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 1509 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.

3 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.

4 months ago

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

5 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'.

5 years ago

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