Bolinas Ridge, Cataract, and Old Mine Loop

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Mount Tamalpais State Park

Bolinas Ridge, Cataract, and Old Mine Loop is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Length6.1 miElevation gain990 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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Jessica Genther
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Walking

Really foggy today (early April) so did not get the sweeping views, however hike was still gorgeous. I got 6.4 miles and went counterclockwise (highly recommend). The vertical is very manageable. Great hike for those who don’t want punishing climbs but unique and beautiful enough for all hikers to appreciate. From what I saw I can tell this will be one of my favorite hikes in the Bay Area. Not much shade in 2/3 of the hike.

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Ross Davisson
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Hiking

Exposed on first half to cold onshore winds, without many places to shelter. But overall a really nice hike with lots of wildflowers

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John McHugh
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Alice Wistar
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Hiking

Fantastic views - loved the mix of dense forest and ridge hike. Not very strenuous. Would be a great trail run.

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April Trask
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Samantha Samantha Klein
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Hiking

Great views! Lots of people but it was okay. Absolutely going to do this again

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karl ehmann
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Sunny, beautiful, great visibility

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Natasha Hopps
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HikingGreat!

Loved this hike! Great views and changing scenery along the entirety of the path. Nice distance for a day hike, gentle slope. As per another suggestion, take lunch and enjoy the stunning views.

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Francesca Pardini
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Hiking

1/23/2021 Gentle trail that was perfect for a lowkey hike. The Cataract trail was our favorite portion with the light shining through the trees and hitting all the water droplets from the rains yesterday. Beautiful view of the Bay as well!

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Amy Matarazzo
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Hiking

Amazing views both sections! You’ll see Stinson Beach from Bolinas Ridge and bay and ocean views after Cataract. Start early for less people. Eat lunch at the top!

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Oren Cheyette
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Christina Parker
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Hiking

This trail has a great mix of rolling hills, ocean views, and mossy redwoods. Great length for a day hike. Very fun, even in the fog.

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Bethany Womack
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Road biking

Pretty muddy, but easy morning walk. Lots of birds feeding in the adjacent lagoon!

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Chloe Craig-Lotito
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HikingFeeMuddy

This trail was awesome! I don’t hike very often but I wanted to get in some exercise in a way that was fun and this definitely was. I went while it was pouring rain and super windy but even with all of that it still was beautiful. Lots of little waterfalls and creeks and good views(although couldn’t see them due to storminess). Took me 3 hours to do the full loop and I would probably say if it wasn’t for the length, this hike would be easy (very gentle slope).

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Laura Enfield
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Beautiful views. Lovely after a rain when the water is running. Peaceful

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Jessica Brandenburg
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Hiking

This was a wonderful hike with stunning views in all directions. Going on a holiday, it appears to be a less crowded trail than others on Mt Tam. It goes through both the state park and the Watershed areas. The elevation climb was gradual and I definitely left the hike feeling like I got my heart rate going, but it was not as much of a heart pumper as some of the steeper and/or longer trails in the area.

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Daniel Brooks Lichterman
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Chrissy Wright
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Longer than 6.1miles! Probably closer to 7.5 miles. Beautiful coastal views.

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Justine Fields
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HikingGreat!

Truly beautiful coastal and woodsy views and you also get a waterfall if you add in an extra mile once you hit the Cataract Trail. It’s definitely on the easier side of moderate. Warning: The naming on AllTrails is not current. The Coastal Trail is now the Bolinas Ridge Trail. There is a different Coastal View trail but that is not part of this loop! The actual route for this loop starting at Pantoll Campground is Matt Davis Trail > Bolinas Ridge Trail > cross the paved road to Laurel Dell Fire Road > Ray’s Murphy Trail > Cataract Trail > Old Mine Loop.

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War Ro
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Ashley Bonnard
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Hiking

Absolutely spectacular, the scenery is always changing from forest views, to ocean views to views of the entire bay! Honestly it’s my favorite hike in all of the Bay Area. Not steep at all too which is great, it’s more of a gradual incline until the end which is a little steeper, but not bad.

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Kathy Fanning
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Chris Lane
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Hiking

Awesome views, varied scenery, on the easier side of "moderate"

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Minh Bui
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Ethan Seitz
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Decent trail. It was cloudy so there were no views. It is more like 7.4 miles, not 6. Also, I found 6 ticks on me. Gross!

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Ani M.
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Hiking

Great hike with beautiful views and some changes in terrain. As others mentioned the mapped trail is longer than 6.1 miles - you can keep it around 6 by skipping the U on Laurel Dell and cutting straight to the Cataract Trail earlier.

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Maarten Oelering
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Hiking

This hike was recommended by the ranger when I asked for a nice 6 mile hike. It was magnificent, albeit my second hike in the SF area. A great mix of views, creeks, and forest.

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