Fairway Falls Trail

EASY 51 reviews
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Fairway Falls Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Novato, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. 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
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
183 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

A kid friendly trail, this easy hike to nice seasonal waterfall will give you a taste of what Ignacio Valley Preserve has to offer. Approximately 1 mile out and back.

hiking
28 days ago

1 month ago

Beautiful walk. Mostly uphill on the way in, but not steep. It's dry right now so the waterfall is more of a trickle. Lots of mosquitoes. We stopped at the waterfall to take pics for about 5 min and I got bit 4 times. Will definitely go again.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Great family hike, especially when you have young kids!

2 months ago

Beautiful hike to an adorable waterfall! This is a short, but sweet hike with beautiful greenery and streams throughout the hike. Dog friendly and very well maintained.

3 months ago

Perfect hike for families. Our two year old can walk this hike almost entirely on her own. The waterfall and creek are fun. Best in the spring time. First part of the hike in has no tree cover and is unpleasantly hot if you go in the summer/early fall.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

it was a great walk with the dogs and kids after all the rain

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous trail that follows a small stream. Lots of little lizards sunbathing on the rocks that scatter when you walk by. Moderate obstacles to cross the river in two places, but not terribly difficult. Very rewarding waterfall at the end in a cool and tree-covered space. Saw a few others on the trail, but never felt crowded. Would hike again!

4 months ago

it's a great short hike for families

hiking
5 months ago

Decently short trail that's mostly just walking. There's a slight incline to the hike that crosses the river twice, once right at the beginning and one near the waterfall. If you want the easy cross, bring some waterproof boots; otherwise the crossing can be tricky, especially for older or less mobile individuals. The waterfall at the end is a nice treat but at least on the day we visited there were quite a few people along the trail.

Distance: Easy
Elevation: Easy
Technical: Easy-Medium
Crowd: Moderate

walking
5 months ago

Really easy hike with an amazing path.

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Short, easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. There was plenty of parking when we arrived at 10am. Make sure you wear waterproof shoes! The trail crosses the creek a couple times.

If you're looking for a much longer, strenuous hike, you can do the trail that connects to Big Rock Ridge Road. It was totally empty, but probably had a climb of 2000 feet.

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6 months ago

Nice easy hike. Definitely go after some rain fall to see the water fall.