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Kent Trail to Stocking Trail, Rocky Ridge Fire Road

MODERATE 162 reviews
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Kent Trail to Stocking Trail, Rocky Ridge Fire Road is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fairfax, California that features a lake 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: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 856 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Park entrance fee is $8. Parking at the base of the dam. If you hike counterclockwise you will hike along the water and then head uphill through the trees. At the top of the hill, the landscape becomes more desert like, with very little shade and gorgeous views. If you hike it in reverse, you will head up a very steep and exposed hill and then head down into the forest, near the water. Either way, this makes for a great hike, but we recommend counterclockwise.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike, but very hot on an August day. Bring lots of water. Also, don't forget to pay the $8 fee on the machines, one mile ahead of the parking lot. We didn't see the sign and got a $50 fine :(

hiking
2 months ago

This was a beautiful trail and beautiful views. I would recommend ending with the water though. As the day went on the sun got hot. As is recommended, you end in an unshaded part of the hike which gets reallllly hot.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike, look forward to trying it in other seasons. Did the trail counterclockwise as suggested. Which I liked. Started at 9:30 AM, way too late. Once my dog and I broke thru the shade into the sun the last 1.5 miles, was way too hot for the dog. Need to bring lots of water for yourself and your dog. Painful to have a lake near by that you cannot go into, fine is $270 per the Sheriff who was waiting in the parking lot. Don't get caught.

hiking
2 months ago

Super fun hike. Varying terrain makes it interesting. A lot of uphills and downhills but nothing to crazy. Great trail for me and my dog!

Great hike, dog friendly

hiking
3 months ago

I wish there more signs but otherwise nice hike

Such a great hike! Can extend with the split to Cataract falls - so worth it!!! (3.4 mi round trip)

hiking
bugs
muddy
5 months ago

This may be my favorite hike. The scenery was amazing, and being shaded most of the trail was wonderful. From the Spanish moss to the wildflowers to the exposed tree roots that resembled steps, it was just an awesome experience. Like others I chose to start to left to do the uphill earlier in the hike. I guess I went too far and ended up turning it into a 7 mile hike with the steep section in the middle, but it was still fantastic. Tons of flying bugs, bring mosquito spray!

I forgot to record till half way through. Garmin says 1:59:22 @ 5.78 miles. 1184 ft elevation. All around great trail.

hiking
6 months ago

What a great hiking area! Interconnecting trails looping between lakes, with elevation leading to great bay views. Paid parking (enforced with tickets).

running
muddy
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rocky
6 months ago

hiking
blowdown
muddy
scramble
washed out
7 months ago

7 months ago

Winter rainwater gushes down hillsides & fills Alpine Lake to the brim. Wind ripples the lake surface. There's even an attractive small waterfall. Kent Trail climbs up timber steps to Rocky Ridge Road. In places water spills down the trail. After a climb up to Rocky Ridge Road, relish great views of San Pablo Bay & Mount Diablo.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome!

hiking
10 months ago

Favorite trail so far in Marin. Provides for nearly four different types of terrain and a blast to hike or run with my wife.

Monday, October 15, 2018

nice but steep at the front

hiking
Sunday, August 26, 2018

great hike with lots of different types of terrain

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Great hike! Beautiful views and quiet.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

beautiful hike with varying terrain- lake, forrest, “desert”- gorgeous. not what i would i consider “easy” with stairs and inclines not totally steep, but there is a significant elevation gain. you can see san pablo bay at one point. fantastic!

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