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Lower Tubbs Island Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews

Lower Tubbs Island Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Novato, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 0 feet Route Type: Out & Back


nature trips


bird watching


wild flowers


no dogs

Thu Jul 26 2018

Overgrown and full of ticks a little boring but once you get near the bay there are there are many different birds to look at.

Tue Jan 23 2018

Worst hike I think I have ever gone on. We walked through a very overgrown trail, completely covered by bushes, and then walked on what seemed to be a farming maintenance trail. We didn't even reach the Bay before turning back because it was so boring and unsightly. The farming equipment we walked by at mile 1 should have been a sign.

Tue Oct 03 2017

The loop is washed out because of a tidal flow enhancement project in 2009 where it turned out nature had better ideas as to where the tidal current should go. (according to the sign) You can hike 2.6 miles out to the bay, and a small part of the loop.

Mon Sep 18 2017

IMPASSABLE AND NOT MAINTAINED. We decided to go clockwise around the loop. This meant we found the IMPASSABLE trail 90% done with the loop, which meant this was an 11.5 mile hike. There is more than 10 feet of fast moving water that no one, regardless of ability, should walk through. Afterwards we see a tiny notice that the trail is out, right next to a big map which doesn't note this. My legs are fully scratched up from unmaintained trail of sharp brush, starting at the shoreline. For the previous 5 star reviewer: you clearly didn't take the route in the map.

Fri Mar 24 2017

This very rainy winter and apparently no maintenance of this trail means it's completely overgrown and impassable. I was able to run on the farming roads adjacent to the trail for an 8 mile out and back but the deep ruts cut in the mud by farming equipment were difficult to traverse.

Tue Jan 10 2017

Great area with lots of bird watching opportunities. I drive Hwy 37 regularly and it's a beautiful area. Not sure about the bike rider review and people walking around in their underwear, but I would not consider that a worthy review. The description clearly says "The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round." not "...biking only if you tolerate thorns."

Mon Jun 27 2016

I planned on mountain biking the path,but the thorns on the path concerned me,so did the guy walking around in his underwear,by his van.

Sat Jul 05 2014

Sun Jun 01 2014