Tamarancho For Mountain Biking

The 102nd most popular mountain bike trail in California.

  Marin, California, US


  June 5, 2018

West of San Rafael and Fairfax, the Tamarancho Boy Scout Camp has an excellent 7.8 mile mountain bike singletrack loop. The loop climbs through pine forest coming from Fairfax and then rolls through scenic meadows for a toll elevation change of 1,600 feet. The recommended direction of travel is clockwise around the loop. There is a new purpose built side flow trail with stunts called the Endor Flow Trail. The Endor Flow Trail is a one mile long trail with berms and rollers through dense redwood forest.

To reach Camp Tamarancho from San Francisco, head north on US101 to San Rafael and use Exit #452. Head west on 3rd Street which turns into 2nd Street. Veer right heading west on Sir Francis Drake Blvd to Fairfax. Park in town at either Java Hut or Fairfax Cyclery. Start riding west on Sir Francis Drake Blvd to Olema Road. Veer left on Olema Road briefly to Manor Road. Turn left on Manor Road and then Right on Rockridge Road. Veer left on Iron Springs Road heading up for about 0.75 miles. The trails start on the left. Make sure to pay for your daily use fee permit and keep in mind that the trails close at dusk. Also, there is no dropoff or parking allowed along Iron Springs Road. If it is raining or has rained heavily, the trails are closed until the trails dry out.

Tip - After a long mountain bike ride at Tamarancho Boy Scout Camp, make sure to head over to the Gestalt Haus in Fairfax for a cold drink!

Bonus Tip - If you are looking for more riding, try heading further up Sir Francis Drake from your car park to the White Hill Trail just before Brown Bridge, then turn left heading south up the trail for 2 miles to the western edge of the trail system where you’ll meet the new Endor Flow Trail downhill to start riding the Tamarancho Loop.

Overall, Tamarancho is the 102nd most popular mountain bike trail of all 133 mountain biking rides in California. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Tamarancho including China Camp State Park, Pine Mountain Loop Trail, Samuel Taylor State Park, Coastal Trail - Dias Ridge Loop, Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Mt Tam.

Local Contacts:  California Tourism (916) 444-4429; Marin Council (415) 454-1081; Bicycle Trails Council Marin (415) 456-7512; Mikes Bikes, San Rafael (415) 454-3747

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Elk Cove Inn (800) 275-2967; Mt. Tam SP Pantoll Campground

Luxury Loding:  Casa Del Mar (415) 868-2124; Alta Mira (415) 332-1350; Mountain Home Inn, Mill Valley

Breakfast Restaurant:  Barefoot Cafe, Fairfax; Java Hut

Reference Source:  click here http://www.boyscouts-marin.org/

GPS:  37.994962, -122.608742

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  6/5/2018

ID:  22389

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