trail running
21 days ago

Great place for a trail run with some switchbacks and redwoods.

Great spot to hike with the Pooch.

1 month ago

Directions confusing. When u reach Crown Road turn left. Do not go up Dawn Falls trail ahead. Go down Barbara Spring trail which is very steep and rocky. Nice
Shady hike.

Great hiking. As usual got lost as we lost the signal and missed a turn. Ended going higher up and were rewarded with views of the bay. It was an excellent hike with diversity which really was a nice surprise.

Pretty scenery, lots of wildlife. Very simple trail, does incline your heart rate at some parts. Pretty views at the top. You are next to a neighborhood for about half of the time. If you don't mind that, great trail.

Great short hike. The water is kinda low, not much water over the falls right now.

Muir Woods-like experience.

Great moderate hike! Beautiful scenery ! Parking can be difficult.

Wonderful rain hike. Water everywhere.

Such a great find, right near Larkspur. Beautiful, dark, mossy forest with lots of water action. Parking (in a neighborhood) can be tough. Easy hike with little ones and dogs.

I walked the 8+ miles on a cloudy and drizzling morning .. but I give 4 stars on account of the likely great views on a clear day.
This is a glass-half-full / glass-half-empty kind of hike: very easy access to nature because Baltimore Canyon is so close to the center of Marin and right at the edge of Larkspur... but also a bit too close to the urban centers in several places. Nevertheless, there is plenty to enjoy along the way, starting with the walk up Baltimore Canyon and then the short climb to Dawn Falls, and beyond and up to Crown Road (Southern Marin Line). That initial section of the trail is probably the most "intimate' (traffic notwithstanding) and beautiful.

Once on Crown road and for a fairly level section, I headed south for 1 mile to the switchback cut-off up to the Blithesdale Ridge Fire road which I followed North, pass the Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail and until I reached the cut-off to Indian Fire Road (high point of the hike). The Blithesdale Fire Road rides the very ridge top and is therefore a bit of a roller-coaster; this is however a good section for sweeping views to the NorthWest on a sunny day.

After the cut-off to Indian Fire road, the Blithesdale Ridge Fire Road descends to the intersection of Hoo-Koo-E-Koo and the Corte Madera trail. I took the fairly steep Corte Madera Trail down to the creek bed and the junction with the (Mountain Bikers favorite) Old Railroad Grade fire road. The trail is narrow and not too easy to navigate with a combination of rocky and roots--rich spots.

I continued down on Old Railroad Grade, turning left at the bottom to climb back up to Blithesdale Ridge by the way of the H Line Fire Road to then retrace my step back quickly to Crown Road. I pursued South on Crown Road all the way to the steep and slippery descent towards Baltimore Canyon and Piedmont Road. From Piedmont road, the last stretch of this hike mostly follows the SouthWest bank of Baltimore Canyon to finally close the loop

Nice summer trail in the woods, protected from the sun. The closer you get to Crown Road the stepper it gets, but it has some steps. This trail can be used as gateway to reach the East Peak of Mount Tamalpais.

Quite beautiful, which of course is typical of this awesome place we love called Marin. I was lucky to see two rare spotted owls during the trek and great views of the bay.
Typical of nearly all the trails in Marin, there were a multitude of plastic bags filled with dog feces left along the trail which had clearly been there for quite some time. This practice will continue to baffle and frustrate me.

Went up to the falls and back with 3 kids under 5. Generally was really great, some steep dropoffs by the falls were challenging for the kids, but overall enjoyable.