Waterfall Trail to Indian Valley

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Waterfall Trail to Indian Valley is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Novato, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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.

3.3 miles 567 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


Indian Valley Fire rd then take the fork to the left to the Waterfall trail.

19 days ago

1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Hiked the trails with my kids and they loved it.

4 months ago

Do it often as we don't have to drive. Best in the winter or early spring after some rain. A few spur options also.

6 months ago

Great place to hike all year round. In winter, creeks and waterfall are running. In summer, it's good too because most of the trails are in the shade. Park near the sports fields and walk to right of base field. Go through open space gate and turn right onto Ad Schwindt Trail. It winds through dense forest of bay trees and ferns. Go left briefly when you get to fire road then turn right on Buzzard Burn Trail. A steep climb. Turn left at top onto Witzel Trail which winds downhill through forest adjacent to streams. Cross footbridge and turn right again onto fire road. Now you can either walk back to your car or you can turn right onto Waterfall Trail for another loop. This is a must after some rain. Very beautiful.

8 months ago

Love this one. I've been doing it for 11 years, never get sick of it.

9 months ago

9 months ago

9 months ago

Great, can get crowded on weekends but there are enough offshoots that it's easy to get away from the main trail

1 year ago

Great for a local hike! I usually start at the college parking lot ($4) Most trails loop and take 45min-1:30. Great Nature views and you can easily make it more challenging by.... TRAILBLAZING!

Its illegal... But You can hike over the top ( by the 2 towers) through H Ranch and get to San Rafael (Lucas Valley) Literally atop of Lucas Films. HORSE AND BIKE ARE ALLOWED IN MOST AREAS.

1 year ago

Jan 5th, 45 minutes on "Horse loop" named after the horses corralled on the left of the trail. Easy hike great for interval training. Repeated again on Friday Jan 9th- 50 minutes , Jan 6th did Buzzard hill at IV for 90 minutes.Sat Jan 10th - switchback for 60 minutesFriday Jan 16th with Katherine - 45 min Wed Jan 21- longer hike up switchback to fence- 90 minutes, Thur Jan 22- Clarke Melone loop- 45 minutes, Monday Jan 26th - 45 min Friday 30th - interval training to Roy Orbison music- 50 minutes. - 8 times during Jan 2015.

1 year ago

Jan 3rd - flat walk thru Indian Valley Preserve - 45 minutes

4 years ago

Not challenging terrain at all.