Barnabe Peak Loop via Barnabee Road and Cross Marin Trail

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Barnabe Peak Loop via Barnabee Road and Cross Marin Trail is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lagunitas, CA that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

6.1 miles 1798 feet Loop




mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


no dogs

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 and is a real wildflower treat in the early spring. It offers sweeping vistas of a number of watersheds, parts of west and southern Marin, Mount Tam, and Tomales Bay. Barnaby Road and the Cross Marin Trail are bike and horse friendly. As with most state parks, dogs should be left behind. The park has a number of additional trails, some of which interconnect with regional open space trail systems.

25 days ago

Very nice hike. Lots to look at and well marked path. Someone said it's closed, but that is incorrect. The loop is closed but you can still hike up the peak. Great workout for someone doing trail runs that wants to get some steep elevation. To get to the beginning just walk up devil canyon road and where the road splits to form a trail and road veer right on the trail. This will take you to a bridge which begins the ascent the real trail

26 days ago

Nice trail through some woods and heading above Lagunitas. Views on the top of the ridge are great. Can see Tomales Bay and other vistas. Trail is pretty well traveled. We went counter-clockwise starting from Samuel P Taylor SP day use area.

Barnabe Fire Road is open. The only closed trail in the area is Bill's Trail, which will apparently be under restoration for several more years. There are alternatives that take you to Barnabe Peak, such as Barnabe FR / Gravesite Trail.

4 months ago

The loop is closed and apparently has been closed for two years. It also does not look like it will be opened any time soon. This could have been a beautiful hike. This hike should be noted as CLOSED so others don't drive there only to discover it is closed off.

5 months ago

Great paved be unpaved trails. The backcountry hiking leads to small pools throughout the creek.

7 months ago

This hike is actually in Lagunitas not Nicascio and part of Samuel P Taylor Park.
Steep hike but worth the view. We only went up to the peak and back. Which is about 2 miles up and 2 miles back. The original trail is closed. The hike is beautiful going through forest and stream, up through open space and beautiful views of West Marin. Enjoy

1 year ago

There are many short easy trails next to the creek. great for kids.

1 year ago


1 year ago

nice, steep hike 2 miles up to Barnabe Peak. elevation change of about 1200'.

2 years ago

Nice hike, well documented. Only thing I would add is that the parking at the trail-head itself is not allowed for day hikers (there are signs now, and we were also warned by other park visitors). Park across the road in normal parking adjacent to where you can pay entry fee.

Thanks for documenting a really nice hike!

5 years ago

This is an excellent guide, Craig. Loop hikes are the way to go. Keep 'em coming.