Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Baltimore Canyon via Dawn Falls Trail Loop is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Larkspur, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 616 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest Views Waterfall Rocky
Description
Waypoints (7)
Contact
Getting There

Parking Notice: The start of this trail is at a small dirt public turn out that can accommodate up to 4 cars. Do not drive to the end of the road as there is little room to turn around. It is a very short walk up the road to the trailhead. Hike through lush wooded, fern covered canyons. Pass waterfalls and enjoy stunning SF Bay Vistas. This is a great trail to hike or run, even during or after rainfalls. For longer hike, park near Dolliver Park on Madrone Road. Walk a few blocks to Foley - take a left. Look for stairs after the third house on the left. Take a right at top of stairs and follow the narrow road until the end. There is a trail head sign for Lower Baltimore Canyon trail. Continue approx. one mile to a wooden bridge, where the Upper Baltimore Canyon trail begins. Continue .5-.75 and keep an eye out for the trail going up hill to the right. Cross the small creek and head up Lady Bug Trail to King Mt. Loop. At junction, continue straight, then go left to Wilson Trail. Cross a fire road. Turn right, heading down gravel path. For a shorter hike, go left on King Mt. Loop to Dawn Falls or continue past gate on Ridgecrest Rd. Take left at Evergreen Dr. Left on Crown Rd. Becomes Blithedale Summit Fire Rd. Look for Dawn Falls Creek Trail on left just before suspension pipe.

Marin County Department of Parks Open Space (415) 499-6387

From Highway 101, exit Paradise/Tamalpais Drive in Corte Madera. Drive west on Tamalpais about 0.8 mile, then turn right at the stop sign onto Magnolia. Drive about 0.6 mile, then turn left onto Madrone Avenue (just past the Lark Creek Inn).There are two choices for starting points; drive on narrow Madrone (and then Valley Way) about 0.8 mile, to a small turnaround at the end of the road. (Upper Trail starts here). Parking is only permitted in the white-outlined roadside spaces. There are 5 spots about 30 feet from the trailhead, and a handful more back down the road. For a longer hike (adds about 2 miles), the lower trail starts at Foley Ave, closer to the beginning of Madrone Road.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (533)
Photos (526)
Recordings (506)
Completed (1031)
View user's profile page
Egle Paquette
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 28, 2020
HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail. a lot of wide road that is easy and relaxing to hike. a little bit of climbing up to the fall to keep things interesting. Gorgeous views from Fire Road!

View user's profile page
Thee Hike Club .
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 24, 2020
Hiking

Beautiful, long trail! Love the forest scenery! Happy Thanksgiving! Stay adventurous!

View Thee Hike Club's Recording
View user's profile page
Manasi Prashar
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 21, 2020
Hiking

Amazing

View Manasi's Recording
View user's profile page
John Hugunin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarNovember 19, 2020
Hiking
View John's Recording
View user's profile page
Bhuvana Bairy
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 25, 2020
Hiking

Beautiful hike. Would rate it as easy, not moderate.

View user's profile page
Xan Ptolemy
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 27, 2020
Hiking
View Xan's Recording
View user's profile page
Francine Cunnie
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 26, 2020
Hiking

Missed the trail head down the Ravine so continued on the fire road and doubled back.. made the trip longer . Most likely could have continued and ended up at the bottom then walk back to my car

View Francine's Recording
View user's profile page
Ceci Leung
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 26, 2020
Hiking

Ok, went clockwise. Barbara trail steep but fun and only 0.4 miles. Rest are all down so not a great workout

View Ceci's Recording
View user's profile page
J.T. Albright
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 20, 2020
Hiking

Excellent shade cover, great forest views, and the inclines are challenging but not impossible.

View J.T.'s Recording
View user's profile page
Michael Neuberger
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 20, 2020
Hiking

Nice, easy shaded hike. Well covered for 80% of it. Lots of houses have backyards adjacent to the trail which seems odd but the houses are all beautiful and peaceful so I didn’t mind! (Can’t speak for them though)

View Michael's Recording
View user's profile page
Steven G
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 20, 2020
HikingGreat!Rocky

This loop combines Piedmont Trail, Dawn Falls Trail, Southern Marin-Line Road, and Barbara Springs Trail. I modified the last 1.5 mile. Instead of taking Barbara Springs Trail, I kept continuing on Southern Marin-Line Road. Going downhill on the last 0.7 mile was very steep. Looking back, probably easier to do it the other way around. The entire loop is mostly shaded, a moderate level loop, and moderately trafficked. Plan on starting at 10a so you can relax and go to Perry's afterwards. PS: Make a reservation during covid!

