Just off of Panoramic Highway from Mill Valley in Mt. Tamalpais State Park, the Pantoll Campgrounds are about 100 yards from the parking area. Feeling wild? Try hiking up from the Matt Davis Hiking Trail to arrive by foot for some awesome Mount Tamalpais camping.
Head out with your gear from the Stinson Beach Community Center to arrive at camp 1.5-2 hours later. The reward? Sites stacked with all the basics so you can get your s’more, sip, slouch, and sunset on, far (but not too far) from civilization.
Campsites offer drinking water, firewood, and restrooms with flush toilets. No showers are available, but who needs ‘em.
Offered near the campground.
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Natural features you'll find at Pantoll Campground.
Drop some Pantoll Campground knowledge on us.
This is walk up camping unless you are using a vehicle in the parking lot. Steep uphill, not for cushy car campers with a lot of gear. Bring a waggon, a strapping muscle source or not much at all.
Beautiful campsite with easy access to trails. Dogs are allowed in campsites on leash. Definitely check the weather forecast because it can get cold and wet pretty quickly. Campsites 3, 4, 5, 8 & 9 are the driest since they are on the leeward side of the mountain.
Remember to bring a lock to secure food items. Keep food items on higher shelves and towards the inner wall (away from the wall). We were at campsite #10 and raccoons raided food items every night although we had locked the camp pantry.
Firewood is available from the ranger station (open 8 am - 3:30 pm) for $8. You can use the dropbox to pay for a campsite after hours.
We enjoyed our trip and hope to be back soon.
It can get really chilly and misty here! Best to bring lots of layers and definitely use that tent fly to protect you from waking up covered in dew :) Beauuutiful, magical foresty feel. Best to go on weekdays if possible, campgrounds are rather close to each other. Hiking is ample and has pretty fantastic views if the sky is clear enough.
One of the best locations for camp sites that I have been to for quick trips to SF or some of the most amazing sunset views from Mt. Tam. Clean sites, nice bathrooms and a camp host with firewood.
This site is in the mountains near the ocean, so be aware that heavy fog will build up condensation on the trees which will rain down over the site starting in the middle of the night until the early morning. Anything left out will get wet. Great spot with lots of hiking options to choose from. The info booth has all the details on the activities available. The lower campsites are very close together and close to the parking lot/ road. If you want some privacy it's best to choose the campsites higher up.
Camped here last minute I think we were at #14. Close by Stinsons :) Loved this site because it was so pretty. The weather wasn't the best when we stayed here. Wasn't sure if it was just raining or just the mist from the trees. Started at night til check out night- Thankfully our tent (Marmot Limelight) stayed dry all night. I didn't mind it cus of the experience but some people left early. I guess my only suggestion is to not camp here if your tent gets moist? hahaha
I would totally be down to go here again!
First come, first serve.
I came up on a Sunday so it was no problem to secure a spot. Very friendly ranger that allowed me to browse spots before choosing.
It gets darker earlier because of the canopy, so set up camp before heading out on any sunset hikes. You are right at the base of a ton of trailheads so take your pic of coast or bay.
The sites had a fire pit, grill, table and a sizable lock box.
Vangoers- it's all hike in (but the campsites are just a stone's throw from the parking lot). But you can park in the lower parking level and be undisturbed for the night. There's one van/RV spot (bottom right of the parking lot) that has access to its own fire pit and picnic table.