King Mountain Loop Trail

MODERATE 132 reviews

King Mountain Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Larkspur, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 718 feet Route Type: Loop

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Hike around King Mountain which lays in the foot hills of Mt. Tamalpais. This loop trail explores the reaches of King Mt. Open Space Preserve

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over grown
19 days ago

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1 month ago

Beautiful views and vistas! Beautiful bridge with wooden bench for resting amid groves of redwoods. Take a snack to enjoy while drinking in the serenity of the forest!

2 months ago

Great mix of terrain for trail running. Gets narrow at times to look out for other hikers. This is my quick go-to.

over grown
3 months ago

Great hike. Fire roads to the loop then trail. Southside of the trail is overgrown so watch for poison oak and ticks. Northside has ups and downs

8 months ago

Great hike you can do if you don’t have a lot of time. Steep incline to get to the loop but then pretty flat for most of the way.

9 months ago

It’s a great hike. Steep in various areas. A pretty good workout too!

11 months ago

Come it was our first time, and it’s a great hike. It was about 4 miles in all, and the first part is steep, and it’s a bit slippery going back down, It’s good to have a hiking poles. The views are beautiful, and the loop on top is mostly level, and in a redwood and oak forest. Really peaceful. Dogs off leash are allowed on the fire trail going up, but on the loop need to be leashed, and it is enforced. Hike took us about two hours, going a pretty easy pace

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Note that if you search "King Mountain Loop Trail" on Google Maps, it'll take you to the trailhead out at Ridgecrest Road, where it's much more out of the way and harder to find parking. Regardless, it's still a charming loop trail. We went counter-clockwise and covered about 3/4 of the loop before taking the Citron Fire Road down to the start/end trailhead designated on AllTrails. The fire road provided a beautiful view of Marin with a steep downhill incline. The loop part of the trail is fairly easy and well-shaded under consistent tree cover. However, the trail gets narrow at parts and has a lot of rocky ground and uneven roots. Also be on the lookout for poison oak. We saw some lizards and even a curious deer, but no other animals (still, heed the coyote warning signs)! We were also pleasantly surprised to find ample cell phone service for our map apps. Dogs are allowed, and bikes are not. Enjoy the beautiful, varied plant life and views of Marin throughout. Not crowded at all, even on Labor Day.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

The first part of the hike on the fire trail is steep and rocky. The King Mountain Loop is a nice trail through Madrone, Redwood and manzanita is beautiful with sweeping views of the Bay at the top. Recommend this hike!

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Prepare for a steep, hot start! My legs hurt for days after this one. The good thing is that it's only steep for a little bit and then flattens out and winds through shady trees.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Very Nice short hike with a solid incline at the beginning. You can street park in the residential area near the trailhead. The first part of the hike (before it forks) is pretty steep but after that it’s mostly flat-ish, minus a bit of stairs near the summit. Pretty trees and (on a clear day) a stunning view of Marin! Took us about 2 hours to complete but we stopped a lot and walked fairly slow. Saw a few other hikers along the way. The app says 3.3 miles but my recording says we went 3.9 miles. I would definitely do this one again!! Could be a great workout if you power walk/jog this trail.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Fabulous views- Steep at points, then easy walking. Not a lot of parking in area, good for locals. Shortish trail, accessed from top of Skylark as well.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Nice narrow path loop. Easy to moderate.

Friday, June 23, 2017

This is an Ok trail. Today was Jun 23, and it was hot and dry. The little creek was dried up, so make sure you come during more moist days. The view is super pretty and you see SOME red-wood trees. It is a very relaxing hike, with most of the workout at the beginning. Definitely check it out!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Very convenient to Larkspur. Nice bay and Mt Tam views.

Friday, October 07, 2016

The first 3/4 mile on the fire road is fairly steep but when you get to the loop, it's very easy. It's also very shaded in the loop. I went counter clockwise and took every left. There seems to be some other adjoining trails. I hike with 2 smaller dogs and they picked up some small burs that stuck to them. Nothing too bad.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Was a little bit hilly at the first leg of the trip... Then opened up onto the shades trail.... About half way there was some more uphill calorie burning stairs...stairs and more stairs.... Then mostly low grade the rest of the hike... Beautiful views from the top!! Not too bad of a family hike !!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Beautiful trail. Im so glad I had alltrails. It was not marked that well. Lots of uphill action. Beautiful scenery

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Beautiful! Especially after a storm!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Great midweek hike fun with our dogs!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Beautiful trail, moderate climb with exception to several rather steep points. A bit frustrating to see the multiple bags of dog feces and miscellaneous trash along the trail. Otherwise an excellent hike with an epic view of Tam as a reward when you reach the top!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Year round trail with some views of Larkspur and Mt. Tam. Much of trail is heavily brushed and closed in. Loop trail - start to right if you want to end with up stairs, or vice versa. Intersects with other trails including down town Larkspur. Can be busy on weekends.

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