Blithedale Ridge Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews

Blithedale Ridge Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mill Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1128 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Parking lot at Menke Park

hiking
28 days ago

- If you enjoy uphills and downhills, you'll like this trail
- Parking is restricted 3/4 mile away from the actual trail. You'll need to walk very steep paved road on Summit road until you see the gate/start of the hike. Watch out for cars coming down as the street is narrow.
- Actual trail is about 3.5 miles out and back, without counting the additional mileage from the car and back
- Note: take the shortcut, long flight of stairs to bypass steep hilly road for safety too
- Hike: beautiful scenery of the north bay, San Francisco skyline!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail! Make sure you’ve got good hiking shoes because on the way down it can get slippery. Saw a few bikers and hikers along the way but it was far from crowded. A lot of the hike isn’t shaded so bring hats and sunscreen. Lots of bugs so bug spray/repellant is a good idea too. We actually started the trail from a different point than the app suggests, on west Blithedale Ave, and eventually hit the Blithedale ridge trail. Blithedale stops at some point and forks into some other trails that you can take. We walked along Indian fire road a bit and then went back down the same way. Creature sitings included banana slugs, hawks, chipmunks, lizards, and squirrels.

hiking
8 months ago

Great views unsheltered fire roads where a little hot. Start early if it is going to be a warm day.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Nice trail for the first 2.5 miles. Great views nice walking surface. Then it breaks out onto the roads of mill valley.
I didn't expect to do 3 miles on the shoulder of the road. It seems this trail is for mountain bikers. In the future I will turn around after the first 2.5 and weave my way back up the ridge. On the plus side the walk over the road was really nice. Nice houses through a dense forest valley but not good shelter from cars speeding by and not really a hike.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

My dog Santino and I loved this trail!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Beautiful from Kentfield

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Great views

cross country skiing
Thursday, July 09, 2015

It took us into the town of Mill Valley. It's very hard to find via Google/Apple maps. We started the hike from another spot and hiked to the trail.

hiking
Saturday, October 20, 2012

Parking is limited to on street parking near trail head. Good fire-road trail that is dog friendly. Steep rolling hills as the elevation increases, great view of Mount Tam, Mill Valley, and the bay...good for trail running, hiking with dogs, and climbing training on a mountain bike (not single track).

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