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The trails of Marin County span the entire north bay area. They include trails in Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands, Point Reyes National Seashore, a variety of open spaces, Mount Tamalpais State Park and Tomales Bay State Park. The county of Marin is also home to many small town escapes such as Inverness, Ross, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Sausalito, and Point Reyes Station. Ferry services are available from both San Francisco and the East Bay Area. Many of these trails, specifically in the Marin Headlands, offer sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. Mount Tamalpais State Park provides visitors with a plethora of outdoor activities such as all level hiking and mountain biking to bird watching and kid friendly nature walks. Point Reyes National Seashore offers a variety of sandy beaches including Dillon Beach, bird watching and incredible coastal views. Muir Woods is home to a high concentration of old growth redwoods and includes hiking trails through dense forested areas and includes both Cathedral Grove and Bohemian Grove. Whatever outdoor activity you're looking for, the trails within Marin County have you covered.

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Gorgeous trail. It is moderate as there is a lot of rocks and consistently uphill for the first mile of the loop. Gorgeous views as you climb up. My 5 and 7 year old enjoyed it.

beautiful hike! and the views from top are just majestic! there are multiple campgrounds on the way where you can refill water, also the visitor center at the top has drinks/snacks. the last section has a bit of scrambling/rocky trail, other than that all the trails were gorgeous. we took a different route on the way back to cut the length/elevation a bit short (old railroad grade + Nora trail)

hiking
1 day ago

Great cardio both on the way up and down, great views along the way. Rattlesnake along the trail on the way up, beware.

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no shade
rocky
1 day ago

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rocky
1 day ago

It was pretty don’t get me wrong. But i was kind of disappointed that there wasn’t more water and the waterfalls were tiny. Definitely wait and go after it rains a few more times or during winter. After all the pictures and amazing reviews, i just felt that it didn’t live up to the hype. Also, parking is not amazing. I got lucky Bc it was a cloudy day and not many people out. But there’s only room for 15 or so cars on the sides of the road by the trail head.

Great trail, great views

Just hiked this in the complete fog and it was spooky and beautiful. Loved it. I brought three beginner hikers and they were totally fine on it too. Trail seems to get busier the closer to Muir you get. 10/10 would do again.

It was well worth it today. I hiked this trail for the first time. The weather was perfect for this hike, somewhat foggy and cool. I had beautiful views of the beach; on the way back the sun came out a little and I was able to see San Francisco in the distance. I would rate this hike as moderate.

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no shade
rocky
1 day ago

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rocky
1 day ago

Would recommend hiking during or right after some rain.

Beautiful short trial that kicks your ass. It’s rating is deceiving. It starts out wide and flat then straight up for almost a mile then straight down a rocky, narrow trail for .5 miles. Definite payoff when you get to the cove! Definitely a great work out! Gorgeous views!

on Dias Ridge

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rocky
1 day ago

There is ample Parking, the trail head is in the Bear Valley Visitor Center. (Great place to pick up trail maps which have a more detailed descriptions). The grade wasn’t comfortable for me to run very far, squeezed out 3 miles, the incline was too much for my S Florida sea level legs. The path is wide and beautiful. Lots of lush landscape. Couldn’t attest to the route further.

mountain biking
rocky
2 days ago

Fun trail for speed

Excellent hike and beautiful views, but lots of people and we almost missed the trail to the waterfalls.

Some nice quiet stretches and also some super busy (lots of people) stretches.

Outstanding.. so crisp and clear, so encouraging and fun.. also.. lower levels of the trails are packed with people after 10am

It was really nice and shaded! The views were amazing and the end destination was so worth it.

Mellow and fun trail. Beautiful views at the end and the scrambly parts are super fun but make sure you have some grippy shoes. Was pretty unfortunate how much litter and graffiti was on this trail though... come on people!

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rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Beautiful views of some of the ocean but mostly the redwood forest. Foggy and slightly chilly, it was still beautiful and good hiking weather. We got lost and took an approximately 1 mile detour going counter clockwise. Follow signs for the ranger station. We also used the "alternative trail route" that was easier to find and had more parking. Parking is hard to find. Regardless, it was one of the most beautiful hikes in northern California!

Lovely hike, as advertised, but we did both lakes it my Fitbit said it was more like 6.5-7miles and took us about 3hrs with a stop for lunch. At least 50% in the shade which was great. Lots of place to pull off the trail to hang out, have lunch, relax, or for our black dog to dip into the lake. Lakes are so pretty and it’s nice that the trail provides such mixes views and access. We thoroughly enjoyed hiking here.

I hiked from the Candelero access to Kent Lake via Caterpillar trail which was 4 miles to the lake. Returning via San Geronimo Ridge and Boulder Springs is 3.9 miles. It’s a beautiful, shaded hike and is close to 8 miles in length.

Really nice hike, was about 2.5 hours with a stop at the top. Great views but pretty steep consistently.

Trail was easy to follow and is well maintained. Note that there is one restroom only, on the campsite right before reaching the beach.

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