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Mount Tam: The hiker's heaven

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Just north of San Francisco is a large stretch of land that is a hiker's heaven. There are miles upon miles of hills, valleys and stretches of bay that provide excellent backpacking and wildlife viewing. But there is one particularly popular mountain in this area that is a must-visit: Mount Tamalpais, or better known to locals as Mount Tam. This 2,500-foot mountain in Marin is a state park that provides 360-degree views of the Bay Area and beautifully preserved wild spaces to enjoy. Click through this slideshow and see some of the magnificent places and wildlife you'll encounter while hiking Mount Tam. (Text: Jaymi Heimbuch)