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Verna Dunshee Loop

Bay Area

Marin County

A short, easy loop around the East Peak of Mount Tamalpais that offers panoramic views of the Bay Area and its landmarks.

Hiking Easy

1.2 km
18 m
18 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
713 m
High Point
729 m
Verna Dunshee Loop Map

If you are looking for a short and easy hike with stunning views of the Bay Area, the Verna Dunshee hiking trail is a great option. This 0.7-mile loop trail circles around the East Peak of Mount Tamalpais, the highest point in Marin County. You can enjoy 360-degree views of San Francisco, Point Reyes, the Farallon Islands, and Mount Diablo from the paved trail or the viewing platform. You can also see the historic fire lookout station and the gravity car barn that commemorate the old Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railway.


The Verna Dunshee hiking trail is named after a leading activist who helped preserve open space for parklands in Marin County. The trail is wheelchair and stroller friendly, and dogs are allowed on leash. The trailhead is located at the parking lot near the visitor center, where you can find restrooms, picnic tables, and information. There is a parking fee of $8 per vehicle.

The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. The best time to go is on a clear day when you can see far and wide. The trail can get crowded on weekends and holidays, so try to go early or on weekdays. The trail is also a great place to watch the sunrise or sunset over the bay.

The Verna Dunshee hiking trail is a perfect introduction to Mount Tamalpais State Park, a majestic mountain that offers many more hiking opportunities for all levels. Whether you want to explore the redwood forests, oak woodlands, grasslands, or chaparral, you will find a trail that suits your taste.

Source: Verna Dunshee Trail - Mt Tamalpais Summit - 0.7 miles. http://protrails.com/trail/381/san-francisco-marin-headlands-mt-tamalpais-point-reyes-verna-dunshee-trail-mt-tamalpais-summit. Friends of Mt Tam. https://www.friendsofmttam.org/activities/hiking/verna-dunshee-loop. Conversation with Bing Chat



Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Picturesque
  • Family friendly

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