Barnabe Peak Loop via Barnabee Road and Cross Marin Trail

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Barnabe Peak Loop via Barnabee Road and Cross Marin Trail is a 7.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lagunitas, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1794 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

A morning hike up Barnabe Peak, it's vistas and a return along a Redwood lined creek trail. A morning hike to the old fire watcher's tower on Barnaby Peak. A loop back along the ridge's top and down to the canyon floor to Lagunitas Creek. The path then travels along the old railroad right of way (now a portion of the Cross Marin Trail), ultimately returning to the starting point. This hike will take you through several vegetation zones and is a real wildflower treat in the early spring. It offers sweeping vistas of a number of watersheds, parts of west and southern Marin, Mount Tam, and Tomales Bay. Barnaby Road and the Cross Marin Trail are bike and horse friendly. As with most state parks, dogs should be left behind. The park has a number of additional trails, some of which interconnect with regional open space trail systems.

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25 days ago

Mixed bag. Easy to find TH and enough parking for about a dozen cars. The first half mile is very pretty and quiet. The hike up to the tower is tough, steep and with good views at the top. First mile down was ok but started to pick up road noise at about 3.5 miles. Very steep coming down. When you get to Barnabe Road you are almost on top of Sir Francis Drake road. I also though the Redwoods were ok compared to other parks in the Bay Area and felt like you didnt get much view of the creek. Glad I did but probably not coming back

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2 months ago

Nice hike. Good combination of shade and exposure. Views were great. Steep sections no matter which way around you go.

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3 months ago

The trail was amazing. Great views going up and going down. Then ending the trail with Redwoods along the path. We had lunch at the picnic area next to the Redwoods. My knees are sore, but the trail itself was worth the pain. HA!

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is a challenge, in the heat it wouldnt be any fun. Be sure to look at the trail if you parked at the Devil Gulch trailhead and you're planning on doing a loop, you can get caught on the other side of the creek/river if you're not careful.

4 months ago

Awesome trail! Super steep to the peak. Then fairly easy the rest of the way.

5 months ago

Gorgeous hike. Definitely strenuous - both the uphill and downhill sections.

hiking
6 months ago

Parked in Camp Taylor campground, $8 fee. Hiked clockwise. First 2 miles are uphill, steep and challenging. This part of the hike is what earns the hike a “hard” rating. Second 2 miles go back downhill and are very scenic. Final 2 miles are very easy along a level trail once used by a railroad in the 1880’s.

11 months ago

Beautiful views over the Park and Lagunitas

hiking
Monday, November 14, 2016

Very nice hike. Lots to look at and well marked path. Someone said it's closed, but that is incorrect. The loop is closed but you can still hike up the peak. Great workout for someone doing trail runs that wants to get some steep elevation. To get to the beginning just walk up devil canyon road and where the road splits to form a trail and road veer right on the trail. This will take you to a bridge which begins the ascent the real trail

hiking
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Nice trail through some woods and heading above Lagunitas. Views on the top of the ridge are great. Can see Tomales Bay and other vistas. Trail is pretty well traveled. We went counter-clockwise starting from Samuel P Taylor SP day use area.

Barnabe Fire Road is open. The only closed trail in the area is Bill's Trail, which will apparently be under restoration for several more years. There are alternatives that take you to Barnabe Peak, such as Barnabe FR / Gravesite Trail.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The loop is closed and apparently has been closed for two years. It also does not look like it will be opened any time soon. This could have been a beautiful hike. This hike should be noted as CLOSED so others don't drive there only to discover it is closed off.

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Great paved be unpaved trails. The backcountry hiking leads to small pools throughout the creek.

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016

This hike is actually in Lagunitas not Nicascio and part of Samuel P Taylor Park.
Steep hike but worth the view. We only went up to the peak and back. Which is about 2 miles up and 2 miles back. The original trail is closed. The hike is beautiful going through forest and stream, up through open space and beautiful views of West Marin. Enjoy

hiking
Monday, October 19, 2015

There are many short easy trails next to the creek. great for kids.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Awesome

hiking
Saturday, May 30, 2015

nice, steep hike 2 miles up to Barnabe Peak. elevation change of about 1200'.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Nice hike, well documented. Only thing I would add is that the parking at the trail-head itself is not allowed for day hikers (there are signs now, and we were also warned by other park visitors). Park across the road in normal parking adjacent to where you can pay entry fee.

Thanks for documenting a really nice hike!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

This is an excellent guide, Craig. Loop hikes are the way to go. Keep 'em coming.

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