Hiking near Novato, California

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Cataract Trail Loop in Marin County
Cataract Trail Loop in Marin County
Bolinas, California, United States (12.4 miles away)
 
Moderate: 7.7 miles, Half day
See Marin County's most scenic waterfalls. 7-mile moderate hike

Cataract Creek Trail offers a perfect excuse to play hooky from work or spend a vacation day in the woods. The creek's waterfalls provide a spectacular anchor for a 7-mile loop through the scenic lands of the Mount Tamalpais Watershed. You could just hike a mile and a quarter to the top of the Cataract Creek Trail and return, but I figure if you're...
Muir Woods and Tourist Club Loop
Muir Woods and Tourist Club Loop
Mill Valley, California, United States (13.6 miles away)
 
Moderate: 4.5 miles, Half day
Backdoor entry to Muir Woods on an uncrowded trail where you can enjoy scenery (and a bar!) most visitors never see.

The ancient California redwood trees of Muir Woods National Monument are one of several remaining groves up and down the coast that escaped the lumberjacks thanks to forward thinking preservationists. Located just North of San Francisco this is the ideal place for visitors from around the world to come and marvel at the giant redwoods (which in...
Steep Ravine via Matt Davis, Mt Tamalpais
Steep Ravine via Matt Davis, Mt Tamalpais
Stinson Beach, California, United States (14.9 miles away)
 
Moderate: 6.5 miles, Half day
Get an early start to enjoy one of Mt Tamalpais' most loved and most distinctive trails.

Steep Ravine is a real jewel in Marin County's crown. Cutting deep into the landscape over millennia the water rushing through Webb Creek has created a spectacularly steep sided and lush canyon shaded by towering redwood trees and populated with a wide variety of local flora and fauna. This trail really draws the crowds, so we heartily recommend...
Stinson Beach to Mt. Tamalpais
Stinson Beach to Mt. Tamalpais
Stinson Beach, California, United States (14.8 miles away)
 
Difficult: 17.3 miles, Full day
A great day (or overnight) hike from the beach to the top of Mount Tamalpais where you can see the entire bay area.

Mount Tamalpais (or Mt. Tam as the locals call it) is a must-do hike for anyone living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although you can drive to the top, the hike is much more rewarding, and you see many hidden treasures that those driving would likely miss. The best way to hike Mt Tamalpais is by starting at sea-level at Stinson Beach, hiking...
Lucas Valley Loop
Lucas Valley Loop
Lucas Valley, California, United States (5.0 miles away)
 
Moderate: 3.6 miles, 1-3 hours
A fun little hike with a 360-degree panoramic view at the top

Fun little hike just off of Lucas valley road in Marin. The first mile is a heart thumper.
Terra Linda and Sleepy Hollow Ridge
Terra Linda and Sleepy Hollow Ridge
Sleepy Hollow, California, United States (7.0 miles away)
Easy: 1.5 miles, 1 hour or less
Easy trail in Sleepy Hollow, CA

This is an easy hike with a good view of parts of Marin. There are many different options that you can take to change the experience of your hike. This guide shows one of the many options and tells you about possible alternative you could take. I found this to be a good running place since it has a good view the whole way and the ups and downs make...
Cascade Falls
Cascade Falls
Fairfax, California, United States (9.1 miles away)
Easy: 3.8 miles, 1 hour or less
Waterfall in Fairfax, CA

This hike is a very short and easy hike to a pretty good waterfall. It is a good place for a family to go for a hike. The waterfall is best after rain during the winter and early spring. Parking can be kind of annoying so you might have to walk a little ways.
Pipe Trail
Pipe Trail
Fairfax, California, United States (9.5 miles away)
Easy: 3.2 miles, 1-3 hours

This road offers a good place for a hiking, mountain biking and trail running that is not very steep and has options on where you can go. This guide shows a there and back route down the Concrete Pipe Road up the Shaver Grade Road. Even though it is the concrete pipe road it is a dirt road, it is given that name because of concrete pipes that follow...
Mt Barnabe, Samuel P Taylor State Park
Mt Barnabe, Samuel P Taylor State Park
Bolinas, California, United States (10.6 miles away)
 
Moderate: 6.0 miles, Half day
Hike the winding forest trail up reach the sun-bleached summit of Mt Barnabe and views over Marin County.

