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The Redwood Forests of Marin & Mt. Tam

San Francisco, United States

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Experience hosted by Ben

3.5 hours
Includes food, drinks, transportation
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Forest "bathing" in Marin! We meet at the Warming Hut Cafe in San Francisco's Presidio then shuttle across the Golden Gate Bridge to charming Mill Valley, where we start our walking exploration of Marin's magical redwood forest. Following quiet backroads and footpaths, we visit quiet groves of ancient redwood trees and follow spring-fed creeks to natural pools and cascading falls. In this peaceful forest, unique to the northern California and southern Oregon coastal region, the sequoia soar hundreds of feet into the sky, providing an unequaled nature experience at base of mighty Mt. Tamalpais. Along the way, you learn about the coastal redwoods' amazing ecology and their clever adaptations for survival over many millions of years. It is a remarkable escape into nature on the slopes of beautiful Mt. Tam.

Note: If the walk is fully booked and you can meet us in downtown Mill Valley, please contact me via Airbnb message or e-mail at sanfranciscocoastwalk@gmail.com and we will be able to accommodate you. This refreshing, tranquil walk is also ideal for private groups and corporate team building outings!

Check out our other nature walking tours too! Golden Gate Bridge, Coast & Beach (airbnb.com/experiences/60533), Lands End: SF's Wild Coast (airbnb.com/experiences/61724), and Scenic Sausalito & the Marin Headlands (airbnb.com/experiences/61731).
Forest "bathing" in Marin! We meet at the Warming Hut Cafe in San Francisco's Presidio then shuttle across the Golden Gate Bridge to charming Mill Valley, where we start our walking exploration of Marin's magical redwood forest. Following quiet backroads and footpaths, we visit quiet groves of ancient redwood trees and follow spring-fed creeks to natural pools and cascading falls. In this peaceful forest, unique to the northern California and sou…

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What's included

  • Food
    Madeleine cookies.

    Please buy a pack lunch before departing San...
  • Drinks
    Bottled water
    Bring your own water bottle. Water fountain is available...
  • Transportation
    Roundtrip transportation from the Warming Hut Cafe in San Francisco's Presi...
From $65
/ person
Mon, Dec 7
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
$65 per person
$65 per person
Tue, Dec 8
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
$65 per person
$65 per person
Wed, Dec 9
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
$65 per person
$65 per person

Meet your host, Ben

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 622 Reviews
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I grew up just over the hill from Muir Woods in Mill Valley. Mt. Tam and the redwood forests were a playground for myself and my childhood pals. Years later, I founded a nature walking company, Coastal Walkers, with co-leader Greg Garcia. My creekside routes are uncrowded and peaceful, a wonderful way to experience northern California nature and the primeval forests of the ancient redwoods.

Note: If the walk is fully booked and you can meet us in Mill Valley by car or bus, please contact me and we will be able to accommodate you.

Our other walks: Redwoods & Golden Gate Bridge Photowalk (airbnb.com/experiences/60872), Golden Gate Coast (airbnb.com/experiences/60533), Lands End (airbnb.com/experiences/61724), and Sausalito, Bridge & Marin Headlands https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/6173
I grew up just over the hill from Muir Woods in Mill Valley. Mt. Tam and the redwood forests were a playground for myself and my childhood pals. Years later, I founded a nature walking company, Coastal Walkers, with co-leader Greg Garcia. My creekside routes are uncrowded and peaceful, a wonderful way to experience northern California nature and the primeval forests of the ancient redwoods.

Note: If the walk is fully booked and you can meet us in Mill Valley by car or bus, please co…
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Where you'll be

We meet at the Warming Hut Cafe in San Francisco's Presidio and shuttle to Mill Valley, nestled at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais, the locals' favorite peak. We stroll into an ancient redwood forest, following a fern-lined creek and hidden paths on this magical hike into the natural heart of Marin County. Note: If the walk is booked full and you can meet us in downtown Mill Valley, please contact me and we will be able to accommodate you.

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 622 reviews.

Connie
November 2020
We had a wonderful time walking through the forest with Ben. I was afraid it would be too strenuous on my old knees but Ben knew all the twists and turns to keep the hike manageable for me. His knowledge of the forest was a treat and education and my granddaughter throughly enjoyed. I’d recommend this hike.
We had a wonderful time walking through the forest with Ben. I was afraid it would be too strenuous on my old knees but Ben knew all the twists and turns to keep the hike manageab…
Alise Otília
October 2020
An amazing experience during quarantine for Bay Area natives and new comers alike. The storytelling began literally as soon as we met up and didn’t end until the drop-off! I learned so much and took a lot of great photos of the redwoods. The hike is skillfully designed to ensure less rigor on the tail end (which I very much appreciated). Ben was a delight to say the least; it felt like a friend showing me around versus a distant tour guide. Definitely an experience I will remember for a long time! I would highly recommend to anyone looking to change up their routine and remember the wonders of the Bay. Safety was prioritized with masks, hand sanitizer, and distancing.
An amazing experience during quarantine for Bay Area natives and new comers alike. The storytelling began literally as soon as we met up and didn’t end until the drop-off! I learne…
Jessica
March 2020
This was a delightful excursion and easily done from SF--especially if staying close to the ferry terminal. It was really nice to have someone from the area to talk with about redwoods and the local environment. I gained a lot more out of this particular guided trek than I would have on my own. Ideal day trip into the serene!
This was a delightful excursion and easily done from SF--especially if staying close to the ferry terminal. It was really nice to have someone from the area to talk with about red…
Alexandra
March 2020
Absolutely wonderful experience! Greg was so knowledgeable on the area and had great stories to go with it. It was so neat seeing the residential area intertwined with the redwoods and learning about the history of the area. Would definitely recommend this experience, it was my favorite part of our SF trip! Also, Greg is a wonderful photographer!
Absolutely wonderful experience! Greg was so knowledgeable on the area and had great stories to go with it. It was so neat seeing the residential area intertwined with the redwoods…
Amanda
March 2020
This is a WONDERFUL outdoor adventure, and you learn along the way interesting facts and stories about your surroundings. Would recommend for visitors looking to get outdoors and who want to see a different side of San Fran!!
Krystee
March 2020
This hike was absolutely an amazing experience. One of my favorite things I did on my trip to San Francisco. Highly highly recommend!

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 8 and up can attend.

What to bring

Lightweight jacket

Beanie or ballcap