Located half way up Mount Tamalpais' forested southern slopes, Pantoll Campground is one of two first-come, first-served walk-in campgrounds within Mount Tamalpais State Park (Bootjack being the other). With 16 historic campsites lying beneath a quiet Douglas fir forest, time spent next to the campfire here will quickly expunge thoughts of the big city that lies just a few miles to the south.
The campground has an assortment of sites that are distributed on the hill that extends from the Pantoll Day Use Area; sites located further uphill offer greater privacy and more room. All 16 sites are within a short, 100-yard walk from the car park. Each comes equipped with campfire pits and historic, stone-built campfire grills to accommodate all of your cooking and warming needs. Since advance reservations cannot be made for Pantoll, arriver earlier on weekend days to ensure you’ll have a site. You’ll likely have the campground to yourself if you are there mid-week.
Serving as a central day use area for Mount Tamalpais State Park, Pantoll is also a central junction for many of the park’s top hiking trails, including the Steep Ravine and Matt Davis Trails that make their way down to the Pacific. From Pantoll you’ll have the option to hike to Mount Tam’s summit, drop down into Muir Woods National Monument or follow one of the ocean view trails down to Stinson Beach.