Benstein, Northside and Rock Spring Trail Loop

HARD 11 reviews
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Benstein, Northside and Rock Spring Trail Loop is a 9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,417 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

Take the Lagunitas Fire Rd into the Marin Municipal Water District to explore the wonderful less travelled side of Mt. Tamalpais. From the Mountain Theater take the Rock Spring Lagunitas fire Rd.

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17 days ago

Agree on the bugs. Very odd the trail though was great, we went a bit later so it was hot, went through a lot of water. Nice rest stop at the West Point Inn for restrooms, and water. Lovely view if there isn’t our friend the fog. Skipped the scramble to the top. Nice to walk through the Mountain Theater, looks like an ancient ruin, without all the people and picnics. Very cool.

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rocky
19 days ago

The hike was well shaded for 2/3 of the 9 miles. Yet this was the buggiest hike I’ve ever taken on mt Tam. That’s rare in this area. They also understated the short yet steep and extremely rocky trail that connects to East Peak at about mile 6. One should not be afraid of heights and should possess semi rock climbing skills or have the use of poles. i would rate this hike Hard because of that stretch. Yes, there are good views yet this is one hike I won’t repeat since other trails provide good views.

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7 months ago

This was a great hike. Mostly moderate until the climb up to Verna Dunshee which was very steep and rocky. But the views were outstanding. We were grateful it was a clear day!ill do this one again for sure!

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Monday, June 19, 2017

3L of water is must on this hike when it's hot outside.

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