View Steven's Recording
View user's profile page
Tj Borawski
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 19, 2020
Hiking

Great hike past the obscenely wealthy. There are tons of beautiful redwoods and just one little steep section with switch backs going up, and one steep section going down. The ridge line on the fire road was surprising well shaded. The trail was INCREDIBLY busy, tons of people on it. We give it a low friendliness rating as about 20-30% of folks we said Hi to responded.

View Tj's Recording
View user's profile page
Herman Borrego
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 19, 2020
Hiking
View Herman's Recording
View user's profile page
daniella florant
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 18, 2020
Hiking

nice trail, not too steep

View daniella's Recording
View user's profile page
Atinder Singh
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 30, 2020
Hiking

Fun easy hike

View Atinder's Recording
View user's profile page
Ashlee Kiesling
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 30, 2020
Hiking

Took me awhile to get why this was marked moderate. About two miles in it gets so steep and the entrance to the path that loops around is so steep you need hiking shoes. I almost fell many times. Other than that I loved it!

View Ashlee's Recording
View user's profile page
Grace Bacon
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 22, 2020
Hiking

Great trail - In the shade mainly. Cute houses along the path

View Grace's Recording
View user's profile page
Lunicorn M.S.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 20, 2020
Hiking

only 30 minutes drive away from home. Mostly shade and windy. Just perfect amount of weather, elevation and duration! Coming down via Barbara trail was adventurous and felt like an obstacle course. Barbara trail was unpaved, mostly just nature as it is and steep. (loved it!) Might be best for trail run.

View Lunicorn's Recording
View user's profile page
Chris & Danielle
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 16, 2020
Hiking

Pretty trail, don’t expect to see running waterfalls. The path posted on AllTrails is a little misleading, it doesn’t quite follow the trail.

Comment from AllTrails

- 3 months ago

The route has been updated. Thanks for the feedback!

View Chris &'s Recording
View user's profile page
Tatiana Shesterneva
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 9, 2020
Hiking

Easy fave mills

View Tatiana's Recording
View user's profile page
Kara Guerrero
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 1, 2020
HikingGreat!Off trailPrivate property
View Kara's Recording
View user's profile page
Stephanie Amir
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 29, 2020
Hiking

Dog friendly with mostly wide paths and not too much elevation. Comfortable, easy paced hike and plenty of shade on a hot day. We went on a weekday and encountered a few people and dogs but was not too busy. Definitely on the easier end of moderate.

View Stephanie's Recording
View user's profile page
Sara M
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 23, 2020
Hiking

Beautiful trail in amongst the redwoods in an unexpected spot. Riverbed dry atm but still one of the most beautiful wooded hikes I’ve been on this side of Mount Tam. Shaded for the most part so great for a sunny day. No cell signal and easier to find a parking spot away from the trailhead.

View user's profile page
Ruby Parra
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 12, 2020
HikingGreat!Scramble

This trail had lots of shade with gorgeous Redwood trees and was dog friendly for the most part. There were some steep/slippery switchbacks, but beautiful and doable overall. The signs were a little confusing at first (had to backtrack a couple times), but it helped to have my trail maps downloaded for offline mode. Parking was a breeze at 7:30 AM and the trails were not crowded at all until later in the morning towards the end of the hike. Took me 3.5 hours due to my furry friends needing water and breathing breaks, but it flew by so fast because the hike was so enjoyable. Definitely recommend!

View Ruby's Recording
View user's profile page
Liz Manka
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 11, 2020
Hiking

Great hike! Lots of shade and beautiful trees. It got really busy at like 10 though, so I’d suggest going before then!

View Liz's Recording
View user's profile page
Jennie Richards
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 6, 2020
Hiking

Great trail! Very wooded, lots of shade, and beautiful through the woods.

Showing results 1 - 26 of 533