Baltimore Canyon Via Dawn Falls Trail Loop

MODERATE 239 reviews

Baltimore Canyon Via Dawn Falls Trail Loop is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Larkspur, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.4 miles
629 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





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 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.

trail running
29 days ago

This is a pretty trail with mellow elevations and beautiful views. Also a lot of different trail options along the way.

2 months ago

Reasonably easy trail with beautiful views and tranquil forest. There are a couple of steep parts but it’s a great beauty per unit of effort hike and is super close to SF. On the way back (left part of the loop if you look from the start) if you accidentally get off trail it becomes super steep downhill but doable. Finish off with a meal at a Pizza Picco to have a perfect NorCal day

trail running
3 months ago

This is a beautiful trail, but if you are running, be warned that there are no stairs on the descent and the dirt is very loose.

4 months ago

Love it!

5 months ago

Hi, we live in the house at the top of the gravel drive on Piedmont Rd. Do make sure that you don’t drive past the small dirt parking area at the foot of the drive as the only way to turn around is to back into our garage and it’s usually full. To try back out is pretty scary!

The trail and the falls are a real treat. Dogs love it and you’ll get a glimpse of Janis Joplin’s house from the rear and one of Jerry Garcia’s first homes after he hit the big time. It’s an enchanted place and if your fortunate you may see one the spotted owls. They are an endangered species and we are fortunate enough to have one the few habitats where they still thrive.

It’s a great trail for just about anyone. Families, kids, older people, younger people and dogs all love it! Have a beautiful hike as we love to watch all the happy folks walking past our house before and after their adventure!

5 months ago

Enchanting, cozy, ancient.

8 months ago


10 months ago

Great trail I've done many times. As an alternative loop , you can continue on Dawn Falls Trail where it crosses Crown Road, continue up (it's steep!) Dawn Falls to then go left on Hoo Koo e Koo Trail which is lovely. Once on Hoo Koo e Koo, you are essentially heading in the same direction as Crown Road only you have more elevation and better views. Hoo Koo e Koo will then cross Blithedale Ridge Fire Road where you head left, down the hill, up the hill, then intersect and head left on H Line back down to rejoin Crown Road. It is the same loop but takes you higher and off Crown Road for much of the time.

10 months ago

This trail has some amazing views and is very well maintained. Not overly crowded for a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Most of the trail is shaded which makes for a very nice hike. Good elevation gain but not too strenuous as the majority of the trail uphill is switchbacks.

11 months ago

Friday, August 18, 2017

We got super lost despite frequently checking the map and ending up nearly doubling the hike to get back to the car, but it was beautiful. Great views and nice tree coverage from sun. Moderate uphill to the top- good workout but not overly strenuous. I parked near the trail head, there's room for about three cars and only one was there even on a Sunday afternoon. However also plenty of parking on the street about a quarter mile below the trail head as well.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Neat 1.5mi loop hike along some narrow paths if you take your first R into the hill from the fire road. Moderate, my 8yr old did fine. Take a picture of the map when you first walk in to reference later.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

This is a great trail to take refuge in the cool redwoods and Bay Laurels on hot days. It is magnificent after a good rain when the water is running well through the creek and waterfall. This trail also connects to other trails including Hoo Koo I koo and King's Mountain.

Friday, July 14, 2017

This place is extremely beautiful. Obviously there aren't any falls at the moment, not even a trickle of water but the hike itself and the redwood trees are still a site to see. My group actually started at the end of Madrone which is the beginning of the loop, so we skipped that long mile of walking behind backyards. If you're lucky you'll find parking like we did right next to the trailhead. We started late at 3:30pm and ended at 5:45pm but the sun was still up. The map is super helpful. The last trail you get on which is that Santa a very steep downhill and the leaves make it slippery. Definitely will come back in the right season for the falls though! Loved it!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Great trail through a redwood forest. As other reviews mentioned, it passes people's backyards for the first mile or so. Doesn't feel intrusive though, they are on the other side of a creek for the most part. There are some cool houses and part of the fun was seeing those. Other reviews were correct about the confusing 'no entry' sign near the parking lot, seems like everyone just ignores that. Saw 2 rangers, plan for dog leash rules to be enforced. The trail as shown in the app has several turning points that aren't well marked, we had to turn back a couple of times. Saw a decent number of people, but it wasn't crowded.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fantastic shady hike

trail running
Sunday, April 23, 2017

There is a small dirt road and limited parking. You will see a sign saying stop but go just ahead and you'll find parking. I recommend running first towards Dawn Falls then hitting the switchbacks up then loop back around following fire trail. Keep an eye out for your trail marker heading back down. Pretty steep descent take it slow. Then you'll reach the trail you started on and follow it and the creek back towards your parked car. Super shady and creek runs well during rainy season. Dawn Falls itself is a very impressive little waterfall but does dry up quickly in late spring. Great trail with elevation gains. Cool redwoods, covered forest, water features and well paved fire trail. 5 mile balloon loop trail.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Low key and chill

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

GORGEOUS. Just far enough off the beaten path without including any pavement. I wish the trails were marked a little more clearly as it intersected with several small neighborhood trails and that confused an amateur hiker such as myself.

Would love to come back when I have more time to be able to "get lost" and check it out more.

The falls were also great with the recent rains.

Monday, February 27, 2017

great trail.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Beautiful hike with the pup!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Great trail! Having a large Pit, it can be very difficult to find a place where people aren't afraid of my dog. Besides a few instances, Blue received a lot of love! There were some tight spaces which made maneuvering with a large dog a little difficult. I wanted to do a photo shoot and there is plenty to see out here! I want to do a very early morning hike one of these days. I will definitely be back for more.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Great Hike - even in the rain - interesting to be walking so close to houses at the start - Green everywhere - just pass the falls, i kept going up to the Hoo-Koo-E-Kool trail, amazing views of the Bay and Richmond Bridge

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

I went a day after it rained and it was so beautiful!

Monday, November 07, 2016

For the first mile or so, you're basically in people's backyards. But the rest of the hike is secluded and beautiful. Steep in parts, and you can really make this hike as long or short as you want it to be.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Great rainy day hike with rewarding waterfall and beautiful vistas from the fire road. Descent can be a bit tricky, especially if you have a baby strapped to your back, like I did, but overall I highly recommend this trail. Also, be careful not to miss the intersection that takes you back to the portal.

trail running
Saturday, October 22, 2016

This trail is entirely through the trees and shade. The pups and I loved it! I went counter clockwise. The lower part is along a stream and is mostly flat. There is one steep uphill with stairs and switchbacks, 10 minutes or so running. The return is along a mixed use fire road (not a trail). I did miss the first downhill turn off the fire road to the lower part and just took the next one. That downhill trail was loose dirt and a careful walk. The fire road had water and a dish for the pups, which was a nice surprise.

For parking, I didn't follow Piedmont all the way up to the few parking spots and just parked on Magnolia and ran to the trail.

It seems there are several other trails adjoining this that could make for a longer run or hike. I will run this one again.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Great spot to hike with the Pooch.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Directions confusing. When u reach Crown Road turn left. Do not go up Dawn Falls trail ahead. Go down Barbara Spring trail which is very steep and rocky. Nice
Shady hike.

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