The Marin headlands across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco offer tons of sightseeing potential, but doesn't everyone know it. Areas like Muir Woods and Stinson Beach are choked with traffic every fair weather weekend. Choose to drive an extra few miles, leaving the mellee behind you and you'll be rewarded with empty roads and quiet trails. We...
Barnabe Peak Loop Hike
Barnabe Peak Loop Hike
Lagunitas, California, United States (10.7 miles away)
 
Moderate: 5.6 miles, 1-3 hours
A morning hike up Barnabe Peak, it's vistas and a return along a Redwood lined creek trail.

A morning hike to the old fire watcher’s tower on Barnaby Peak. A loop back along the ridge's top and down to the canyon floor to Lagunitas Creek. The path then travels along the old railroad right of way (now a portion of the Cross Marin Trail), ultimately returning to the starting point. This hike will take you through several vegetation zones...
Azalea Hill
Azalea Hill
Fairfax, California, United States (10.4 miles away)
Easy: 0.6 miles, 1 hour or less

Azalea Hill offers a great view with a very short hike. A large amount of Marin is visible from here. It would be a really great place to watch a sunrise.
Devils Gulch
Devils Gulch
Samuel Taylor State Park, California, United States (10.5 miles away)
Moderate: 6.2 miles, Half day
6.2 mile trail in Samuel Taylor State Park, California

Devils Gulch is about 6.2 miles long and located near Taylorville (historical), California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day
Bon Tempe Lake
Bon Tempe Lake
Fairfax, California, United States (11.0 miles away)
Easy: 4.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Easy Hike in Fairfax, CA

This guide shows one of the possible routes that is possible at Bon Tempe Lake. Bon Tempe Lake offers a wide variety of activities that are possible. The north side offers an open area, while the other sides over trails that travel through wooded area. Once you get to the dam the trail continues all the way around the lake, but this guide shows joining...
Verna Dunshee Loop Trail around Mt Tamalpais East Peak
Verna Dunshee Loop Trail around Mt Tamalpais East Peak
Marin, California, United States (12.5 miles away)
 
Easy: 0.7 miles, 1 hour or less
Experience some of the best views in the Bay Area along this flat, paved trail. A great hike for young kids.

The Verna Dunshee Loop around the East Peak of Mount Tamalpais (or Mt Tam as locals call it) provides one of the best views of any trail in the Bay Area. The trails is even and paved, but quite narrow and with very steep drops. The trail is easy to find and follow. Just drive up to the East Peak of Mt Tam, which is a very scenic drive in and of itself....
East Peak, Mt. Tamalpais State Park
East Peak, Mt. Tamalpais State Park
Mill Valley, California, United States (12.4 miles away)
 
Easy: 0.5 miles, 1 hour or less
The best panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay Area are just a half-mile hike away atop Mt. Tamalpais.

Hikes don't get much shorter or much better than this half-mile round trip trail to the top of Mt. Tamalpais, just North of San Francisco. Known to locals simply as Mt Tam, Mt. Tamalpais State Park is the perfect day-trip away from the bustle of San Francisco and once you're here it's hard to believe you're just a stone's throw away from the second...
Mount Tam - Southeast Trail
Mount Tam - Southeast Trail
Mill Valley, California, United States (12.9 miles away)
 
Moderate: 5.1 miles, 1-3 hours
Trail from Summit Ave to East Peak.

This is a moderately difficult climb of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California. The top offers an incredible view of the surrounding landscape, this is one of the best views in the Bay Area. The climb is short but has a large elevation gain during the hike. Follow the fire road from the trail head. At 0.2 miles turn up a small path by the waterfalls....
Backpacking at Point Reyes National Seashore
Backpacking at Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes National Seashore, California, United States (13.4 miles away)
 
Sampling Northern California's spectacular coastline on an overnight camp-out.

