.

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Right before drinking wine and giving up on going any further because of the fog.

What: Mount Tamalpais State Park
Where: Stinson Beach, California.
Get there: Type 32 Belvedere Ave, Stinson Beach, CA 94970 into your GPS. Park on the street near the community center or if there isn’t any street parking, park at Stinson Beach State Park. There is a sign that marks the trail. Just walk to the end, turn around and come back!
What to bring:
Water, snacks, toliet paper/tissues, wine (if you’re smart)
What to wear: 
Hiking clothes – yoga pants, running tights, leggings, a tank and bring a sweatshirt in case it gets cold. Also wear good walking shoes.
How to get there:
 1 hour drive from San Francisco (maybe 90 minutes from downtown)
How much: Free!
Tips: Bake in some extra time because the drive is gorgeous. Also, there are allegedly coyotes on the trail. I warned you. If you’re looking for food on the way back to SF, I recommend Tamalpie Pizza in Mill Valley.

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A good hike to cross off all your Northern California outdoor things: waterfalls, redwoods and ocean.

The hike is pretty mild – lots of stairs at first and uphill (obviously) but the trail is well marked and well-maintained. We only ran into one or two other hikers on our Monday afternoon hike. It got a little cold at the top of the mountain, especially with the fog rolling in. Angela and I had Kind Bars and drank some (terrible) wine then headed back to eat our weight in pizza and beet salad at Tamalpie then ice cream at Bi-Rite because San Francisco.

Chat with me:
Do you like to go hiking? What is something you make all your visitors do? Do you hike with wine?

32 comments on “Field Trip: Hiking Mount Tamalpais State Park

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Heather @Fit n Cookies on April 9, 2015 7:21 am

I think I say it everytime I read one of your posts, but I want to go to San Fran so bad!! It just looks gorgeous. I don’t usually hike ever but I’d love to find some place to go and have a great hike!
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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:53 pm

Try Ohiopyle or Mcconnell Mill!! And an SF trip for the BABYMOON?!!

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Shashi at RunninSrilankan on April 9, 2015 7:26 am

I love hiking and being outdoors too – Rebecca – a few years ago, a friend of mine moved to San Fran just for the hiking trails – I see why now! These are some gorgeous views!

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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:52 pm

I can totally see why people would do that! Makes it hard to ever want to leave :)

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Bethany Magnie on April 9, 2015 10:23 am

I love hiking with wine and IGing the results. Although now that I have a baby I know those days will probably be a little fewer and farther between. Regardless hiking is probably the best activity up her in the PNW!

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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:52 pm

It isn’t hiking unless you IG it, right?

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Suz @ 2 cats & chloe on April 9, 2015 10:32 am

Why wouldn’t everybody hike with wine?! (I haven’t yet… but seriously, what a brilliant plan!) Your pics are lovely! I need to add this to my places I should visit!
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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:52 pm

Yes, it is so lovely!!

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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on April 9, 2015 10:34 am

Yay Bi-Rite! This looks awesome and I can’t wait to be dragged into adventures with you ladies.
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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:51 pm

Me too!! (Did I tell you I got the buffalo milk soft serve that day after we hung out lol??)

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on April 9, 2015 10:42 am

Ahhhh the best day. I’m so glad you posted this! :)
Remember how we saw a bobcat dart across the road on the drive back?
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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:48 pm

I forgot about that!!! That was so cool.

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Sara on April 9, 2015 10:53 am

I also live in the Bay Area and totally forgot this place existed! Thanks for the reminder, will have to make a trip over there soon.
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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on April 9, 2015 11:03 am

What a fun fieldtrip! It has been too long since I’ve been on a hike! I need to change that!
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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:48 pm

Yes!! It’s so good for the soul.

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Sam @ PancakeWarriors on April 9, 2015 11:30 am

How gorgeous Cassie! Love the greenery and I try to get in as many hikes I can! Such a fun way to get moving!
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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:48 pm

Agreed! So lucky to still have green despite the drought :)

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Ginger on April 9, 2015 11:39 am

I love this! Hiking is one of my favorite past times! I used to live in NC and the trails there were just gorgeous. TX is okay too but the NC ones were great! Awesome post!
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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:48 pm

My aunt goes hiking in NC a lot and her photos are gorgeous!!

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Chelsie @ Life with Rosie on April 9, 2015 12:10 pm

We just moved to Norcal and I’ve been wanting to go hiking with my pup! Thanks for sharing, it looks beautifuL!
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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:47 pm

So many great trails here – definitely take advantage!!

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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 9, 2015 2:11 pm

Hi Cassie! I’m with you on hiking and taking visitors to see it all! I love Mt. Tam and have been hiking there tons of times. Yes, my husband and I bring a nice spread of cheese/crackers/wine and more. We have a little blanket and bag set for picnics that we stuff in the back-pack and bring with us. Nothing better than a nature walk, with fresh air and some vino. Yay for the Bay Area! I never hiked until I moved here, that’s for sure.
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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:47 pm

Love the idea of bringing a picnic! I always think about it but never do it!

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Pragati // Simple Medicine on April 9, 2015 3:43 pm

hiking on its own is pretty amazing. hiking + wine sounds perfect.
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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:47 pm

Two of my fave things together :)

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Jo @ Living Mint Green on April 9, 2015 4:03 pm

I make my visitors go hiking too! I haven’t hiked with wine (YET) but I like tossing some ice cold beers in my pack for the summit!
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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:46 pm

Girl, you need to get on the hiking + wine game. I’ll come to Banff and bring the canned wine.

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annabelt - geeks diet on April 9, 2015 7:35 pm

I would definitely hike with wine :) The scenery there looks gorgeous!
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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:46 pm

It definitely is, I’m so lucky to live here!

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Ashley on April 10, 2015 1:09 am

So cool! Makes me want to go to San Fran!

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Debi (thatdebi) on April 13, 2015 12:21 pm

Thanks for this post! I have wanted to hike at Mt Tam for I don’t know how long (I’m from Sacramento). Looks gorgeous! I think I’ll take the family this weekend!
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