Explore the most popular wild flowers trails in Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
23 days ago

- If you enjoy uphills and downhills, you'll like this trail
- Parking is restricted 3/4 mile away from the actual trail. You'll need to walk very steep paved road on Summit road until you see the gate/start of the hike. Watch out for cars coming down as the street is narrow.
- Actual trail is about 3.5 miles out and back, without counting the additional mileage from the car and back
- Note: take the shortcut, long flight of stairs to bypass steep hilly road for safety too
- Hike: beautiful scenery of the north bay, San Francisco skyline!

This trail is great! From the programmed location in this app walk down until you see the main sign, instead of staying right on the main trial like everyone else look for the small trailhead for Barbara Springs trail if you want a nice booty hike straight up! Once you hit the fire road turn right and follow the trail until you see the trail marker for Dawn Falls trail on the right. A nice less traveled alternative

Very nice! Limited street parking. Most of the trail is in the woods, although at the top there are some more open stretches with fabulous views. On your way down, don’t miss the Barbara springs trail, it’s easy to just walk past it and leave the loop. Some steep parts, and also a pretty little waterfall. Creature sitings: woodpecker, spiders, other hikers, and bikers.

Nice trail! Make sure you’ve got good hiking shoes because on the way down it can get slippery. Saw a few bikers and hikers along the way but it was far from crowded. A lot of the hike isn’t shaded so bring hats and sunscreen. Lots of bugs so bug spray/repellant is a good idea too. We actually started the trail from a different point than the app suggests, on west Blithedale Ave, and eventually hit the Blithedale ridge trail. Blithedale stops at some point and forks into some other trails that you can take. We walked along Indian fire road a bit and then went back down the same way. Creature sitings included banana slugs, hawks, chipmunks, lizards, and squirrels.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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

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.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

My dog Santino and I loved this trail!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Beautiful from Kentfield

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Great views

cross country skiing
Thursday, July 09, 2015

It took us into the town of Mill Valley. It's very hard to find via Google/Apple maps. We started the hike from another spot and hiked to the trail.

hiking
Saturday, October 20, 2012

Parking is limited to on street parking near trail head. Good fire-road trail that is dog friendly. Steep rolling hills as the elevation increases, great view of Mount Tam, Mill Valley, and the bay...good for trail running, hiking with dogs, and climbing training on a mountain bike (not single track).

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