Ring Mountain via Loop and Phyllis Ellman Trail

MODERATE 90 reviews

Ring Mountain via Loop and Phyllis Ellman Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Corte Madera, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

2.7 miles
711 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

rock climbing

trail running



wild flowers

As of October 2018, users have reported that there are some trail closures in this area due to endangered plants. Ring Mountain is part of the Marin County Parks Open Spaces offering amazing 360 degree views of Tiburon, Corte Madera, and on a clear day, even across the bay into San Francisco. The main trail itself is rather short and steep in some sections which provide an elevation gain of 500+ ft (depending where you start). There are several trails throughout the open space to explore and there is also multiple access points to the top. Trail activities include: hiking, walking, trail running, photography, wildflowers, birding, and rock climbing at Turtle Rock.

4 days ago

Super fast and fun trail. Great for kids plus dog on a Sunday afternoon. Great views of SF at the peak!

15 days ago

Easy and nice view, a little bit muddy but still walkable

4 months ago

A little confusing due to some parts being closed. Good views but rather sparse

5 months ago

Some of the portions of the loop are blocked off due to endangered plants so have the map on hand to make alternative plans. Great views otherwise

10 months ago

Beautiful views of the entire Bay Area! The hike up from the parking is a moderate uphill trek for 1 mile. Once you are up “on top” there are lots of different fairly flat side treks you can take. All allow different angles of the really special view of almost the entire Bay Area. Really cool. Lots of nice people hiking around today too. Was really windy today, as top is fairly exposed. Totally worth a couple of hours and some decent exercise on the ascent.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

really pretty views, wish the trail was longer.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bouldering too!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Beautiful! Some parts very muddy but mud doesn't scare me. Passed a lovely brook flowing down the mountain. Cool views of the bay and San Quentin. Many talc rocks along the way. Rock carvings and formations built by Natives long ago. Saw Oakland star tulips and other beautiful wildflowers.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

It's a great hike, and fairly easy trail (though it's quite slippery and muddy the day after rain). The trails are easy to follow and the views are pretty spectacular from the top of each section of the trail - from downtown San Francisco and the Bay Bridge to San Quentin Prison across the Bay and rolling green hills with rocky outcroppings and wildflowers.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Nice hike but would consider it "moderate" rather than "easy". It's uphill and rocky. Beautiful views from the top.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Great views of the SF and the bay with some impressive rock outcropping and Tam peeking over.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

My wife and I went here for an evening hike and it was amazing with a clear day you can see as far as San Francisco and the Oakland Temple. Beautiful trees, rocks to climb and amazing views. Great place to have a picnic!

Sunday, August 21, 2016


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Ring Mountain trail system provides some of the best views of San Francisco available in Marin County. From the top looking south, hikers can see the Bay Bridge, San Quentin, the city and many other treats.

Trails here are steep and moderately difficult. Rock outcrops along the trails are worth keeping watch, but the conditions on the trail are mostly smooth and clean. Dogs and trail runners are common, but so are tourists and those who don't regularly hike but appreciate marvelous views.

I recommend going slightly before sunset to catch the falling sun land behind the hills to the west. The best views here are toward the city and back to the east. The kaleidoscope of colors during a Northern California sunset are a sight to behold!

Monday, November 30, 2015

views are fabulous

Monday, June 15, 2015

Pretty hike when when the weather is clear. Not a very strenuous hike.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Beautiful hike! I would give it at least an hour to really take it all in. Spectacular views from the top. App states this is a "difficult " hike, but I would call it moderate at best.

trail running
Monday, October 22, 2012

Ring Mountain has steep, but short, fire-roads with a few single tracks intertwined great for early morning/after work hikes. This is a good place to do some short trail running too, you should be able to link enough trails to get an hours run in before you get bored. Dogs are ok off-leash on the fire-roads as long as they are obedient and respond to voice commands. Some light bouldering can be done on Turtle Rock (a large rock towards the top).

Even though Ring Mountain is one of my favorites places to go (mainly because of location), I give it a 4 only because the amount of time spent here is limited by its small space.

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