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hiking
9 days ago

A real gem! Beautiful hike with plenty of shade including redwoods In one area. Not all of the trails are marked, the AllTrails map was appreciated. There’s currently a lot of poison oak and it’s buggy in some places since there’s still some water in the creeks. I can imagine it will be gorgeous in the winter after it rains.

Beautiful 2hr loop.

hiking
18 days ago

Nice and shady - beautiful redwoods and firs.

All I can say is, come prepared if you have not hiked this trail before or even one like it. It will humble you if you are in decent shape, your muscles will burn and turn into jelly, and you will feel accomplished when you reach the top!

Poles or walking sticks would make this an easier trek as the terrain is a little loose at times.

Great hike, not too many views since the fog was covering the majority of the trail. Make sure to go on a clear day.

I took the trail clockwise, and that's probably the easier way, where you start by going up. Because of the fires north of Napa, morning was hazy and so the weather was very comfortable, even mid-day in late August. The hike is beautiful, highly recommended.

trail running
25 days ago

The hill is a bit more than an easy little incline, in my opinion! But I was running. My legs definitely feel this one.
I went Friday at 1:30pm and saw very few people.

Fairly easy and nice long walk

I feel like this trail was pretty moderate. If you aren’t use to hiking up pretty steep inclines, this hike may not be for you. Make sure you don’t miss the Wolf Ridge trail head. Heading up near Hill 88 had me distracted and I never saw it. If you hit the graffiti then head back down the hill and look to your right for the trail head.

Good hike - views were nice. Parking lot is really small but since we went on a weekday we got a spot. Very steep near the start but otherwise a pleasant hike. Saw lots of lizards and a baby king snake. Got engulfed in a ladybug swarm which was a little strange! Can get a little warm in spots but not bad even in summer.

Easy trail, lots of parking right near the beach.

The trail is mostly fire roads with a short section on stairs. There are several areas that have been rerouted because of closures.

The eastern half coming down from Hill 88 is slightly boring as there aren’t many views and you can’t see the beach. There were several Batteries and other historic things to see along the way.

Nice and easy hike, beautiful views.

Beautiful hike; most of it is shaded which is nice on a hot day, steady elevation, easy parking and easy to follow. One thing though is there are no bathrooms so plan accordingly :)

This was a pretty okay trail. A little rocky in certain places but some nice views. It as about 10 degrees warmer there than the weather app said so dress in layers! Good thing is not a ton of traffic but the trails could have been marked better.

Great loop with a nice stopover on hill 88. Takes 2-3 hours with leisurely pace.

hiking
2 months ago

A decent hike with a variety of terrain and amazing panoramic views. The first 3 miles were relatively easy, and mostly shaded. The last two miles were a lot of elevation gain. The ground was often rocky and uneven for large areas of the path.

No drinking water anywhere, bring your own gallon jug, ticks everywhere. Will not do again.

Great for trail running

Great hike for lots of variety to keep kids entertained.

2 months ago

Depending on which way you go, this hike was hard. We got lost so we ended up doing about a six mile hike that was suppose to be four miles. Be sure to remember your route or use the all trails tracker. Overall, it was a great experience.

Relaxing trail with a little bit incline to keep it interesting. Good views but mostly covered by the foliage.

The hike started off subtle. We were hiking on flat gravel then the trail began to incline & it became more steeper the further we went. The view was beautiful. I brought binoculars & go to see a deer. Make sure you bring lots of water. I enjoyed it I would go back !

Fair to moderately complex hike with beautiful views. It earns the moderate complexity from loose gravel, large rocks, and some steep grades. However these are all intermittent and are easily traversed. I recommend a pair of trekking poles to navigate these areas more easily. Some of the views along this trail are absolutely stunning, and the change in scenery and microclimates as you hike are really fascinating. The fog adds an extra layer of beauty if you go before noon.

If you’re trying to access the trailhead from the Mount Tamalpais parking lot, you will need to walk down the road a little bit to find it. It is clearly marked with a trail marker. Note that you will need exact change ($8 cash, USD—foreign currency not excepted) to park in the parking lot. I tracked my hike with an app and it measured just over 5 miles. Not sure if it was me wandering around too much or if the measurement is off.

Beautiful hike by the coast. A little windy near the water, but views are worth it at the top!

Loved this loop. Steady elevation gain w/no super steep areas, lovely shade through stands of oaks and redwoods. Easy parking along the side of the road where pavement turns to dirt. A bit of a hidden gem.

The trail wound sharply at spots with varied amounts of shade - some spots were very shady, and some spots were in the full sun on this clear, sunny, hot summer day. The foliage was a mix of medium-size and large trees with some brush and bushes mixed in. Encountered some redwood groves too. The view from the mid-peak is stunningly beautiful, as is the view from the nearby fire tower (not part of the trail). Make sure to buy a more detailed map at the visitor's center near the parking lot or use an app like Gaia. The free map from the visitor's center is not detailed enough and may lead you in the wrong direction. Overall we had a wonderful day!

Fantastic hike. Challenging in the beginning, but well worth it for the views. The ocean breezes are heavenly and the route is not very crowded. Not a very complicated route, just pay attention.

on Big Trees Trail

3 months ago

What a surprise! Equal to the best trails in Marin and Sonoma counties. Misty day, but a great showcase for the Redwoods and ferns that dominated the trail. Will be hiking the trail again on a hot, sunny day just to enjoy the contrast.

Great view but easy to get lost. After 8 miles later and enjoying the beach I had to take a taxi back.

3 months ago

Great views and perfect Sunday distance

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