Signature Trail Corridor

Wayfinding Signs and Kiosks

Navigating the Mountain

As anyone who has hiked its trails can attest, it can be surprisingly easy to get lost on Mt. Tam. It is also sometimes difficult to know what rules apply to any given trail, especially as they cross agency lines.

Part of what makes navigating Mt. Tam’s trails so confusing is the absence of consistent wayfinding and regulatory signs at trail intersections and trailheads. The National Park Service and California State Parks recently partnered on a cross-jurisdictional sign project in the Redwood Creek watershed. An expanded OneTam collaborative sign project will finish the work in Mt. Tam State Park to the west of the Redwood Creek watershed. It will also help complete the implementation of the Marin Municipal Water District’s sign program, replacing deteriorating and missing signs in their new design. 

This project will also support an interpretative specialist to work with agency staff to develop engaging kiosk content for key trailheads and public gathering areas, and help with the assessments, design, fabrication, and installation needed to realize a signage system that provides the public a safer and more enjoyable visit.

Unmarked trail junctions on Mt. Tam make it difficult for visitors to find their way

The state and national parks have a collaborative sign program for the Redwood Creek watershed that could be implemented across the rest of Mt. Tam State Park

Professional interpretive staff support will ensure that kiosk content is engaging and informative

Staff dedicated to ensuring signs have a consistent look and feel will help keep visitors from getting confused and reduce visual clutter

Sign fabrication and installation will be managed in a coordinated and consistent way to create a more seamless visitor experience