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Staying Connected To Mt. Tam

Staying Connected To Mt. Tam

A trail view found from Rock Spring

Dear One Tam Friends -

As many of you know, the “shelter in place” orders covering most of the Bay Area allowed for outdoor exercise and activity that conforms to social distancing guidelines. Unfortunately, the growing scope of the crisis and risk of crowding at public spaces has forced the closure of much of the parkland in Marin County and Mt. Tam to vehicle traffic. Since that decision on March 22, County officials have provided additional detail around what park use is permitted. 

The following is a March 31 summary of current guidelines from the Marin County and covers all park agencies:

"The new order states that individuals may access parks and open space areas that are local to their homes and are easily accessible by foot, bicycle or other non-motorized means, strictly for the purpose of engaging in exercise, as defined by the updated Shelter In Place order. Driving to access parks or open space areas is prohibited, except for individuals with disabilities with vehicles possessing current and valid Disabled Person Parking Placards or License Plates.  Above all, all visitors to any park location must continue comply with social distancing requirements and are expected to stay local to the greatest extent possible."

Read the full health guidelines here

Tips For Staying Local & Staying Healthy:

  • Stay at home as much as possible, especially if someone in your household is sick. Minimizing social interaction will help our communities flatten the Coronavirus infection curve.
  • Do not visit parks that have been closed by local authorities like the public health department.
  • Stay 6 feet away from people you do not live with and avoid narrow trails where distancing may prove difficult. If you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance, do not enter the space.
  • As long as the shelter in place is in effect, do not hold social gatherings, celebrations, or group meetings in parks, preserves, or elsewhere.
  • Many parking areas are closed. Please follow guidance on county websites before visiting.
  • Restrooms and facilities are closed at many locations. Plan ahead before leaving home.
  • Give others the opportunity to have a safe experience by limiting the length of your stay.
  • Leave no trace: carry out what you carry in, because garbage collection is limited.
  • Look for nearby nature to enjoy: your own neighborhood has hidden nature.
  • Visit nature virtually and take advantage of online resources to stay connected to our parklands.

Additional Partner Updates:

Marin County Parks restricted location list

Golden Gate National Park facilities closure list

Marin Municipal Water District office closure details

California State Park COVID-19 Resource Center

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy program cancellation updates