Point Reyes National Seashore has more natural wonders than you could ever hope to absorb in one day, so you might as well camp out. All four of Point Reyes' hike-in campgrounds have a privy and running water. The main challenge -- almost as daunting as lugging 40 pounds of camping gear several miles on foot -- is securing a campsite: reservations...
Bear Valley to Coast Camp
Bear Valley to Coast Camp
Olema, California, United States (13.4 miles away)
 
Moderate: 6.1 miles, Half day
Short Backpacking trip to Coast Camp

This is a short backpacking trip from the Bear Valley Visitor Center to Coast Camp. This is an overnight trip that can be changed to several different ways back. This is a good short overnight trip. The first two miles is pretty steep up hill and the last four is mostly downhill. There isn't really a lot of flat trail.
Mountain Theater and the Southwest Slope of Mount Tamalpais
Mountain Theater and the Southwest Slope of Mount Tamalpais
Mount Tamalpais State Park, California, United States (13.8 miles away)
 
Easy: 2.0 miles, 1-3 hours
The amazing theater and an afternoon hike on Tam's west slopes

This loop will visit the Mountain Theater and cover a portion of the southern side of Mount Tamalpais ("Mt. Tam"). The trail has frequent vistas of southern Marin and the Bay Area. The start point is fairly high up the side of Mt. Tam on the road to the top. The Mountain Theater has been around since 1913 and has developed into a bit of an...
Point Reyes - Bear Valley Trail, Sky Trail, Horse Trail Loop
Point Reyes - Bear Valley Trail, Sky Trail, Horse Trail Loop
Point Reyes Station, California, United States (13.4 miles away)
Moderate: 15.6 miles, Half day
Loop of trails from Bear Valley Visitor Center in Olema and back.

This guide starts at the Bear Valley Visitor Center near Olema, CA. This is a large area with car parking, horse trailer parking, water trough, hitching racks, picnic areas, restrooms. The visitor center has a very nice interpretive center where you can get free maps and information. You can also visit the Morgan Horse training stable behind the center...
Dipsea Trail-Steep Ravine Loop
Dipsea Trail-Steep Ravine Loop
Mount Tamalpais State Park, California, United States (14.2 miles away)
 
Moderate: 3.8 miles, 1-3 hours
A nice loop in Mount Tamalpais State Park

This hike includes great views of the Bay Area, Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate, Potato Patch, and down the San Mateo Coastline. As the walk progresses the trails will head into Redwood Forest, and drop - really drop - down into the heart of Steep Ravine. The trails become a series of stairs immediately adjacent to a seasonal creek. In some spots it’s...
Mount Tamalpais
Mount Tamalpais
Mill Valley, California, United States (14.2 miles away)
 
Deep woods and towering vistas await at Marin County's most famous peak

Mount Tamalpais State Park is the center of the Bay Area's outdoor universe. The peak rising northwest of Sausalito in Marin County attracts hikers, bikers, equestrians, trail runners and other outdoor enthusiasts from throughout Northern California. While other parks in the region have golden hills, redwood forests, springtime wildflower displays...
Coast View Trail Loop, Mt Tamalpais State Park
Coast View Trail Loop, Mt Tamalpais State Park
Mill Valley, California, United States (14.2 miles away)
 
Moderate: 8.5 miles, Full day
Perfect Mt. Tamalpais coastal scenery, Muir Wood redwoods and a chance to quench your thirst at an old British pub.

Experience many of Mt. Tamalpais' best features on a single loop trail, from chaparral grasslands and dramatic Pacific Ocean views to forest creeks and huge redwoods. Plus the added chance to stop off for a swift pint at an old British pub nearby. Our guide features three different options. The longest options are the 8½ mile and 12½ mile hikes,...
Muir Woods via the Bootjack Trail
Muir Woods via the Bootjack Trail
Mill Valley, California, United States (14.2 miles away)
 
Moderate: 8.9 miles, 1-3 hours
Beat the crowds by walking to famed Muir Woods. 6-mile moderate hike.

Every weekend during the summer months, signs on the main roads in Marin County start reading "Muir Woods Parking Lot Full," leaving those who crave a stroll among the wondrous Muir Woods redwoods two options: take a shuttle or try another day. But there is a third option -- Muir Woods National Monument is only two miles by trail from the Pantoll...
West Point Inn, Mt. Tamalpais SP
West Point Inn, Mt. Tamalpais SP
Mill Valley, California, United States (14.1 miles away)
 
Moderate: 9.0 miles, Full day
Explore the remnants of a bygone era on the slopes of Mt Tamalpais.

