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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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
7 days 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
7 days 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
15 days ago

Beautiful Trail

hiking
16 days 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
21 days 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
3 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

hiking
5 months ago

We returned to do this hike during wet season. Awesome! The stream was flowing and everything was covered in a bright green moss. We like the steep uphill half way through that gets the heart pumping. There’s also a number of other trail options to extend the hike as we did. There’s limited parking (neighborhood) so you might have to walk a little.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike with dogs. The beginning is steep, with dogs on leash on Huckleberry Trail. Having them on leash helps if they are anything like mine and pull you up the hill. Then the loop itself is off-leash for the dogs because it is a fire road for about 90% of the loop.

Awesome hike with my kiddos this morning (4 and 6 years old). Our pup loved it too!

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

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.

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!

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.

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