Directions

Directions 2018-09-06T22:11:03+00:00

There is very limited parking on the mountain and we encourage you to help reduce vehicle impact on the fragile ecology by taking our shuttle the Mountain Play Express! The cost of the shuttle up the mountain is $5 per person, payable before boarding the shuttle.

The parking lots closest to the theater are reserved for members, patrons with disabilities who have reserved through the Mountain Play office, and bus arrival and departure.

Click on the links below for more info on how to drive, take a shuttle, hike or bike.

Most people take advantage of the more ecologically friendly mode of Mountain Play travel and arrive in style aboard one of our festive yellow buses affectionately called the Mountain Play Express.  There is a $5 fee for the morning arrival shuttle.

Information about the Mountain Play Express will be included with each mailed ticket order.
Note: Shuttles do not make stops between theamphitheatre and shuttle parking lots.

Round trip Express shuttles leave continuously from 10:00am to 12:45pm from two locations in Mill Valley on play dates. Parking is Free at both pick up locations.

1. Manzanita Parking Lot, the commuter parking lot located at the junction of Highway 101 and Highway 1, just beyond the Mill Valley/Stinson beach exit off Highway 101.

2. Tamalpais High School, opposite the Safeway on Miller Avenue.

There is no security at these lots and the Manzanita lot can be subject to flooding . Patrons park at their own risk. Vehicles cannot be parked for more than 24 hours. Vehicles may be ticketed & towed by law enforcement for not obeying traffic laws & parking restrictions, such as no parking along red zones or at no parking signs, blocking transit or other vehicles.

TRAVEL BY CAR

Parking on Mount Tamalpais is extremely limited –  Reserved Parking is sold out as of June 1, 2018.

The Cushing Memorial / Mountain Amphitheatre does not have a street address. GPS maps and online searches show the address for the Pantoll Ranger Station at the entrance to the Mount Tamalpais State Park.

Directions From the South

From Highway 101 North

  • Take the exit for Route 1 / Stinson Beach and follow signs for Route 1.
  • When you reach Tam Junction in Mill Valley, turn left on Route 1 toward Mount Tamalpais.
  • Go 2.6 miles and make a right onto Panoramic Hwy. Follow signs toward Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods.
  • Proceed straight on Panoramic Hwy. through the four-way intersection at the top of the hill.
  • Go past the Mountain Home Inn on the right, and the Bootjack Parking Lot on your right. About a half mile past  Bootjack you will see the Pantoll Ranger Station on your left. Turn right and enter Mount Tamalpais State Park.
  • Drive 1.4 miles, turn right at the Rock Spring Parking Lot.
  • The entrance of the Cushing Memorial Amphiteatre is .1 miles
  • If you have a reservation at the Air Force Lot continue past the theatre entrance and there will be signs and volunteers to direct you.

Directions From the North

From Highway 101 South

  • Exit at Tiburon Blvd. / East Blithedale Rd., turn right.
  • Turn left on Camino Alto Rd.
  • Turn right on Miller Rd.
  • Turn left on Montford. This is a four-way stop and you’ll see the 2AM Club on the left.
  • Go right at the fork at Linden.
  • Keep going uphill and veer right at the fork onto Molino.
  • Go straight when the road turns into Edgewood.
  • Keep going uphill and go straight when the road turns into Sequoia.
  • Turn right on Panoramic Highway when you reach the four-way stop at the crest of the hill. You’ll see our our billboard on your right!
  • Go past the Mountain Home Inn on the right, and the Bootjack Parking Lot on your right. About a half mile past Bootjack lot you will see the Pantoll Ranger Station on your left. Turn right and enter Mount Tamalpais State Park.
  • Drive 1.4 miles, turn right at the Rock Spring Parking Lot.
  • The entrance of the Cushing Memorial Amphiteatre is .1 miles
  • If you have a reservation at the Air Force Lot continue past the theatre entrance and there will be signs and volunteers to direct you.

To Our Wonderful Mountain Play HIKERS

Due to circumstances beyond our control:

Hikers who want to hike down the mountain after the play will need to carry their own gear. 

Hikers will need to arrange their own transportation back to your car at the Manzanita or Tam High parking lots.

There will be NO CHANGES to our regular round trip shuttle service between the Amphitheatre and the Manzanita and Tam High parking lots.

This will apply to the remainder of the 2018 Season. We are SO incredibly sorry for this inconvenience!

2018 Mountain Play Hike Directions from Mountain Theatre to downtown Mill Valley

Total distance 6 miles

Amphitheatre to West Point Inn 1.5 miles

West Point Inn to Mountain Home Inn 2 miles

Mountain Home Inn to downtown Mill Valley 2.5 miles

The hike route starts at the water fountain at the far end of the Rock Spring Trail – the lateral path that crosses through the theatre on the far left side of the theatre as you face the stage.

Take the Rock Spring Trail to the West Point Inn. There are bathrooms, and refreshments for sale at the West Point Inn.

From the West Point Inn, take the Nora Trail. The first ½ mile down the Nora Trail is steep and rocky so use caution.

Stay left at the junction of the Matt Davis Trail.

Stay right where the Matt Davis Trail meets the Hoo Koo E Koo trail.

Continue down the Fire Road past the Throckmorton Fire Station.

Use Porto-potties here!

At Panoramic Hwy, walk carefully on the roadside for a hundred yards until you come to the Mountain Home Inn.

Take Edgewood Avenue, the road going downhill on the right side of the Inn.

Stay on Edgewood Ave until it ends at a driveway. The path continues to the right of the driveway and becomes the Pipeline Trail.

When Pipeline Trail ends, bear left at Edgewood Avenue.

Stay on Edgewood Ave for approximately 2 miles, until it meets Sequoia Valley Road.

Just past the junction of Edgewood and Sequoia Valley on the left is the top of the Dipsea Steps.

There are three flights, 671 in total, of these iconic Marin steps.

At the base of the first flight, go left on the road for a few yards to the top of the middle flight.

At the base of the second flight, go left, then immediately right on the road to find the top of the third flight of stairs.

The steps end at a driveway, which descends to Old Mill Park.

There are public bathrooms in Old Mill Park. Continue through the park, about thirty yards or so, to Throckmorton Ave.

Turn right toward downtown, and at the main intersection, cross Miller Avenue.

Welcome to downtown Mill Valley!