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Turtleback Point Loop is a 0.7 mile loop trail located near San Rafael, California that offers scenic views. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 42 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Views

No dogs

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Walk along one of San Pablo Bay's sensitive wetlands area and lowland forest edge around Turtleback Hill. Views of Mount Diablo, Mt. Burdel, Jakes Island, and across to the east bay shoreline. A great place to scope out kayakers in San Pablo Bay.

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An extremely easy trail that is generally ADA compliant.

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Elijah Pickett
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Matty Carbone
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Fahm Saelee
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Easy trail that loops around a "turtle back" which is really just a mound that resembles a turtle back. You get some nice views of the meadow. Good for kids and it's accessible.

Sarah Bessing
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Walking

Nice easy loop walk. Went for bird watching 2 months ago, but the tide was out and there was nothing to be seen. I was specifically looking for shorebirds, so I was disappointed, but the walk was pleasant. There's a boardwalk along the shore side. Good interpretive signs. Mostly flat ground, muddy in spots as it has rained the prior week. Only saw 3 people and it was on a Saturday. Parking is off the road with no lot and we didn't see a sign very clearly until we got out.

Tamara Thebert
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Walking

Short easy walk on a single trail with nice views of mountain. Good if you want to avoid bikers. Also good if you just want a loop to walk around and if you like to pretend you are walking around a turtle’s shell:-) Easy parking on a weekend day.

Tim Bryson
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Easy. Busy. Views. Informative signs.

Jenn Trapp
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Hiking

Easy loop, good for bored kids. Or to do just a bunch of lazy loops with a pretty view.

Michael Beck
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Very nice easy hike, great for beginners

Chad R.
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Bella L.
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Susan Lyon
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Alex Filippenko
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Juliana Nunes
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E S
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Cedric Cedric Hernandez
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Alex George
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Douglas Finley
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Tara Harris
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Marzia Della Corte
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Rock Weir
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Jon Goin
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Irene B.
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Jordan Dunn
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Gene Gilardi
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Francisco Morrow
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Hillary Johnson
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Scott Ford
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