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Bike Camping Mt. Tamalpais - 

Pantoll Campground

22 miles north of SF across the GG Bridge
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Above the fog of the Bay, there is an Olympus.  Get high, go Tam!   Starting along the Marin bike path you follow the roadies through Mill Valley, then up, up, up!  After climbing out of Mill Valley, you reach the Panoramic highway (it's a two lane road) ridge.  Go straight and you'll descend to Muir Woods and Muir beach (a great day ride, especially with a pint and lunch on the lawn at the endlessly charming Pelican Inn) or take the right turn for the windy, rugged, epic climb up Mt. Tamalpais.  One your reach the top and arrive at Pantol Camp, you'll be sweaty but triumphant.  You're above it all!   On many a day, the whole Bay will be covered with fog and the only landmarks visible from the top will be Mt. Diablo to the East, the Farralons to the West, and tips of Sutro Tower poking up from Twin Peaks in San Francisco.   Pantol Camp, aside from having some great water fountains, has a solid hiker-biker area.  It a pretty popular spot, so you'll probably met some other cyclists to swap stories with over dinner.  

We highly recommend the side trip up Pantol Road (the hard right turn directly out of the campground) and then a left onto Ridgecrest Blvd.  This will take you to the true top of the mountain, giving way to some spectacular ocean views, gently rolling hills, and some of the most pastoral landscapes you can imagine.  See above images for inspiration along with the Pedal Inn logo image on the previous page.