The recently opened Bootjack Campground on Mt. Tamalpais State Park can’t rightfully be called new. Let’s say the sites were on hiatus for a little more than a generation. From 1969 until last year, the Bootjack area was solely a picnic area, albeit a beautifully serene one with plenty of space and a lovely brook, Redwood Creek, running through it.
Between the early 1920’s and 1969, the site was also a campground. Due the efforts of the California State Parks, the Tamalpais Conservation Club, and the Marin Municipal Water District, 15 campsites were renovated, with the work done by the California Conservation Corp (CCC), and reopened last September. Although the sites have been open for months now, there will be an official celebration and ribbon cutting in April 2014.
The nearby Pantoll Campground is still open as well. Both offer access and act as hubs for many of Mt. Tamalpais’ most popular and scenic trails. The Bootjack campsites, available on a first-come, first-served basis are nestled among pine, bay laurel and oak trees. All feature good sized flat spots for pitching tents, small storage sheds for dry food or gear, and have both a barbecue pit and a stone fire pit. Two of the lower sites meet the Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
Recommended hikes from Bootjack:
1) Matt Davis Trail, Nora Trail to West Point Inn
2) Bootjack Trail to Mountain Theater
optional (for the friskier and ambitious): Combine the two hikes by making a loop. From West Point Inn take Rock Spring Trail north of the inn back towards Mountain Theater. Return to Bootjack Campground via the Bootjack Trail. As always, a trail map is highly recommended for these as well as other hikes on Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods.