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Best Trails near Mill Valley, California

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on Muir Woods Trail
7 days ago

The redwoods are amazing if you are in this area you should definitely check them out. The trail is well constructed and maintained. It is a national park so there is a park fee but it's worth it.

on Dipsea Trail from Muir Wo...
9 days ago

hiking

Picking up the Dipsea Trail at Muir Woods is a great option because the parking is free and pretty safe as well as mostly shaded plus it is such a beautiful area. The trail is in good condition, steep in parts but very doable even for the occasional hiker. Bring protection from the sun even on cloudy days. The trail is usually wide and when you get to Stinson Beach lots of places to eat and shop. Highly recommend.

on Muir Woods Trail
12 days ago

hiking

This is my first time here and I just love it. I can't wait to go back again. Hope will be soon.

on Camino Alto Fire Road - Alto Bowl
16 days ago

Great trail but definitely would not rate it as, "difficult". Rather, it should be called, "easy"

on Blithedale Ridge Trail
16 days ago

My dog Santino and I loved this trail!

on Muir Woods Trail
19 days ago

hiking

Beautiful trail among the redwoods!

on Verna Dunshee Trail and P...
21 days ago

trail running

The Verna Dunshee trail is a paved trail that gives you a unique 360 degree view of the area. We took a detour to descend onto the Temelpa trail for about 1/2 mile, then ran back up. Overall a nice trail, if a bit touristy.

We enjoyed the smaller but steeper Plank Trail better. Once you reached the top, be sure to explore behind the fire lookout, there are some skinny trails and even better views back there.

Bring exact change for the $8 parking fee - you just stuff it into a registration envelope. We only had a $10 bill so we went with that.

on Muir Woods Trail
23 days ago

hiking

on Muir Woods and Tourist Cl...
26 days ago

hiking

Great way to beat the crowds not deal with the crowds at the Muir Woods main entrance. We were able to show our friends who were visiting the Bay Area the main Muir Woods grove and got a good workout also. It's ended up being a 7.5 mile loop, we probably added an extra mile by walking around in Muir Woods .

on Temelpa Trail
27 days ago

hiking

Since it was a Saturday in a historically crowded spot (Mount Tamalpais,) my father and I decided to venture up a less trafficked loop in Temelpa Trail, then complete the loop by heading down a fire road. This was an amazing hike for a variety of reasons, one being you can take your pet on this trail and tire him/her out very quickly.

The trailhead is not marked with gates or maps, just a sign indicating you're going up the correct trail. Parking is scarce. There's one spot a few feet away from the trailhead that can house one car, with another ~50 feet further up the road that can house two cars. There is also strategic parking along the side of Summit Road, but beware that it may be difficult to find space for your car.

Right off the bat, the trail offers an amazing view of Richmond, blanketed by fog in the morning. The first leg is well marked and includes steps to help with the elevation gain. After the first leg, you have a triple junction. The ones off to the left and right are fire roads, while the one in the middle resembles a dried-up, rocky creek. Guess which one this one heads up on!

You'll begin sweating heavily by the time you reach the switchbacks. It'll be hot- 80-85 in the summer- with little shade. It's worth it, however, because you get an amazing view of Richmond, Mount Diablo, and a thick blanket of fog covering the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. The climb will make your calves feel fiery (along with your upper legs, depending on your pace.) Eventually, you'll reach a paved road that leads to the summit.

Heading down, I took a connector to Wheeler Trail. It's [connector trail] marked on the map as an established trail, but it's incredibly narrow with loose rocks. Worse yet, if you fall, you could land on one of the various cockleburs spread throughout the trail. I fell and got a handful of them embedded in my palm. Hurts, but it's part of hiking. The descent on this trail (check my uploaded track to see which trail; I added waypoint) is treacherous when combined with the loose rocks and the washout.

We reached Wheeler trail. The descent is moderate with a few switchbacks and would be very good practice for a casual walker. Bonus: there's a large creek with a trickle of running water (added waypoint for that, too) that you can use to wash the dried sweat off your face. Felt amazing. At the end, we merged back onto Temelpa Trail and completed one of the best hikes in the Bay Area.

Lunch: I recommend stopping by Tony Tutto's Pizza on the way back. Vegan options and very healthy, tasty pizza with various salads and beverages available. One of the best post-hike lunches I've had this year. Have fun hiking, I heavily recommend this trail!

on Tennessee Valley Golden G...
1 month ago

Grab a partner in crime and conquer the entire loop with the greatest scenery. Good workout. Great views. We hiked it on a Sunday afternoon, so it wasn't too busy. 'Twas perfect

on Muir Woods: Ben Johnson t...
1 month ago

hiking

Beautiful trail, the first half is pretty much all climb, really enjoyed it.

on Mt.Tamalpais South Side Ramble Trai...
1 month ago

Great but hot lol

on Temelpa Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Awesome high peak trail. Lots of elevation gain - not for the casual walker. The better the shoe the better - doing this trail with thin sneakers would have been difficult as there's a lot of rock slides.