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13 days ago

Arrived at 9 am and completed around noon. Pretty hike with lots of variation of height, steams, and views. Very dog friendly which was nice. Was a bit wet when I went due to recent rainfall which made parts muddy. Was very packed when we left at noon

Good for trail running...

Nice trail! Make sure you’ve got good hiking shoes because on the way down it can get slippery. Saw a few bikers and hikers along the way but it was far from crowded. A lot of the hike isn’t shaded so bring hats and sunscreen. Lots of bugs so bug spray/repellant is a good idea too. We actually started the trail from a different point than the app suggests, on west Blithedale Ave, and eventually hit the Blithedale ridge trail. Blithedale stops at some point and forks into some other trails that you can take. We walked along Indian fire road a bit and then went back down the same way. Creature sitings included banana slugs, hawks, chipmunks, lizards, and squirrels.

Really nice hike, lots of steep uphills with rewarding end at the lake- went on a Saturday in February and there was no one else at the lake when we got there. We did somehow take a wrong turn on the way back and ended up walking back to the trailhead via the road, so take care with directions.

Cold if you're in the mountains shade. There are much better hikes on Tam!

One of the better hikes in Marin. It's good hard work but well worth it as there are some great views and much of the hike has a great vibe. Lots of birds - i suppose that it's spring and the chicks have hatched. Definitely heard plenty of little chirp chirp sounds.

What a beautiful trail. I did the complete 2 lake loop. Most of the trail is undercover of the beautiful forest with views of the lake. I really flat kind of rolling with a couple short hills. Trail surface is pretty hard pack. But there is places that roots and rock mess with balance. The only restrooms are porta potty’s. They were very clean the day I was there.

Good track, and incredible views, particularly on a sunny day. Some of the views are displayed in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slkEDAQakE0

Trail is open (Jan15).
Good loop. Busy for first 1.2 miles and then very quiet. Steep climb. Beautiful views.

Gorgeous hike! Nice challenge but not prohibitively so. Great views of rodeo beach, sf and Marin.

Great hike with great views. Not too many people when I hiked it. Sunset is the best.

hiking
3 months ago

Short but good

Great hike, definitely not dog friendly though :(

So scenic and otherworldly because of fog that rolled in. We saw no one the whole time we were there. Fantastic memory!

Easy fun loop that we can take the pup along. Half shady, half sun. Take the sunny side first so you're not facing the sun while walking.

The direction here will take you to a wrong address which is the other side of the mountain where DOG IS NOT ALLOWED. If you want to do the loop where dog is allowed you will have to go to Marine Headlands Visitor Center. The lady rangers here were nice enough to let us know and gave us the right direction but the guy ranger was rude even after we let him know the lady already let us know that dog is not allowed in our way out.

Gorgeous trail. Not too crowded on pretty Saturday. Don’t forget to pay for parking *$50 ticket for me!*

this is a great hike! I turned on my GPS tracker and it's 9 miles. be aware of that!

hiking
7 months ago

Great views unsheltered fire roads where a little hot. Start early if it is going to be a warm day.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Excellent, peaceful long walk around the water. Half the hike was sunny and half shaded. The breeze on the lake makes this an easy and enjoyable walk.

9 months ago

This trail is closed due to fire danger :(

Get there early on a weekend for parking. Great 360 degree views.

Strenuous hike with some great views.

Would like to keep this one a secret but that is not what we do on All Trails - great hike. BTW - at least 8 miles. Not much parking and be prepared to drive on a few one lane roads in a residential area to get to the TH. A lot of variety on the trail + also some ups & downs but well worth it. Didnt see anyone on the trail. I made two small changes to the original trail 1) when you get closer to the lake, the original map has you going left on Grassy Knoll - go right on Continental Cove. You go up a little however there is a stretch of about a 1/2 mile that is just amazing - so Green even when everything in the Bay is Brown/Gold. This trail also connects back to the lake and Grassy Knoll 2) Near the end of the hike before you go down Candace Canyon - keep going (maybe 2 minutes) to Manzanita Fire road for some great views of the Hills. Double back and connect on CC trail. One down side - no great views of the lake but still a great hike

Did this trail a few weeks ago- enjoyed the variation in scenery. Got to see a beautiful osprey tending to its chicks in one of the high trees on the way down to Kent Lake.

One of the best flat hikes you can do in the area. The trail hugs tightly against the beautiful lakes virtually the whole way. Be one with nature already.

hiking
10 months ago

This is truly a lovely trail around a serene lake, or lakes, if you include Bon Tempe. Narrow 1-person trails meander through tall forests full of gorgeous flora and fauna.

4/5 for confusing trail signs. Choose a trail name and stick with it.

hiking
10 months ago

Pretty flat trail looping around the lake. The trail was pretty rocky and had lots of roots sticking up in places. Well maintained and definitely quite beautiful. A few port-a-potties available along the route. Half the trail was in the shade and the other half in the sun with a nice breeze blowing. Went with two 5-year-olds, and somehow it took 6 hours! We did stop for lunch for an hour and little pit stops at some of the "beaches." It felt much longer than 4 miles. We saw wild turkeys, deer, ducks, herons, buzzards, and lizards, most with babies in tow, which were adorable. I am worn out, but I would come back again. Parked on Rocky Ridge Rd near the dam between Alpine and Bon Tempe lakes. There was a machine on the way in that took cash or credit cards for the $8 parking fee and spit out a receipt to display on your dash. Easy.

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