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Great trail, but due to the weather some parts of the trail had fallen trees blocking the trail, also I recorded this exact hike and Strava recorded it as a 12.7 mile hike. So beware..

Highly recommend this trail for its diverse terrain and there’s so much more than just the falls out there. If you decide to take the challenge I would suggest going counter clock wise and avoid the annoying crowds congregating at the falls area, you won’t see them until near the end. Most of the trail is downhill this way, and way more enjoyable. Once you make the falls area, sit and rest and enjoy the scenery .... it’s a nice payoff.

I’d recommend hiking shoes, with good grip and comfortable insoles .... your feet are going to thank you!

21 days ago

The start and end of the trail next to the creek were the nice parts of the trail. The whole climbing seemed pointless since it wasn't very scenic either.

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22 days ago

Not really a trail, but a paved path. Great scenery and workout. Great for dogs. There are many trails the feel more like a real hike that branch off from Pipeline Road, however dogs are not allowed on those.

hiking
24 days ago

If you only do Fall Creek Loop it's a moderate hike, that is beautiful. Lots of rocks, roots, trees and some climbing over/under fallen trees. But a super beautiful and fun hike. there are lots of side trails you can take, just know where you are heading as some of them are pretty hard and can lead you a long way from your car!

If your car-less and coming from San Fran, an easy and affordable way to enjoy Muir Woods is: 1. Take bus(#30)/ferry to Sausalito ($6.50/$12 one way), 2. Take Muir Woods shuttle ($3 round trip; reserve seat in advance). Beats the $70+ tours! This trail was mainly in the shade but got some filtered sun. Very few muddy spots. Well maintained, wide packed trail for most of it. There is no summit (it hugs the contour line once you’ve reached max elevation) and there aren’t viewpoints. Consider the Dipsea trail if you want a peak at the ocean. Definitely nice to get away from the crowds.

did the loop once last spring it is more like 12 miles the fall are alot better after a heavy rain

Very nice, but Barbara Springs trail is difficult going downhill.

hiking
1 month ago

Great loop trail in redwoods. Not too steep, gently uphill and very nice downhill along the creek. Beautiful forest scenery! Note: you are always in the forest, it actually was chilly today and there was barely any sun reaching the trail. There is a landslide towards the end on the downhill part but easily manageable if you pay attention.

1 month ago

Love the area and its history.

hiking
2 months ago

Really beautiful trail that follows the water for the majority of the way. The route that I recorded took a horse trail to connector trail, then over to the main trail. Part of it it washed out so you’ll have to scale some fallen trees for about 50 feet. Other than that I would definitely recommend!’

amazing trail!

Love this trail. It’s beautiful, mostly covered for rain or sun, dog friendly. Not a lot of parking but otherwise delightful.

Gorgeous and fantastic for pups.

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoy this hike and the beautiful views. It was hard for me because of all the stairs and steps this hike had but overall it was beautiful!

Great hike! Perfect to enjoy the fall weather and color change. I’m new to the area so thanks to all the previous comments for the tips!

Good for a walk with your furry friend.

3 months ago

Took Pipeline road trail to Ridge Fire trail to get to observatory point. Hiking through the redwoods on the pipeline trail is so beautiful! Ridge trail is so interesting. It goes up the mountain but the path is covered in white beach sand. Beach sand on top of a mountain is unheard of. This is because the top of the mountain used to be under the ocean 10 million years ago!!! Entire hike (round trip) is about 6.5km and it took 2 hours - from the beginning of pipeline to observation deck and back.

hiking
3 months ago

Great place to take the dog. I enjoyed seeing friendly people along the way.

Great hike if you have your dog with you!

hiking
3 months ago

If you’re going on a holiday or Sunday, i recommend parking downtown on Magnolia. The parking is free and it’s only a short walk to Piedmont and trailhead. Beautiful hike. Some steep parts but doable.

hiking
3 months ago

Scenery: 4
Views: 2
Difficulty: 3.5
Crowds: 3
Shade: 5

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of poison oak, but if you stay on the path, you’re fine. A few spots where you can take dogs down to the river.

I did this trail but started at alpine lake took the trail counter clockwise, the trail up winds in and out of large beautiful trees and many creek crossings, and waterfalls. nice wooden bridges to keep you from getting wet even during rainy seasons. Once you get to the top, the trail loses its beauty and other hikers disappears going down.
There is a creek crossing just past the lake that you might run into trouble during rains there is no bridge.

3 months ago

Beautiful trail. Allows opportunity to walk over streams on large fallen trees. A workout but accessible for a wider variety of hiking and fitness levels.

on Fall Creek

hiking
3 months ago

A beautiful hike shaded by the trees. I went early on a Sunday morning and saw about two other hikers for my 2.5 miles in. On the way out, however, I saw easily 20+ other hikers. I’d love to go again and get an even earlier start. There were very infrequent, brief sections of the path that were narrow, rocky, and/or interrupted by fallen trees.

4 months ago

Great trail along the creek, wonderful redwood trees and other flora. All the trail is in the shade so perfect for hot summer days. Note that at one point the trail collapsed, there is a huge tree fallen on the creek, on which you should walk to continue.

One of the best hikes I’ve done in Mt Tam. You will go though many different types of forest and nature. The lake is really beautiful about halfway through.

We took a couple of detours and made it closer to a 12 mike hike in about 4 hours.

Highly recommend.

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