OverviewMt. Tamalpais, one of many Pine Mountains scattered around California and the country has the distinction of being the birthplace of mountain biking.
On October 21, 1976 ten riders raced down a gnarly fire road on the northeast side of the mountain later officially named Repack Road. Sporting traditional balloon tire one speed "clunkers" they descended 1,300' in about 5 minutes. Alan Bonds was the only finisher! The name Repack came from the fact that they had to repack the hubs afterwards because the brakes would way overheat.
Enter Gary Fisher and Charles Kelly. By 1979 these 2 competitors and organizers of the downhill race founded the sport of mountain biking. Gary began innovation and Fisher Mountain Bikes. The rest of course is history. Gary still holds the speed record on Repack of 4:22.
I went down Repack once on a mountain bike and these guys must be crazy!
Besides being the mecca for mountain biking this chaparral covered hill also has some nice hiking mostly on wide open fire roads with excellent views of Mt. Tam, the Marin County Watershed and across the North Bay.
The Pine mountain road continues 3.5 more miles along scenic Pine Mountain Ridge and descends to Kent Lake connecting to other roads.
Carson FallsCarson Falls below the south slope of Pine Mountain. This is a beautiful 75 foot rocky cascade falling in stages.
Getting there: From the parking lot on Bolinas Fairfax Road hike up the Pine Mountain Truck Road 1 mile. Turn left on the Oat Hill Road and go about a quarter mile. Take the Carson Falls Trail to the right .4 miles down to the falls.
No motorized vehicles.
Mountain bikers must observe the posted speed limits in places.
Dogs must be on a leash.