Bootjack Campground is located in Mount Tamalpais (Mt. Tam) State Park, and is the newest California State Park campground, having just (re)opened it’s doors in October 2013. The campground previous existed about 40 years ago, before closing up for a number of reasons and becoming day-use only. Bootjack Campground is located just down the road from nearby Pantoll Campground, and is situated at around 1,500 feet in elevation. The campground is a nice alternative to Pantoll, however it is equally as small with only 15 first-come, first-served campsites, it can easily fill up.

Each of the 15 walk-in campsites at Bootjack Campground include a fire ring, barbecue grills, and stone-built Diablo grills, which are a feature of the original campground, food locker, access to drinking water, flush toilets, and showers.

Bootjack Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized, Walk-in
Number of Campsites: 15 Campsites
Cost: $25/Night + $10 State Park Pass
Use Level: Medium – Heavy
Dogs Allowed: Yes – Only in campground, not on trails
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: No
RV/Trailer Length: None
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Possible from major carriers, but spotty
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year round
Other:

Getting There

Address: 801 Panoramic Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Geo Coordinates: 37.909518, -122.601730
Nearest City/Town: Marin City, California
Elevation: 1500 Feet
Location: Marin County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 10 miles to Marin City, California
Directions: From San francisco, head north on US-101 across the Golden Gate Bridge, exit onto CA-1 N toward Mill Valley/Stinson Beach, travel for about 1 mile. Turn left to remain on CA-1N, travel for 2.6 miles and turn right on Panoramic Hwy, travel from another 2.6 miles and keep left to stay on Panoramic Hwy. Travel for 1 Miles and Bootjack Campground will be on your right.

Connect

Phone: 415-388-2070 Facebook: Mount Tamalpais State Park Facebook Page
Web: California State Parks Twitter:
Reservations: Not Accepted – Contact Ranger Station day of arrival to check availability (415-388-2070)

When To Go

Late Spring – Campsites are often still available on Friday night, but Pantoll Campground is usually completely booked by Saturday afternoon.

Overcast
Monday 11/20 20%
High 63° / Low 54°
Overcast
Cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 62F. Winds light and variable.
Partly Cloudy
Tuesday 11/21 10%
High 67° / Low 54°
Partly Cloudy
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 67F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 11/22 10%
High 69° / Low 53°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. High 69F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Mostly Cloudy
Thursday 11/23 10%
High 65° / Low 55°
Mostly Cloudy
More clouds than sun. High near 65F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
Fog
Friday 11/24 10%
High 67° / Low 55°
Fog
Areas of fog early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 67F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Mostly Cloudy
Saturday 11/25 10%
High 65° / Low 53°
Mostly Cloudy
Mainly cloudy. High near 65F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Winter average temperatures have lows in the mid-high 30’s, and highs in the low 60’s. Summer average temperatures top out around 80 degrees with lows in the mid-50’s.

What To Do

Hiking – Bootjack Campground is located at the intersection of some of the best trailheads around the Bay Area. The Matt Davis Trail heads east to the historic West Point Inn, and out west to Stinson Beach. The namesake, Bootjack Trail, heads deep into Muir Woods.

Stop for Drink (and lunch) – The Mountain Home Inn, is located a couple miles south of Bootjack Campground, across from the Alice Eastwood Group Camp parking lot. Mountain Home Inn, is a few stories tall, but the lobby is on the top floor, which is street level thanks to the steep terrain of the ridge line which Panoramic Highway runs along. Just off of the lobby is a small restaurant and bar, with an equally small deck, however, the deck has an amazing view of the bay and San Francisco through the very tops of nearby redwood trees.

Hike for a Drink – While you are parked at the Alice Eastwood Group Camp parking lot, or take the Dipsea trail from nearby Pantoll Campground and hike down to The Tourist Club and have a drink. The Tourist Club is the San Francisco branch of the worldwide Nature Friends organization, which strives to  promote nature appreciation, outdoor activities, conservation, and international friendship and understanding. The Tourist Club pours beer & wine and offers light snacks, with amazing views of Mount Tam State Park, just be sure to check their calendar, as they are only open to the public on certain weekends of the month.

Fun Facts

During the Gold Rush of 1849, San Francisco was growing and people started to use Mt Tam for recreation. They began to develop and cut trails, a wagon road, and a railway through the area. The railway was known as “The Crookedest Railroad in the World.” It was abandoned in 1930 due to damage from a wildfire.

The Mountain Theater (AKA The Cushing Memorial Theater) is near Bootjack Campground and was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930’s. The large natural-stone amphitheater can fit 3,750 people and is home to the Mountain Play, which has been held each spring at the theater since 1913. In the summer, monthly astronomy programs are held in the theater, free to the public.

 

Image Credits: Ray Bouknight via Flickr

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