Blackstone Canyon Trail and Queenstone Fire Road is a 9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near San Rafael, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,267 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

The trail climbs more than 1500' and provides 360 degree views of the Bay Area including Mt. Tamalpais, SF, Mt. Burdell, the Sonoma areas and the Bay waters from Napa to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Mt. Diablo in the East Bay is also visible. Take Queenstone Fire Rd. out and back.

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2 months ago

Really hard trail! Those hills are no joke. Very steep high incline elevations. It feels uphill all of the way out and the return hike has a few steep parts as well. Solid 10 mile hike. I did this 3 weeks ago and there was almost no shade the entire hike. It took me 4.5 hours with no breaks. I saw 2 people on the trail. I did this on a weekday! Very challenging hike! Your legs will be thanking you!

7 months ago

Varied views. Springtime brings flowing waterfalls and wildflowers.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

First, a few things:

1. Moderate? Hm.. no. If you do the full 9.5-10 mile loop, those inclines are no joke. And if you don't know, it's the down hill that kills.

2. Shaded? Some, I'd say only 50% of the trail. Still, don't go in the heat! It'll be rough. I drank over 100oz on the trail, so did my gf.

About the hike:
We hiked this today (late July) it was warm/hot, and I had 25-30lbs in my (inadequate) pack since I'm conditioning for a backpacking trip. We went all the way to the end and came back doing the full loop.

The 2nd part of the loop is not very well maintained, and the trail was even a little hard to keep at times. I took a wrong turn 4-5 times, or thought I went off trail, then realized I was originally on the right one, so went back.

It was tough, maybe it would've been easier with just a light pack and on a cooler day. The views were great though and it's great for conditioning. We only saw two bikers, and two dog walkers. Also two deer, some quail, and a small snake.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Really loved the hike! Lots of shade so great for a hit day. And views of the city were spectacular!

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Great!

Friday, July 10, 2015

An excellent, shaded hike with an ever-increasing grade and wonderful seasonal creek. Great fun with kids!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Fri Jan 23rd - discovered this canyon hike - and fell in love with it! did 70 minutes - came back on Sat 24th with Tegan,Cliff,Katherine and Jobo for 70 minutes will be back many times I'm sure!!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Queenstone Fire Road trail circumnavigates Blackstone Canyon in North Marin County. To access the fire road on Queenstone off of Miller Creek Road take the Marinwood exit from Highway 101 and head West.

The trail climbs more than 1500' and provides 360 degree views of the Bay Area including Mt. Tamalpais, SF, Mt. Burdell, the Sonoma areas and the Bay waters from Napa to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Mt. Diablo in the East Bay is also visible.

I did a short video about the hike. You can view it here:

http://nmmc.net/Video/BlackstoneCanyon_QT.html

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