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Barnabe Peak Loop via Barnabee Road and Cross Marin Trail

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Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Barnabe Peak Loop via Barnabee Road and Cross Marin Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately 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: 1,794 feet Route Type: Loop



mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching





wild flowers


historic site

no dogs

NOTE: As of September 2019, Bills Trail closed for maintenance. A morning hike up Barnabe Peak. 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.

Nice trail but not special. Not hard rather moderate. Nice views specifically in the mornings but nothing I would come back for

5 months ago

Very nice little climb to some great views, took me 1 hour to reach the peak and saw nobody until around the campground at bottom. There are some roadways nearby which disturbs the wilderness feeling a bit, and a chainsaw in a neighbor's yard. Expansive views, cool forest and creek at base. Went up via Devil's Gulch. would love to take a bike on these trails.

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6 months ago

September 2019- Bills Trail closed for maintenance. Unbelievable views at Dickson Outlook. Strongly recommend morning hike. Steep uphill to look out then mild rest of the way. Loved this and will do again after winter rains to see the falls, or early April for wild flower blooms.

We didn’t get a fair impression because it was a cloudy days with no views. I’d call it moderate vs hard.

A pleasant enough hike; but it is mostly fire road walking and the first portion is kind of tediously straight up. That said, spectacular wildflowers, particularly the iris. Good vistas and varied terrain.

Sat Mar 16 2019

We found this trail on a different app. ( we won’t stray again.) It said it was an easy 5.1 mile loop. Wrong! All Trails is spot on this is a hard trail but this is a great hike. We did it clockwise through North Creek trail. The trail was nice and clear. Bring lots of water and sun protection. We did the full loop and the second half was a nice and mellow downhill.

Sun Sep 23 2018

Mostly open fire road trail. We went left (counter clockwise) to take the mountain. Clear day. Nice view of the end of Tomales Bay.

Mon May 28 2018

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

Sun Apr 01 2018

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

Sat Mar 17 2018

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!

Mon Mar 12 2018

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.

Mon Feb 12 2018

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

Wed Jan 17 2018

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

Thu Nov 23 2017

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.

Wed Jul 05 2017

Beautiful views over the Park and Lagunitas

Mon Nov 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

Sun Nov 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.

Sat Jul 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.

Sun Jun 19 2016

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

Mon 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

Mon Oct 19 2015

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

Mon Aug 03 2015


Sat May 30 2015

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

Sun Mar 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!

Sun May 08 2011

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

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