Several times a year, families trek up Mt. Tam to the West Point Inn for their legendary pancake breakfasts. They’re a total bargain with flapjacks, melon, coffee, OJ, and a mind-bending view of the Bay and its surrounding coastlines.
For walkers or kiddies in backpack, park at the Mt. Home Inn, hike past the fire station, then take Matt Davis trail to Nora trail for some scenic single track, heart-thumping inclines and cool wooden bridges that the little ones will dig. For strollers or bikes, park at the Pan Toll Ranger station and follow the road (first paved, then dirt) to West Point Inn. Work that mountain!
When to go: The West Point Inn is an ideal hiking or biking destination any time of the year. The pancake breakfasts run in the spring and summer months only, including Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Where to find it: Deep within Mt. Tam, accessible by trail only.
What to see/do: Enjoy the spectacular views, soak up the sun, spot lizards and squirrels. Let the kids put on a show at the nearby Old Mountain Theater. And don’t forget to pack a camera – the views are spectacular.
Where to have breakfast: Seating is limited, so pack a picnic blanket and find a scenic spot if all the tables are full.
How to dress: Layers are always a safe bet. Occasionally Mt. Tam is socked in with fog in the early morning, but it usually burns off by mid-morning, so don’t forget sunscreen and hats.
Bonus: Did you know you can spend the night at the West Point Inn? Either rent a room ($50/night for adults, $25 for kids) or the whole place ($1000 – perfect for bigger kids slumber parties and scout troops).
Cost of trip: Inexpensive (Pancake breakfast is $10 for adults, $5 for kids – CASH ONLY).