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King Mountain Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily 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.

Length 3.3 mi Elevation gain 718 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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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

Trailhead off of Willow Ave.

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Reviews (287)
Photos (193)
Recordings (296)
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Chinita L
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Hiking

Quite steep initially but fairly flat the rest of the way.

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jackie Joern
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Walking

This trail definitely has potential, but if you have a baby and/or dogs and/or it’s a hot day be warned. I feel like there was lack of recognition of the steepness and gravel road for the first .5 miles. Some reviewers claimed that this is a great wooded trail for a hot day. LAUGH! Once we got into the woods it was more enjoyable but that first part really sucked that we ended up turning around.

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Robin CJ
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RunningGreat!
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Ingrid Scozafava
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Hiking

First half mile is a good warm-up on fire roads, followed by a beautiful wide deer trail filled with views. The trail slopes gently around the mountain when you start counterclockwise. Good hiking shoes a must to avoid slipping on the gravel path down. The only limit is the limited parking. To ease the neighbors I would park just past the start of the trail on sycamore.

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Ken & Susan Jamison
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HikingGreat!

Love this Loop...Sunrise Hike is Very Serene and Scenic

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Clarence Kenner
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Hiking

Great for kids dogs etc.

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Jennifer Charney
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Beautiful forest of redwoods and bays on a narrow single track. Northwestern part of loop is steep with steps and switchbacks, roots and rocks. Spectacular bay views on the east side. Limited parking from the Wilson street trailhead. From Wilson trailhead, going clockwise is a long descent; total loop is 2.2 miles and 150 feet of elevation gain.

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Melissa Hale
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Hiking

Great easy hike with just the right amount of incline. The best part is that dogs are allowed off leash for the first mile of the trail (on the fire road before getting to the actual loop). Great hike for anytime of day! I went around 2pm and the wind kept me nice and cool. This trail is also 90% shaded. The only exposed area is the fire road in the beginning.

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Kara Guerrero
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Hiking

Great easy hike on an early Friday afternoon. Inclined and open about 1 mile in then the rest is stable terrain and shaded. I saw goats in a pasture in the beginning. Great views!

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Taryn Rosenberg
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Hiking

Nice trail with a few minutes of great views.

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Aaron Spark
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Hiking

Exposed start

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Vivian Ling
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Hiking

Great hike. Make sure to use the start/end point on the app instead of searching for mountain king loop on google map which Takes you to a residential area with less parking. Mountain lions spotted last week in this area.

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Demia Edwards
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Hiking

First .75 is steep uphill, brutal beginning for me. Otherwise really nice hike. Some parts are shaded and some open

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Diana DeMarsico
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Cameron Shaw
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Hiking

First mile is steep with no tree cover, the rest is beautiful.

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Alfred Sivathondan
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Great trail - a bit rocky at times and if you’re going counterclockwise, there’s a steep section with quite a few steps but otherwise, it’s really nice (and open with social distancing available during the lockdown). Closer to 4 miles than 3.3 but not particularly strenuous overall

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Robert Woodcock
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Hiking

Gorgeous 1hr hike. Good signage. The first .8 of a mile is a fire road getting up to the trail. That’s a lot of the elevation. Beautiful views of the East face of Mt. Tam to the west and from Marin to Mt. Diablo to the east.

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Adam Foltz
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Hiking

trail is good but my GPS messed up

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Asli Ors
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Zack Thompson
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Hiking

Nice trail. Steep ascent, proper footwear is essential here. Pay attention to the map and be sure to stay on the right trail because it would be easy to drop down the wrong part of the mountain and end up really far away from your car. Beautiful views of Mt. Tam and the bay.

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Brandon Harper
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Hiking

Great shady hike with beautiful views. Well maintained and fairly easy save for a few steep parts.

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Brian Buckley
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Hiking

Enjoyed this hike. Great views of SF. Little muddy after rain. Some incline, but nothing crazy. Gets the blood pumping. Would do again

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Ashley H
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Hiking

Very enjoyable good trail. Parts were wet even after 2 weeks without rain right shoes important

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Jessika De Jesus
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Great mix of terrain. Steep climb to the actual loop (like everyone else said) but, apart from the stairs and a few ups and downs, it’s pretty even going around the loop. It had rained all week so the trail was a bit muddy today. Some areas have narrow paths so keep an eye out for poison oak, ticks, and rocks/tree branches you could trip over. It took me 1.5 hours going at a moderate pace and stopping often to take photos. Great workout, overall!

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Suzanna Flom
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Hiking

Perfect trail for an hour and half with the doggie! Lots of shade and gorgeous scenery and views. Loved it!!! Good workout too. Steep only in beginning. Loop itself is flat.

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Erin Schlueter
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Hiking

Great views and good mix of sun and shade

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Jennifer de la Fonteijne-Barnett
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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!

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E Hoffman
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Running

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

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Suhaila S
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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

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