Looking for a great trail in Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve, California? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve ranging from 2.7 to 8.5 miles and from 91 to 1,145 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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When you drive here it is a tiny road in a really nice neighborhood, use the All Trails directions and drive all the way to the dead end. There are a few parking spaces in the neighborhood. No bathrooms. I went counter clockwise with all the uphill done at the beginning, then flat. Lots of options for more hiking.

There’s one downhill portion at the end of the loop part that was slippery/steep. Having proper hiking shoes with traction is helpful. A few fallen trees that you had to maneuver around as well. Overall very enjoyable with a lovely shade covering.

hiking
18 days ago

There is very limited parking at the beginning of this trail, and the trail head is a little difficult to spot. I was distracted by the dumped car, missed the trail head and continued happily down the fire road until we reconnected with the trail. Great views, and interesting variations in landscape.

Beautiful area and trail. Great trail for dogs. Plenty of shade. Plenty of people but not overcrowded on a Saturday.

hiking
21 days ago

We're typically in search of waterfalls. This one puts you at the top of a slippery waterfall and of you're not careful, you will fall to your death. I'm not joking! My 12 year old almost died. Super dangerous!!! The rest of the hike leading up to it was beautiful.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This is a pretty hike with some magical views; however, it is not easy as classified. There are some very steep scrabbly sections that require a level of fitness to ascend and much care to descend.

Gorgeous! A ton of shade which is great for summer hikes. There was almost no water left by this time, but still totally worth the drive to Marin. didn't bring the dogs but I would bring mine back. The trail can get narrow and steep at times so consider that before bringing pups in the heat.

hiking
1 month ago

Parking is very confusing. The hike itself is magnificent. Part sun and part shade and moderate up and downs.

Pretty easy hike, although the decline was a little hard to do with a dog on a leash since it got pretty steep. All around really nice though and perfect if you’re looking for something under two hours that isn’t too difficult. Watch out for poison oak though.

on Dawn Falls Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, the hard part isn’t until the end, so you can choose to do the incline with the switchbacks or not. Moderately trafficked, so you’ll definitely see other people, but you’ll be alone most times. Beautiful redwoods with lots of shade.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
private property
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Absolutely loved this trail. Most of the hike takes place on a comfortable and wide paved fire road. There many so many beautiful different kinds of trees and wildflowers combined with a creek blanketed in ferns. Had a wonderful time watching the earth move around as a little creature - that I never actually saw - tunneled under the underbrush, audibly breaking roots apart while unearthing worms and beetles in the process. During the first part of the hike before getting to the loop I was lost daydreaming of living in this beautiful area while admiring the houses on the other side of the creek bed. This hike surprised me and had my heart working overtime as it suddenly went straight up a nice and closely pathed switchback. It was very challenging for me, though admittedly I’m not as active or fit as most who do these parts of the hike. Of course what goes up must come down, straight down in fact, a rocky-root filled decline where I tripped and slid and despite my slow and careful best efforts, I fell three times. Being prepared with hiking shoes and poles probably would’ve prevented this. I would recommend starting off the beginning of the loop by walking up the part that I haphazardly went down as climbing it would’ve been easier. All of my joints and muscles were used on this hike! Also, my recording logged 6 miles rather than the stated 4.2. *Lots of happy unleashed dogs, so beware if you don’t like that or have a reactive dog.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful Trail

hiking
1 month ago

In total the loop + huckleberry trail to access the loop is 7km. Very nice walk full of birds to discover. The slopes are actually steep provide water in good weather.

Lots of shade throughout the hike. Beautifully green and was amazed that there were redwood trees. My pitbull also enjoyed this hike very much.

on Dawn Falls Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Waterfall was more of a trickledown this time. Not as kid friendly as I thought it would be. There are steep inclines that are great for little ones with a lot of ridges. The beginning fourth of the trail is flat wide a beautiful. I took my 9 year old and she was exhausted halfway up the incline and needed several breaks. I would do it again with no kids!

hiking
5 months ago

well marked, very pretty, fun for my 3.5 year old.

Beautiful hike. Kid and dog friendly. Nice size creek, especially this season with all the rain. Beautiful shaded hike. Parkinh is very limited.

Great hike for someone with dogs! It’s mostly covered by trees and redwoods scattered all throughout the trail. A wonderful little stream meandering through most of the trail and in light of the recent rains, there was actually quite a bit of water running across the falls! The trail itself was great, mostly dirt, with some steps, rocky areas, and a few washouts which were no doubt a result of all the rains lately, but overall pretty easy to moderate I would say. Be advised, this trail is more like 5.2 miles (tracked with Strava) round trip from where AllTrails says it starts and parking is SUPER limited. We didn’t really know what to expect with parking, but we arrived around 10am on a Saturday at the trailhead and got super lucky to snag the final spot. We did see quite a few people on the trail and it was quite clear that there are other areas where you could park and pick up the trail from.

We hiked this on Presidents’ Day. There is hardly any parking near the trailhead so be prepared to add another mile onto your hike walking to and from your car. We experienced Lots of microclimates and the falls were gushing. Some trees down and debris on the trail but overall not too bad after the storms we had. Be especially careful on the Corte Madera part of the trail. It’s like a river running through there right now making it difficult to find the actual trail. All in all a great hike that ended up being 10 miles.

beautiful trail with the redwoods around and the stream following the path. it was a little muddy after the rain but not too bad

great trail and watefall

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