Mount Tamalpais State Park

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Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Location Marin County, California, United States
Nearest city Mill Valley, CA
Coordinates 37°55′26″N122°35′48″W / 37.92389°N 122.59667°W / 37.92389; -122.59667 Coordinates: 37°55′26″N122°35′48″W / 37.92389°N 122.59667°W / 37.92389; -122.59667
Area6,300 acres (25 km2)
Visitors564,000(in 2003)
Governing body CA Dept. of Parks & Recreation
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Mount Tamalpais State Park is a California state park, located in Marin County, California. The primary feature of the park is the 2,571 feet (784 m) Mount Tamalpais. [1] The park contains mostly redwood and oak forests. The mountain itself covers around 25,000 acres (100 km2). There are about 60 miles (97 km) of hiking trails, which are connected to a larger, 200 miles (320 km) network of trails in neighboring public lands. [2] The park received 564,000 visitors in as of 2003. Muir Woods National Monument is surrounded by the state park.

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From the peak of the mountain, visitors can see up to 25 miles (40 km), in a view that encompasses San Francisco, most of the North and East Bay, and the Farallon Islands. Occasionally, the Sierra Nevada are visible, 125 miles (201 km) away.

Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre

The Cushing Memorial Theater, also known as the Mountain Theater, is an open-air theater built in the 1930s. [3] The natural-stone amphitheater seats 3,500 people and features the Mountain Play each spring, produced every year since 1913. In the summer, monthly astronomy programs are held in the theater for free to the public. [4]

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Mount Tam from Muir Beach Overlook

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References

  1. Karen Misuraca (15 July 2009). Backroads of the California Coast: Your Guide to Scenic Getaways & Adventures. Voyageur Press. p. 63. ISBN   978-1-61673-211-0.
  2. Mildred J. Little; Mickey Little (1997). Northern California Parks, Lakes, Forests and Beaches. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 107. ISBN   978-0-88415-245-3.
  3. California State Parks, 2nd Ed. The Mountaineers Books. p. 95. ISBN   978-0-89886-932-3.
  4. "Mount Tamalpais State Park". California Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 7 January 2019.