Lucas Valley Loop Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews
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Lucas Valley Loop Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Rafael, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1591 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A fun little hike with a 360-degree panoramic view at the top Fun little hike just off of Lucas valley road in Marin. The first mile is a heart thumper.

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19 days ago

We ended up walking from our hotel in San Rafael and did not arrive to the trailhead until mid morning on an early June day that happened to be very warm. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Despite the heat and full sun it was worth the effort. Hawks and eagles can be seen catching the currents and there were plenary of beautiful vistas. Trail signs are not existent so make sure you study the map before you get started.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

FitBit tracks about 145 "floors", but it feels like more than that! Spectacular views at the top make the brutal ascent worth it.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

This is actually steeper than we thought it would be. Creeks beautiful and great yo water doggies.

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Mostly fire road and steep but it's close to home and a good workout with some good bay and Novato views.

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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Great hike. Go clockwise for shade on the way up. Our only issue was bringing older parents. This trail is really steep so not for the out of shape.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

We hike this loop at least once a month, going up what's marked as Queenstone Rd up to the Fire Road, over to Big Rock Ridge and then down the trail which we've dubbed "Goat Trai" since you'd need to be a billygoat to come UP that way. It's a great workout and some very nice scenery especially on the way down as the road winds around the crevasse back down to the stables off Rubicon.

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Sunday, April 07, 2013

Ps this is not year

Sunday, March 10, 2013

A beautiful, steep climb up a natural steep canyon. We only had an hour, and after an hour and a half, we were still climbing, hoping to get to the fire road. We think we were close, but turned back and went down the same way we came. We hiked up and down in about two hours. Count on 3 full hours to do the whole loop. It's a beautiful, natural environment, with great views, and much shade along the way.

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