"Right in the middle of Marin County" Mount Tamalpais State Park by jessicadf

In the heart of Marin Count stands...

...Mount Tamalpais, one of the largest peaks in the San Francisco Bay area. An extinct volcano, its name comes from the language of the Native Americans that lived in the area, the Miwoks. Tamalpais means, "Sleeping Lady, " or "Sleeping Princess." The profile of the mountain does, indeed, look like a woman with long, flowing hair, resting on her back. Beautiful.

The mountain is a California State Park with many hiking, biking and road trails, as well as an outdoor amphitheater where every year the "Mountain Play" is held. This year the play is "Annie."

Marin County is known for its, "micro-climates," where one town is frigid while another is sweltering. Mount Tam can typify the microclimates, just in a hike. Pictured here is a beautiful old oak, atop the mountain on a sunny afternoon.

And here is a beautiful waterfall, about 2 miles down the mountain. What you cannot see is that there was fog rolling in above the trees, and it was getting a little chilly. Not 30 minutes from the sunny picture, taken above.

  • Last visit to Mount Tamalpais State Park: Jun 2003
  • Intro Updated Jun 9, 2003
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