Tamarancho Boy Scouts - Trail, Fairfax, California

Tamarancho Boy Scouts - Trail, Fairfax, California

DESCRIPTION

You need a pass to ride these trails. It costs $36 for one year. Applications are at trail heads or from the boy scout office in San Raphael. There are 5 trails, each is has it's own personality. Some have views, some in Redwood forests. Mostly buff, with some places that are a bit more difficult. These are the best legal singletrack trails in Marin. We are still building more trails. To volunteer contact Jim at BTCJim@aol.com

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 22, 2013]
Matt_SanRafael
Weekend Warrior

I am an intermediate, weekend warrior type rider. I spend most of my time at China Camp and Golden Gate Rec Area. I have to admit that Tamarancho kicked my butt. It is far more technical then what i am used to, and I actually fell off my bike 3 times: once on a switch back, once on some rocks and once trying to get out of the way of a much more advanced rider breathing down my neck. Luckily I did not get hurt.
I can appreciate this ride and the Boy Scouts have done a tremendous job, but I think i will stick to the easier stuff for a while and build my skills.

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RATING
3
VALUE
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3
[Oct 16, 2011]
ridesette
Cross Country Rider

I hated it. Mostly because my brother dragged me on it 3 days after I got my first clips. (welgo m3 spd) Now it would be fun because i got candys. When i rode it it flode amazingly. I wish i lived closer. I wouldn't say this is a beginner trail though. A lot of rock gardens though and a lot of @#$&ing peice of $!%& switch backs.

Customer Service

conter clockwise

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RATING
3
VALUE
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2
[Jan 28, 2010]
boughey
Cross Country Rider

First: PLEASE ride this trail clockwise. It makes for a more enjoyable experience for everyone. Second: this is a great trail, and there are many ways to make the ride longer than 11 miles, but that involved leaving the park, or multiple loops. Third: This is the most fun single track in the bay area, its challenging and rolling up and down - very fun. Fourth: If it has recently rained, please don't ride here, the trail gets really muddy, some of the stickiest in the North Bay (not much sand in the soil like other areas).

Customer Service

Clockwise - PLEASE ride it clockwise.

Similar Products Used:

China Camp, Pine Mountain, Tenderfoot, Annadel and Eldridge Grade to the East Peak.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 27, 2009]
Sam the XC guy
Cross Country Rider

Lots of technical fun! There's quite a few ways to string together a ride - Tamarancho is actually made up of a few seperate trails which can be ridden in multiple ways. No matter which way you go, Tamarancho is fun and challenging. There's a lot of switchbacks - most are on Alchemist and Serpentine, with some on Goldman and Broken Dam. All the trails are well-maintained and clearly marked. Watch out for poison oak because it's everywhere.

Customer Service

Ride from downtown Fairfax. Ride up Iron Springs road to the trailhead. Ride up Alchemist, and turn left onto Goldman. Then, take the Serpentine trail form the main junction, and that turns into Wagon Wheel and B-17. B-17 comes to a junction with the B-17 extension and Broken Dam. Take Broken Dam, and you will come up onto the main road at the end of it. Cross that road and onto the short end of Goldman, which goes down to Alchemist, and back out to Iron Springs road. This is known as "the loop."

Similar Products Used:

China Camp, Rocky Ridge

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 29, 2009]
Calvin
Racer

This trail is one of my favorite trails in Marin County. On this trail from personal experience and riding this trail for 16yrs. I would not recomend using a hardtail or black diamond/ downhill bike. You can buy a day pass at sunshine bicycles on broadway in fairfax.

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2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 04, 2008]
s1lv3rsc00by
Cross Country Rider

I just rode this loop 2 weeks ago (Sept 2008). Park in the Java Hut parking lot. Sunshine Bicycle Shop is right across the street where you can buy a $5 day pass (cash/check only, no credit cards). The bar next door does have an ATM machine so you can get cash there. Ride through downtown Fairfax, through some residential neighborhoods and then up a paved rode. Then it tuns to loose gravel. After a few more turns up hill, you will see the bike rack and trailhead on the left - the alchemist trail.