There's a way up Mt. Tamalpais for everyone whether you're a biker, hiker, driver or equestrian. Opt for the easy drive-up option and you'll be taking the third of a mile plank-walk to the rocky summit and some of the best views in the bay area, but you'd be missing out on the opportunity to experience some really great Marin hiking trails. Our 9...
Bay Area Wildflower Hikes
Bay Area Wildflower Hikes
Mill Valley, California, United States (14.2 miles away)
 
Springtime brings a remarkable wildflower show to Bay Area hills

Springtime sunshine ignites a blast of color on the hills of the Bay Area. In the best years, hills can be practically painted white, orange, yellow or purple. Even in lean years, wildflower season offers hikers beautiful reminders of the rhythms of life. Wildflower season runs primarily from February through June, peaking in mid-April. Virtually...
The Coastal trail to Alamere Falls
The Coastal trail to Alamere Falls
Bolinas, California, United States (15.4 miles away)
 
Moderate: 8.3 miles, 1-3 hours
A scenic hike in either direction with the creme' de la creme' Alamere Falls as your reward

When you get to Bolinas take Mesa road to the end, the last 1.5 miles is graded not paved. The trail head is well marked on the right side of the parking lot (Palomarin Trailhead), begin your hike with a peak of the ocean through a grove of trees, as the trail winds to the right and back towards to coast your first full view of the ocean appears, the...
Stinson Beach to Mt. Tam East Peak via Matt Davis Trail and Northside Trail
Stinson Beach to Mt. Tam East Peak via Matt Davis Trail and Northside Trail
Stinson Beach, California, United States (14.8 miles away)
Moderate: 16.3 miles, Half day
Hike to the top of Mt. Tam and Bike down

This guide is a hike from Stinson to the East Peak of Mt. Tam via the Matt Davis Trail with a bike ride down the fire road and Panoramic Highway. There is a place to store the bikes up at the East Peak parking lot and lock them up to the bike racks. There is a wide variety of ways to hike up from Stinson and also to come back down. This guide shows...
Palomarin to Alamere Falls
Palomarin to Alamere Falls
Point Reyes National Seashore, California, United States (15.4 miles away)
 
Easy: 8.4 miles, Half day
A great hike from Palomarin to Alamere Falls in Marin County

The Hike to Alamere Falls is a great hike in Marin County, California. The trail starts at the Palomarin Trailhead. The whole hike is pretty flat so it is an easy hike. The first part of the Hike is high along cliffs that drop down to the ocean. After about a mile the Trail will cut inland passing two small lakes (Bass Lake and Pelican Lake). Bass...
Muir Woods National Monument Exploration
Muir Woods National Monument Exploration
Mill Valley, California, United States (14.9 miles away)
Moderate: 6.0 miles, 1-3 hours
You may not think of salmon when visiting the redwoods in Muir Woods, but it's home to a population of Coho Salmon.

You may not think of salmon when visiting the redwoods in Muir Woods, but it’s home to a population of Coho Salmon. Redwood forests provide ideal salmon habitat, providing woody debris to protect young salmon in the creeks and keeping them shaded and cool. But the Coho in Muir Wood’s Redwood Creek are endangered, and local biologists and volunteers...
London Lake Loop
London Lake Loop
Jack London State Historic Park, California, United States (17.2 miles away)
Easy: 2.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Beauty Ranch and London Lake at Jack London State Historic Park

This loop walk will include portions of the Beauty Ranch, the London’s experimental farm, vineyard views, a redwood forest walk, and London Lake. The walk will also take one to start-offs for several additional trails covering the bulk of Jack London SHP. Jack London’s “Beauty Ranch” comprises about 1400 acres stretching from the floor of...
Lower Park Overview, Lack London State Historic Park
Lower Park Overview, Lack London State Historic Park
Jack London State Historic Park, California, United States (17.3 miles away)
Easy: 1.6 miles, 1-3 hours
Loop Walk on the Lower Trails: Happy Walls House and Museum, Jack and Charmian’s Grave Site, Wolf House Ruins, Vineyards

