Baltimore Canyon, Dawn Falls Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Larkspur, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Hike through lush wooded, fern covered canyons. Pass waterfalls and enjoy stunning SF Bay Vistas. This is a great trail to hike or run, even during or after rainfalls. For longer hike, park near Dolliver Park on Madrone Road. Walk a few blocks to Foley - take a left. Look for stairs after the third house on the left. Take a right at top of stairs and follow the narrow road until the end. There is a trail head sign for Lower Baltimore Canyon trail. Continue approx. one mile to a wooden bridge, where the Upper Baltimore Canyon trail begins. Continue .5-.75 and keep an eye out for the trail going up hill to the right. Cross the small creek and head up Lady Bug Trail to King Mt. Loop. At junction, continue straight, then go left to Wilson Trail. Cross a fire road. Turn right, heading down gravel path. For shorter hike, go left on King Mt. Loop to Dawn Falls or continue past gate on Ridgecrest Rd. Take left at Evergreen Dr. Left on Crown Rd. Becomes Blithedale Summit Fire Rd. Look for Dawn Falls Creek Trail on left just before suspension pipe.
Great Hike - even in the rain - interesting to be walking so close to houses at the start - Green everywhere - just pass the falls, i kept going up to the Hoo-Koo-E-Kool trail, amazing views of the Bay and Richmond Bridge
I went a day after it rained and it was so beautiful!
For the first mile or so, you're basically in people's backyards. But the rest of the hike is secluded and beautiful. Steep in parts, and you can really make this hike as long or short as you want it to be.
Great rainy day hike with rewarding waterfall and beautiful vistas from the fire road. Descent can be a bit tricky, especially if you have a baby strapped to your back, like I did, but overall I highly recommend this trail. Also, be careful not to miss the intersection that takes you back to the portal.
This trail is entirely through the trees and shade. The pups and I loved it! I went counter clockwise. The lower part is along a stream and is mostly flat. There is one steep uphill with stairs and switchbacks, 10 minutes or so running. The return is along a mixed use fire road (not a trail). I did miss the first downhill turn off the fire road to the lower part and just took the next one. That downhill trail was loose dirt and a careful walk. The fire road had water and a dish for the pups, which was a nice surprise.
For parking, I didn't follow Piedmont all the way up to the few parking spots and just parked on Magnolia and ran to the trail.
It seems there are several other trails adjoining this that could make for a longer run or hike. I will run this one again.
Great place for a trail run with some switchbacks and redwoods.
Great spot to hike with the Pooch.