(for trail map and directions to get there http://www.boyscouts-marin.org/)

All the reviews I read recommended to do the loop clockwise, so that's what my brother & I did. (Alchemist-Serpentine-Goldman-Wagon Wheel-B17-Broken Damn-Goldman-Alchemist.) After riding that way, we think that it might actually be funner to ride it counter clockwise. We didn't have a chance to do the outer Porcupine-White Hill trail. From our ride that day, it seems like about 60% of the clockwise route was climbing. This is pretty much beginner with a little bit of intermediate riding. There are TONS of switchbacks (none too steep or sharp to handle), some roots and some rocks. I believe it's part of the Serpentine trail that has a short mini "rock garden" section. The climbing is gradual for the most part. There are a handful of short steep sections. But nothing most riders can't handle if you just kick it into granny gear and spin.

Customer Service

counter clockwise.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 28, 2007]
Patrik
Cross Country Rider

This is the best single-track only ride I have ever had, I am from Sweden and rented a bike for the day in San Rafael (Summit Bicycles, great service and a great bike!) and did both clockwise and anticlockwise, both are brilliant, but I agree with most reviewers that the redwood section is best enjoyed going clockwise. After the two rounds I decided to get back up to the highest point going anticlockwise and then down back on onto the extention on the left, thus getting the redwood section twice more (it is great fun going anticlockwise as well!). The ride back down to Fairfax on the extention was fun but not extraordinary, first third was wider singletrack and then fire road. I was well spent for the remainder of the afternoon...

Customer Service

First clockwise, then anticlockwise, I rode on a saturday still not many people on the trail.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 17, 2006]
datenschwanz
Cross Country Rider

WOW. That's all I can say if I had one word to describe the park right now. I went out last Saturday and I can't believe how much trail work has been done. A month ago the trail was a wreck or ruts and dug out roots from the near two months of virtually continual rain. Not now! Almost every rut has been broken up and repacked. The switchbacks look groomed like a ski run. All rain damage has been repaired and it's Heaven on the trail from start to finish. $5 a day to ride this is a deal and a half. I'm buying a season pass this year for sure. The route is signposted better than ever and the conditions are bettere than i've ever seen them!

Get out here! There's something for experts and mid level riders too!

Customer Service

Park at Java hut thingy in the Albertsons parking lot in Fairfax and ride to the trail from there, less than a mile to the road climb up to the single track. Go across the street to the bike shop (next to the brewery) and get your pass and directions from them at the same time. I always ride this trail clockwise. I've never ridden it the other way.

Similar Products Used:

soquel demo forest, mr toads, mt rose, and UCSC in Santa Cruz.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 25, 2005]
13yroldbikerkid
Weekend Warrior

Sharp hairpins, loose rocks, and roots make up the technical sections of this trail. Depending on where you are on the mountain, you are exposed to many diverse enviornments from open spaces to dense groves of trees. Tamarancho is a popular and well known trail and the favorite of many Marinite weekend warriors.

Customer Service

Lots of different backroads you can take through Fairfax to get to the mountain and all of the trails on the mountain are fun. No recommended route.

Similar Products Used:

Shoreline Trail (China Camp), Pine Mountain Loop, and Pine Mountain to Repack.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 27, 2005]
caughtonillegaltrail
Downhiller

Sweet awesome single track, no hard uphills, if you don't go down the redwood section your stupid and you can take stop reading this review. It is such a fun trail, I haven't done the double loop yet but it could be cool. I biked back to Mill Valley afterwards that was a mother. I saw a fat, ginourmous rattle snake. Scared me to death. Looked like it just ate something. I was riding and it was lying accross the trail on the uphill at the end. I haven't ever pedaled so fast at the end of the ride before. Watch out, those things are scary as those evil cranky old people who hate the world and most of all, jumps.

Customer Service

down redwood section to burgers at M&G's

Similar Products Used:

Any singletrack you can getaway with.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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