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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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Try to go all the way to the end to see the cliffs

Just did this. The Drake View section was overgrown and covered in Poison Oak (PO) for probably a mile. I was wearing shorts so hoping for the best now! Aside from that the views were limited, might be that I was concentrating on the PO.

Amazing! Great trail run

Great loop to stop mid way and take in the views of the whole Bay Area!

I added more of the Sky Trail and connected back via Baldy trail to Bear Valley. The Sky trail is especially wonderful. I saw few people on all the legs except Bear Valley

Nice trail. No cover but great views of the ocean

Amazing views. Mostly easy but worth pushing through on those difficult patches.

Nice trail for a stroll. Clear, wide paths to accommodate the traffic passing back and forth. Went out at dusk to catch the sunset. Difficulty changes to moderate if you choose to make it a loop and take the barely there trail connecting to the Coastal Trail.

Fantastic hike with a variety of terrain. Fairly difficult but very worthwhile. Would recommend starting early as the peak gets very hot, and on the steepest section no less. Matt Davis on the way down was a good call - shaded, cool, and atmospheric.

One of the most amazing views in a hike. The trail does get quite rocky and dusty. Recommend carrying a sweatshirt. The beach views are out of the world. Must do.

hiking
no shade
1 day ago

Not to be missed !!

hiking
1 day ago

As another reviewer mentioned, the first part of this trail is really steep and probably more moderate level.

Wanted an easy trail with great views and that’s what I got! Went down on the side trails and got even better views. Side trails are wide enough but I would keep a good distance from the cliffs, definitely easy to loose your stepping. The drive in I saw some deers super close to the road. On the drive back I saw a coyote walk right past my car and also some elk in the distance. Great hike, checked out the beach after and it was awesome too.

The trail itself has some beautiful views of the Pacific. The beach was pretty empty for a hot, sunny day. The ascent back up is tough.

The views out towards the ocean on this trail are magnificent on a clear day. Rolling hills leading to the sea. Absolutely gorgeous!

Gorgeous! Shaded and steep in the beginning, open and exposed with coastal views at the end. Don’t forget an ice cream at parkside and sitting on Stinson beach at the end to enjoy it!

Dog friendly! Excellently challenging hike.

mountain biking
1 day ago

Amazing!

Spectacular views! Pacific Ocean, Marin city, woods, sunshine, and river. Everything is perfect! Super recommend it

What a great hike today! Hiked several trails in beautiful bright sunshine! Bring lots of water. Lots of ascents to beautiful views of the ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, and the city. Also got treated to a show by The Blue Angels! Had lunch at (clothing optional) Black Sand Beach and took a swim.

Hiked 5 miles of this trail starting and finishing out of Muir Woods. Elevation changes and beautiful scenery. Redwoods and wildlife. Loved it!!

Good bit but overgrown but nice. Had used the mountain bike filter so rode out but a good portion was no bikes, so I pushed mine a bit.

hiking
5 days ago

awesome trail

Gorgeous in the fall. Don't start too late in the day-took us 5.5 hours with stops for lunch, snacking, and view taking.

hiking
no shade
5 days ago

An overall easy-to-moderate hike. You’ll find beautiful views of the Pacific right as you start the trail. Fun is when you have the company of Tule elks in groups all along your trail. The last 1.5 miles of the trail is not maintained and is sandy! So, a little work out should be expected. Plan your day for the sunset! If you’re a sunset lover as I am, plan your day such that you reach the trail head back out, right before the sun sets so that you won’t have to hike much in the dark. I would totally go back only for the mesmerizing frame as I watched the slow decent of the sun turning the landscape gold and painting the sky in a dazzling array of pink and orange hues.

hiking
over grown
5 days ago

Not quite at scenic as some of the others in the area but nice. Very overgrown in parts. Wear pants or have wipes/soap ready for all of the poison oak. The trail itself is fun and was nice as a trail run. Lots of horse poo to dodge though.

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