Ring Mountain Open Space Trails is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Corte Madera, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Ring Mountain is a 2.8 mile loop trail located near Corte Madera, California. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking. Hike up to the summit of Ring Mountain at 602' for stunning views Ring Mountain is part of the Marin County Parks Open Spaces offering amazing 360 degree views of Tiburon, Corte Madera, and on a clear day, even across the bay into San Francisco. The main trail itself is rather short and steep in some sections which provide an elevation gain of 500+ ft (depending where you start). There are several trails throughout the open space to explore and there is also multiple access points to the top. Trail activities include: hiking, walking, trail running, photography, wildflowers, birding, and rock climbing at Turtle Rock.
My wife and I went here for an evening hike and it was amazing with a clear day you can see as far as San Francisco and the Oakland Temple. Beautiful trees, rocks to climb and amazing views. Great place to have a picnic!
The Ring Mountain trail system provides some of the best views of San Francisco available in Marin County. From the top looking south, hikers can see the Bay Bridge, San Quentin, the city and many other treats.
Trails here are steep and moderately difficult. Rock outcrops along the trails are worth keeping watch, but the conditions on the trail are mostly smooth and clean. Dogs and trail runners are common, but so are tourists and those who don't regularly hike but appreciate marvelous views.
I recommend going slightly before sunset to catch the falling sun land behind the hills to the west. The best views here are toward the city and back to the east. The kaleidoscope of colors during a Northern California sunset are a sight to behold!
views are fabulous
Pretty hike when when the weather is clear. Not a very strenuous hike.
Beautiful hike! I would give it at least an hour to really take it all in. Spectacular views from the top. App states this is a "difficult " hike, but I would call it moderate at best.
Ring Mountain has steep, but short, fire-roads with a few single tracks intertwined great for early morning/after work hikes. This is a good place to do some short trail running too, you should be able to link enough trails to get an hours run in before you get bored. Dogs are ok off-leash on the fire-roads as long as they are obedient and respond to voice commands. Some light bouldering can be done on Turtle Rock (a large rock towards the top).
Even though Ring Mountain is one of my favorites places to go (mainly because of location), I give it a 4 only because the amount of time spent here is limited by its small space.