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Mount Tamalpais Rock Climbing 

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Located high above the North Bay, Mt. Tamalpais was once the site of an old hotel. While the hotel is gone, an observation tower remains on the East peak, and is surrounded by jagged volcanic rock that holds some interesting climbing.

Containing mostly easier climbs (5.3 - 5.11b), Mt. Tamalpais is a great place to teach someone how to climb, set up a top rope, or a great place for a first trad lead.

The climbing primarily faces east, and offers incredible views of the rest of the bay area. Because of it's direction, you will find most of the climbing in the shade in the afternoon. If you're going to be there a while, don't forget to head up to the observation tower for an incredible Pacific sunset.

Due to the rugged nature of the rock, it's probably best to either walk off most climbs, or to rappell from the top.

Depending on the day, you may have to pay $8 to park in the park, but then again, you might not.

Always check the Mount Tamalpais State Park website for current information.

Getting There 

From the 101 North of San Francisco, exit the freeway and head north on the 1 towards Stinson Beach. A short while later, hang a left on Shoreline, until a fork in the road. At the fork, head left on Panormic Highway, which will also have a sign stating the correct direction to get to Mt. Tamalpais. Stay on Panoramic until you see yet another sign on the road, telling you to got right on Pantoll road.

Head 1.4 miles up Pantoll road, and then head right on East Ridgecrest Blvd, once again following the signs to Mt. Tamalpia's East Summit. The parking lot will be at the end of the road, 2.8 miles later.

All climbing is accessed via the Plank trail, which will have a sign stating .3 miles to the observation tower.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.1 miles from here

44 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mount Tamalpais

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mount Tamalpais:
Intuition   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 10'   Mount Tam Boulders : Bootjack Boulder
Scenic Cruise   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Mount Tam Boulders : Bay View Boulder
Bonum Vitae    V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Mount Tam Boulders : Ravine Boulder
Up to the Giant Eastern Flake   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Northern Formation, The
East Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Northern Formation, The
Equinox   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Northern Formation, The
Southeastern Arete   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Leaning Tower, The
Eastern Face   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Leaning Tower, The
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By Aaron Liebling
Jun 1, 2010
Parking is now $8. The description should be updated to reflect this. Still fun climbing with a fantastic view.
By NorCalNomad
From: San Francisco
Dec 29, 2011
Stuck me a #8 BD nut in the The Leaning Tower. If anyone grabs it it'd be great to get it back (I'd pay for shipping). Thanks :D

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