|Mt. Tam - Old Railroad / Tenderfoot - Mill Valley - Marin County|
Mt. Tamalpais is the birthplace of Mountain Biking as we know it. It is littered with fireroads and well-marked insanely technical singletrack, and the sweeping panoramic scenery is beautiful enough to make you cry.
Sadly, Mt. Tam is also the most visible battlefield in the war for MTB access on the planet. It is no secret that MTBrs as a group have been on the losing end of that battle. The MTB-legal singletrack trails can be counted on one hand, and illegal trail riding here will get you a very big ticket - to the tune of $250 or so the last time I checked. It really isn't worth it - if the rangers don't catch you, you will be verbally abused by hikers... and you might even get verbally abused by hikers for riding the legal trails. They really don't like us.
Here's a link to the court case that reduced MTB access on Tam to a trickle:
And if that pisses you off, here's our local representation:
If you are a biker and you live in Marin, you should be a BTCM member. Period.
All that said, Mt. Tam is something that we should all experience. Get out there and ride. It's where it all started.
From the GG bridge, head north on the 101 until you reach the Blithedale exit. Go L (west) on Blithedale, and continue through downtown Mill Valley. Park on W. Blithedale anywhere you like past the park - most people park between Bigelow and Cottage.
Please be courteous to the residents of this area, and clean up after yourselves.
GPS: Latitude:37°55.177N Longitude:122°33.23W Elevation: