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Great trail, VERY limited parking so go early or on weekdays. Pretty flat until you hit a few steep switchbacks shortly before the falls. The falls were just trickling today but it’s gorgeous in the canyon with the redwoods, ferns, and moss so still worth it. I did the loop up past the falls to the left, it switchbacks up to a wide fire road which also had some great views of the tree covered hills and the bay. Finished my loop by coming down the Barbara Springs Trail which was very steep & would be tough if muddy.

It’s easy with kids, our son who is 4yo has been able to hike all the way and back. Parking can be a bit tricky, we had to park 5min away from the entrance.

1 month ago

Very nice hike on a sunny day. Trail was mostly dry, with a few small muddy spots. Wild flowers beginning to bloom.

Great trail I've done many times. As an alternative loop , you can continue on Dawn Falls Trail where it crosses Crown Road, continue up (it's steep!) Dawn Falls to then go left on Hoo Koo e Koo Trail which is lovely. Once on Hoo Koo e Koo, you are essentially heading in the same direction as Crown Road only you have more elevation and better views. Hoo Koo e Koo will then cross Blithedale Ridge Fire Road where you head left, down the hill, up the hill, then intersect and head left on H Line back down to rejoin Crown Road. It is the same loop but takes you higher and off Crown Road for much of the time.

This trail has some amazing views and is very well maintained. Not overly crowded for a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Most of the trail is shaded which makes for a very nice hike. Good elevation gain but not too strenuous as the majority of the trail uphill is switchbacks.

6 months ago

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

We got super lost despite frequently checking the map and ending up nearly doubling the hike to get back to the car, but it was beautiful. Great views and nice tree coverage from sun. Moderate uphill to the top- good workout but not overly strenuous. I parked near the trail head, there's room for about three cars and only one was there even on a Sunday afternoon. However also plenty of parking on the street about a quarter mile below the trail head as well.

Neat 1.5mi loop hike along some narrow paths if you take your first R into the hill from the fire road. Moderate, my 8yr old did fine. Take a picture of the map when you first walk in to reference later.

This is a great trail to take refuge in the cool redwoods and Bay Laurels on hot days. It is magnificent after a good rain when the water is running well through the creek and waterfall. This trail also connects to other trails including Hoo Koo I koo and King's Mountain.

This place is extremely beautiful. Obviously there aren't any falls at the moment, not even a trickle of water but the hike itself and the redwood trees are still a site to see. My group actually started at the end of Madrone which is the beginning of the loop, so we skipped that long mile of walking behind backyards. If you're lucky you'll find parking like we did right next to the trailhead. We started late at 3:30pm and ended at 5:45pm but the sun was still up. The map is super helpful. The last trail you get on which is that Santa something...is a very steep downhill and the leaves make it slippery. Definitely will come back in the right season for the falls though! Loved it!

Great trail through a redwood forest. As other reviews mentioned, it passes people's backyards for the first mile or so. Doesn't feel intrusive though, they are on the other side of a creek for the most part. There are some cool houses and part of the fun was seeing those. Other reviews were correct about the confusing 'no entry' sign near the parking lot, seems like everyone just ignores that. Saw 2 rangers, plan for dog leash rules to be enforced. The trail as shown in the app has several turning points that aren't well marked, we had to turn back a couple of times. Saw a decent number of people, but it wasn't crowded.

Fantastic shady hike

There is a small dirt road and limited parking. You will see a sign saying stop but go just ahead and you'll find parking. I recommend running first towards Dawn Falls then hitting the switchbacks up then loop back around following fire trail. Keep an eye out for your trail marker heading back down. Pretty steep descent take it slow. Then you'll reach the trail you started on and follow it and the creek back towards your parked car. Super shady and creek runs well during rainy season. Dawn Falls itself is a very impressive little waterfall but does dry up quickly in late spring. Great trail with elevation gains. Cool redwoods, covered forest, water features and well paved fire trail. 5 mile balloon loop trail.

GORGEOUS. Just far enough off the beaten path without including any pavement. I wish the trails were marked a little more clearly as it intersected with several small neighborhood trails and that confused an amateur hiker such as myself.

Would love to come back when I have more time to be able to "get lost" and check it out more.

The falls were also great with the recent rains.

Monday, February 27, 2017

great trail.

Beautiful hike with the pup!

Great trail! Having a large Pit, it can be very difficult to find a place where people aren't afraid of my dog. Besides a few instances, Blue received a lot of love! There were some tight spaces which made maneuvering with a large dog a little difficult. I wanted to do a photo shoot and there is plenty to see out here! I want to do a very early morning hike one of these days. I will definitely be back for more.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Great Hike - even in the rain - interesting to be walking so close to houses at the start - Green everywhere - just pass the falls, i kept going up to the Hoo-Koo-E-Kool trail, amazing views of the Bay and Richmond Bridge

I went a day after it rained and it was so beautiful!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Nice trail for the first 2.5 miles. Great views nice walking surface. Then it breaks out onto the roads of mill valley.
I didn't expect to do 3 miles on the shoulder of the road. It seems this trail is for mountain bikers. In the future I will turn around after the first 2.5 and weave my way back up the ridge. On the plus side the walk over the road was really nice. Nice houses through a dense forest valley but not good shelter from cars speeding by and not really a hike.

For the first mile or so, you're basically in people's backyards. But the rest of the hike is secluded and beautiful. Steep in parts, and you can really make this hike as long or short as you want it to be.

Great rainy day hike with rewarding waterfall and beautiful vistas from the fire road. Descent can be a bit tricky, especially if you have a baby strapped to your back, like I did, but overall I highly recommend this trail. Also, be careful not to miss the intersection that takes you back to the portal.

trail running
Saturday, October 22, 2016

This trail is entirely through the trees and shade. The pups and I loved it! I went counter clockwise. The lower part is along a stream and is mostly flat. There is one steep uphill with stairs and switchbacks, 10 minutes or so running. The return is along a mixed use fire road (not a trail). I did miss the first downhill turn off the fire road to the lower part and just took the next one. That downhill trail was loose dirt and a careful walk. The fire road had water and a dish for the pups, which was a nice surprise.

For parking, I didn't follow Piedmont all the way up to the few parking spots and just parked on Magnolia and ran to the trail.

It seems there are several other trails adjoining this that could make for a longer run or hike. I will run this one again.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Great spot to hike with the Pooch.

Directions confusing. When u reach Crown Road turn left. Do not go up Dawn Falls trail ahead. Go down Barbara Spring trail which is very steep and rocky. Nice
Shady hike.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

My dog Santino and I loved this trail!

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