If one drives forever up Mt. Tamalpais to the East Peak, past bicyclists on a winding road, one gets to a flat trail that is less than a mile. It comes with great views. This one looks to San Francisco, with the fog just outside the Golden Gate to the right.
The trail was named after Verna Dunshee, who was an honorary park ranger, founder of the Marin Conservation League and a tireless worker to help establish Mt. Tamalpais and Pt. Reyes, etc. Thank you Ms. Dunshee and all the other people who make parks available. This is a California State Park.
The day, we were there recently, was almost windless, I kept hoping that the wind was just around the corner. Side trails go down on the mountain or out a ridge. This one heading east – yes, that’s Mt. Diablo in the hazy distance.
The Gravity Car Barn is open on the weekends – a museum to the past when a people rode the “gravity-fueled” train from Mt. Tam to Muir Woods. Visit the Friends of Mt. Tam for more information.
Visitor Center and Gravity Train are open on the weekends. More park information.