Explore the most popular trails in White Hill 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.

February to July: Some roads and trails subject to night closure

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

I'd go as far as to say that this trail is hard. Once you get off the fire roads, it is challenging to stay on trail. There is a lot of scaling over rocks, swinging among trees, and crawling along narrow trails. It is FUN and quite lovely, but as someone who hikes a lot, I found this daunting at times. It is def over grown and I may end up with a poison oak rash tomorrow.

mountain biking
muddy
6 months ago

It does get narrow and confusing at times- AllTrails kept us on the right path. You have to scramble and walk through a lot of poison oak. Loose rock and slippery at times- but gorgeous and varied- never boring- bring a picnic.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
10 months ago

Can someone explain that following the route alltrails maps out that you seem to end up at a point on the fire road after you come down white hill mountain that has a sign across the blue ridge fire road stating no trespassing? There seems to be a single track off to the right that wants you go down instead. As I was running this trail I stopped and turned around with my dogs, Any help appreciated.

hiking
Mon Sep 24 2018

Gets hairy after Cascade Falls, overgrown, poison oak, trail not well defined. If hiking clockwise, I recommend Blue Ridge Fire Road to Middle Fire Road to Cascade Fire Road or Split Rock (as opposed to Cascade Falls Trail). This adds some distance to the hike, but will save the scrambling through poison oak and losing the trail past the Falls. Enjoy!

Mon Sep 10 2018

Great singletrack for MTB

hiking
Tue Sep 04 2018

Short but decent single track climb in the beginning before turning into a meandering fire road that has considerable elevation gain. Great views of the Richmond bridge and north bay and the valley towards Kent Lake

Tough. But fun.

hiking
Fri Jul 20 2018

I hiked this trail and it is amazing. Definitely not 8.5 miles. I clocked 10.7 miles, so be prepared. Lots of it is shaded. You will see frequent changes in the ecosystem. This is a mountain biking trail and I was the only hikers I came across.

Great trail! Beautiful scenery and great workout. The beginning is easy but then things get more challenging. Not recommandable for young children but I went with a dog and he really enjoyed it! It took me about 3 h.

mountain biking
Wed Apr 25 2018

Awesome

What an adventure! Don’t let the fire roads in the beginning fool you...this hike is legit. Did the loop clockwise, and after the first waterfall things start to get hairy. Trail got narrow, overgrown, steep and rocky. After loosing sight of the path I ended up accidentally off-roading a few times, but even the proper trail required all fours occasionally for sections that were more climbing than hiking. All in all, a fantastic workout and a fun adventure...as long as you’ve got long pants and sleeves, time to spare and AllTrails Pro in case you get lost when you’re offline like me - I’d still be wandering in the woods without my downloaded map!

Nice loop trail with great views and some shade.

mountain biking
Sun Aug 14 2016

Excellent. Good mixed of technical, climbs with switchbacks and rolling downhills.

Difficult at times but great single track mountain bike course. Must have permit to bike here, Rangers spot check on trail. Easy to get day permits at local bike stores.

mountain biking
Mon May 04 2015

Bring lots of ICE! A sentiment I overheard from an anonymous young rider and fully endorse was "get me off this bitch!" You'll be lured by the climbs which are nothing; maybe 1000' vert and not steep. The trail however is pure gnarl. The most critical apexes of the numerous switchbacks are narrow and littered with huge boulders. Many turns are so sharp and vertical that you cannot put a foot down. So whether climbing or descending you're going to need lots of brake and a lower than normal saddle height. Before even starting the ride I saw one guy with a pinch flat, another with a snapped handle bar with his arm in a sling, another with a bent derailleur hanger. On the top of the ascent which I survived, I mentioned to my buddies that there was probably no dearth of helicopter "life flights" out of this place. Indeed I had my own near death experience on the descent. I have a Cannondale Flash 29er hardtail On Sat. I would have given a left nut for a full suspension rig. The rock gardens are numerous I started getting tired and went over the bars. I cartwheeled over boulders rag dolling for a good 10-15 feet. My back, shoulder, right elbow (contused), knee (contusion) and left wrist (contusion) got scraped and bruised up good (no breaks thank you sweet Jesus.) Returned to my bike to find both hydraulic brake actuators had disengaged from the plungers, handlebars off center by 20 degrees and chain off. I continued my folly by attempting the decent conservatively, that is with plungers attached to the brake actuators with constant hand pressure. Somewhere along the trail the brakes lost all pressure. I didn't make this revelation till hurtling toward a switchback and lost all brakes. I laid it down, snapping a finger and further embedding unneeded gravel and branches into my torn flesh. Crowded, exposed and potentially deadly. The ice? Ice that shit after you crash. You'll heal much faster.

mountain biking
Sat Mar 29 2014

Just to be clear, there is no actual trail called "Tamarancho Trail". Tamarancho is a system of trails located in Fairfax that is maintained by both the Boy Scounts and Volunteers (go on Sundays and help out!). It is Mountain Bike focused (which is a breath of fresh air in a place like Marin), but is open to hikers as well. The trails are 100% single track except for the new Flow Trail, which is a wider double track. There is not a single trail there for beginner bikers. Every trail is Intermediate to Advanced. Nothing overly difficult, but definitely challenging. The new Flow Trail is amazing and a great way to both test and develop your mountain biking skills. An important note is that most people ride the trails in a loop and do so clokwise. If you go counter-clockwise you will end up complaining that you had to get off your bike too many times to accommodate the other trail-users going the opposite direction of yourself. Another important distinction is that to ride these trails it is good etiquette to PAY FOR YOUR USAGE. You can get a day pass for $5 or a season pass for $45 (good for a full year) at Sunshine Bicycles in Fairfax. Paying for your pass helps to keep the trails maintained and fun to ride. You can also get your pass at the link I have attached. Happy riding!

mountain biking
Sun Mar 17 2013

Great switch backs and diverse terrain. Definitely challenging yet not bad for an intermediate rider like me.

mountain biking
Sun Jun 03 2012

Excellent loop with some nice views and some fun little descents. Don't forget to pay your $5 trail fee at the bike shop in FairFax.

mountain biking
Wed Apr 25 2012

This is a mountain bike trail only. No hiking

mountain biking
Mon Apr 09 2012

Awesome trail. All very tight, technical signal track with lots of switchbacks. Moderately rocky and lots of roots.

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