This short hike highlights the lower portion of Jack London SHP. Featured are the Happy Walls House and Museum, Jack and Charmian’s grave site, and the Wolf House Ruins. Started in 1910 the Wolf House was to be a 15,000 square foot home featuring custom furniture, a reflecting pool, and more. In August of 1913, shortly before Jack and his wife...
Angel Island's Perimeter Road
Angel Island's Perimeter Road
Tiburon, California, United States (18.1 miles away)
 
Easy: 5.8 miles, 1-3 hours
Great way to see the Bay

The Perimeter Road provides access to pretty much everything else one can see and do on the island! It's got fantastic views around the bay, it's a fun walk and a pretty good bike ride. When taking a ferry, all walks start at Alaya Cove (formerly Hospital Cove). Pick up a map while there. The Cove also houses segway and bike rentals, a small store...
Wildcat Canyon and Tilden Regional Park Loop
Wildcat Canyon and Tilden Regional Park Loop
East Richmond Heights, California, United States (17.6 miles away)
 
12.9 mile trail in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park

This loop is about 12.9 miles long and located near East Richmond Heights, California. The trail is great for hiking or horseback riding and normally takes a half to full day. Wildcat Canyon Creek Trail to Laurel Canyon Road up to Nimitz Trail. Turn left on Nimitz and continue on Nimitz to Mezue Trail. Follow Mezue down into the valley. At the...
Wildcat Canyon - Tilden Loop II
Wildcat Canyon - Tilden Loop II
East Richmond Heights, California, United States (17.6 miles away)
10.1 mile trail in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park and Tilden Regional Park near East Richmond Heights, California

Wildcat Canyon Tilden Loop is about 10.1 miles long and located near East Richmond Heights, California. The trail is great for horseback riding, hiking, and biking and normally takes 3 - 4 hours. This ride starts at Wildcat Regional Park from the equestrian parking area through the canyon valley on Wildcat Creek Trail and connects to Tilden Regional...
Angel Island State Park
Angel Island State Park
Tiburon, California, United States (18.2 miles away)
 
Easy: 5.5 miles, 1-3 hours
See gorgeous Bay vistas and visit the Immigration Station.

Angel Island State Park offers one of the best ways to see San Francisco Bay from sea level. Fortunate local boat owners have long plied its shoreline and picnicked on its grounds, but the boatless can get in on the fun via ferries that stop on the island. There are good times galore for hikers, bikers and sightseers, but the island has abundant...
Angel Island Science Hike
Angel Island Science Hike
Tiburon, California, United States (18.1 miles away)
 
Moderate: 3.3 miles, Half day
In the middle of San Francisco Bay sits Angel Island State Park, with spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline.

In the middle of San Francisco Bay sits Angel Island State Park, offering spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin Headlands and Mount Tamalpais. The island is also alive with history. Three thousand years ago the island was a fishing and hunting site for Coastal Miwok Indians. It was later a haven for Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de...
Backpacking at Angel Island
Backpacking at Angel Island
Tiburon, California, United States (18.2 miles away)
 
Moderate: 6.0 miles, Multiple days
Camping in the middle of San Francisco Bay offers a window on the region's wonders after dark.

Angel Island can charm the socks off a day-hiker, but it's even better by night, when the state park closes up shop and sends the tourists home. After that, campers lucky enough to reserve one of the island's 11 sites have the place to themselves. Urban attractions ringing San Francisco Bay light up as the night darkens, creating shimmering opportunities...
Angel Island
Angel Island
San Francisco, California, United States (18.1 miles away)
Moderate: 6.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Picture perfect San Francisco Bay views on this tranquil tour of a remote island with hardly a car in sight.

Away from the hustle of the city, Angel Island offers a retreat to tranquility surrounded by magnificent San Francisco Bay views. This six mile biking tour is great for both beginners and intermediate cyclists, highlights all of the major sights, an occasional side-trips and introduces some of the island history. If you're concerned about hills,...