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.

1.3 miles
173 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


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.

3 months ago

Went in mid-June with my husband and small dog. Falls were just a trickle, but the hike up was pleasant with a slight incline. The path was fairly rocky the last quarter mile and a bit uneven for my husband who had to use a walking stick for stability. I wouldn't classify this as an "easy" hike as described, but definitely doable. No benches or picnic tables, but they do provide dog waste bags, and parts of the trail you can have your well behaved pup off leash. Oddly for a Saturday, there were hardly any people, which was nice... not loud. I would consider coming back possibly in fall or spring.

5 months ago

Short but nice trail

7 months ago

The waterfall was amazing and cooooold. I went with my dog and there were many friends for him to play with. The only downside was the amount of people, however that’s with all beautiful hiking trails. 10/10 I would recommend heading on down there when the waters running.

7 months ago

Lovely little valley! Easy walk and dog friendly. The falls is actually signed as Buck Gulch Falls.

7 months ago

Lots of greenery. Waterfall is best after rain. By 11 am lots of people on a Saturday.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

This was an absolute oversight on my part, but I wouldn't recommend going during the summer as there is no water at the waterfall! Definitely would recommend this trail for an easy hike with a small pup. He loved it.

Friday, August 04, 2017

I'm sure this spot is great after it's been raining, but there was nothing special about this trail. It was all dry & no waterfall. I don't like hiking places unless theirs water so I was disappointed.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Great family hike, especially when you have young kids!

Monday, April 24, 2017

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.

Friday, April 21, 2017

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.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

it's a great short hike for families

Sunday, February 12, 2017

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

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Really easy hike with an amazing path.

Monday, January 16, 2017

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.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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

Thursday, December 01, 2016

My new favorite spot...great flat walk through lush trees and stream waters. The waterfall at the end is gorgeous and a great spot for meditation with nature!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Went recently. There was no water falling. I assume that the summer and recent drought are to blame. Beautiful hike.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Easy trail for kids. Nice waterfall at the end. Wish it was a longer hike.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

easy hike with a cool ending. waterfall is still running in late May. sign calls it Buck Gulch waterfall.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Very beautiful... Just wish it were longer

Monday, March 21, 2016

It was really good
I love it

Monday, March 21, 2016

It was really good
I love it

Monday, January 25, 2016

I went two days after a rainstorm. The creek and falls were full and flowing and beautiful. Because it is a short, mostly flat walk at the end of a community, there is limited street parking, and I t was very busy, lots of families. This walk would be ideal if I had gone on a weekday when kids were at school for the solitude. But as it was, it was still very pleasant.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

In July... serious drought !

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Relatively easy hike, and well worth the effort to get here. Very secluded and one would only know it's here by way of a local or an app such as this. Most of the hike is via a canopy of trees and heavy growth. The path is clearly defined and well maintained. The waterfall at the end is unexpected and quite stunning.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Trail is very easy, nice walk to the falls. A creek is near you at all times and the water sounds great after a good rain. The waterfall is great but I went after almost a week's worth of rain.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Will come back in the spring to check out the falls

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