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Any good routes up to the top of Mt. Tamalpais from S.F.?(7 posts)

Any good routes up to the top of Mt. Tamalpais from S.F.?spankdoggie
Sep 20, 2002 10:40 AM
Over the Golden Gate Bridge, through Sausolito, then what?

I know how to get up on my mountain bike, but this will be new for me on a road bike.

Thanks for your help.
Here's what I'd do...tamjam
Sep 20, 2002 11:05 AM
That's my home turf...Once you get through Sausalito and you see Sausalito Cyclery on the right, hop on the bike path for a short bit, go under the overpass and over a short foot bridge just past the Howard Johnson's. On your left you'll see Almonte/Miller Ave begin to parallel the bike path. Hop off the path and onto Miller until you get to Molino (first and only stop sign on that stretch of Miller) and make a left. Roads you'll be on once you make this left include Molino and Edgewood. From there follow the 'Bike Route' signs up until you get to "4 Corners". You'll know you're at 4 Corners when you see signs pointing straight for Muir Woods and right to Stinson Beach. Make the right towards Stinson on Panoramic Hwy and just follow that along until Pantoll Ranger station. Here you make a right and just follow that up to the top of Tam.

There is an easier way through downtown Mill Valley I've heard about, but I've never tried to find it. It would cut out some of the tough climbing up Molino/Edgewood.

Or you could just take the skinny tires up Tenderfoot!
Slight correction...tamjam
Sep 20, 2002 1:43 PM
...I noticed on my way home today the left is onto Montford, not Molino. Molino comes later.

Enjoy. And as Charlie said, go early. My personal rule of thumb is avoid those tight twisty roads anytime after 10am on the weekends.

Downtown routechar
Sep 21, 2002 12:55 PM
Take Miller to downtown Mill Valley
Left on Throckmorton.
Left on Cascade at the stop sign by the park.
Stay right on Cascade (Dipseas Stairs are straight ahead, alt route Molino on the left) for around 1/2 mile.
Left on Marion, it twists and turns up the hill to the main road.
Turn right at the stop sign and head up to 4 Corners.

This is the Thursday morning ride for the Marin Cyclists, they arrive Mill Valley around 07:20 AM. Why don't you join us?

Thanks for the infotamjam
Sep 22, 2002 11:12 AM
I'll definitely try that way up to 4 corners, I had always known there was a way but didn't know it was that easy!

I wish I could join you for the Thursday AM rides, but alas, I've been at work for 3 hours by then already! Where else/when do you guys ride otherwise? How long are your rides? My ride time is usually weekday afternoons and on weekends, but I now have a 3 week old boy which keeps my schedule a bit scattered these days.

Some routes up to the top of Mt. Tamalpais from S.F.?char
Sep 20, 2002 12:28 PM
First off, buy the MCBC (Marin County Bicycle Coalition) map of Marin, shows all the routes on/off road, you can purchase it at any Marin County bike shop; you're riding from Sausalito, both Bicycle Odyssey or Sausalito Cyclery have it.

Here's some other routes from the yokel local.

Hwy 1

From the north end of Sausalito, take the first leg of the bike path, then get on the road (left) on Hwy 1. Ride to Tam Junction and turn left at the intersection. Head up the valley and begin the climb, right before the crest turn right on Panoramic Hwy, climb a little bit more, descend and continue straight at "Four Corners," you have the right-of-way but don't push your luck. Follow tamjam's route to the summit from here, I usually get water at Bootjack camp or the State Park on the way.

Hwy 1 alternate.

Stay on Hwy 1 over the pass, descend down to Muir Beach (great descent), head north on Hwy 1 to Stinson Beach. On the weekends with Summer finally here there can be a lot of cars driving to the beach from the City so leave very early. Just north of Stinson Beach turn right and head on up to the park, turn left at the pass and follow the signs to the top.

Hwy 1 alt ride 2.

Stay on Hwy 1 past Stinson Beach for about 4 miles and turn right on the Fairfax-Bolinas Road. This is the route of the Mt Tam Hillclimb (which is next weekend.) There may be nos signs (hey, it's Bolinas) but it's the only paved road around. Hang a right on Ridgecrest at the top of the pass and continue to the summit.

Railroad Grade.

Just ride your road bike on the fire trails, I do it on a regular basis, it helps to be riding 28c tires. Then blast down the pavement. You avoid all the cars this way.

Hope this helps, there's a few more ways to the top.

thanks tamjam and char.spankdoggie
Sep 20, 2002 1:18 PM
I will print these out, and give it a shot.

Thanks again,