Waterfall Trail to Indian Valley

MODERATE 108 reviews

Waterfall Trail to Indian Valley is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Novato, California that features a waterfall 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.

3.2 miles
521 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


Indian Valley Fire rd then take the fork to the left to the Waterfall trail.

23 days ago

Nice trail. Dogs on leash, hiking and horses. Bikes are only allowed on the fire road- not the majority of the loop.

1 month ago

It was a cool short hike.

1 month ago

Parked near the end of Rowland Blvd, so no fees and easy to find the trail. No water in July, but plenty of shade. Might have heard a coyote howl a couple of times. Our dog loved it.

2 months ago

5 months ago

Perfect springtime moderate level hike with a variety of terrain. There was a small creek, a little waterfall, plenty of beautiful moss covered trees, and some killer views from the top of the Jack Burgi trail (that is where you’ll find wildflowers). Every horse and dog on trail was happy and friendly. And despite being moderately trafficked, we still spotted deer tracks and bear scat!

5 months ago

Beautiful day with a lovely waterfall and a great view atop one of the side trails. Good incline. Was easy even with a little muddy conditions.

6 months ago

Good hike. Great for family time and adventure.

7 months ago

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Great for a short hike or not enough time for a longer hike.

Monday, July 10, 2017

No waterfall in July. Only for two weeks after it stops raining, said some helpful locals.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I drove all the way out here to find out it was on campus and I'd have to pay for parking. I like to hike because it's free. I just wish it had been mentioned in the description before I hoofed it up here without money. :(

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

What amazing hike. It was beautiful, challenging and completely worth it!! Highly recommended.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Fun loop hike!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

SO pretty, up high looking out and in the woods! The negatives at this time of year are the mud and the THICK poison oak that encroaches onto the trails. Even on leash, the dogs had to have baths after a walk there.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Great hike! Lots of creek crossing which keeps the kids interested.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Beauty plus. Bring good shoes or slip and slide after rains.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Went hear after a big rainfall in January and couldn't have asked for a better hike. The waterfall trail is short but you can easily hit another loop in the valley and keep going to get a bigger hike in.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Beautiful trail! Hiked the trails with my kids and they loved it.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Do it often as we don't have to drive. Best in the winter or early spring after some rain. A few spur options also.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Great place to hike all year round. In winter, creeks and waterfall are running. In summer, it's good too because most of the trails are in the shade. Park near the sports fields and walk to right of base field. Go through open space gate and turn right onto Ad Schwindt Trail. It winds through dense forest of bay trees and ferns. Go left briefly when you get to fire road then turn right on Buzzard Burn Trail. A steep climb. Turn left at top onto Witzel Trail which winds downhill through forest adjacent to streams. Cross footbridge and turn right again onto fire road. Now you can either walk back to your car or you can turn right onto Waterfall Trail for another loop. This is a must after some rain. Very beautiful.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Love this one. I've been doing it for 11 years, never get sick of it.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Great, can get crowded on weekends but there are enough offshoots that it's easy to get away from the main trail

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Great for a local hike! I usually start at the college parking lot ($4) Most trails loop and take 45min-1:30. Great Nature views and you can easily make it more challenging by.... TRAILBLAZING!

Its illegal... But You can hike over the top ( by the 2 towers) through H Ranch and get to San Rafael (Lucas Valley) Literally atop of Lucas Films. HORSE AND BIKE ARE ALLOWED IN MOST AREAS.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Jan 5th, 45 minutes on "Horse loop" named after the horses corralled on the left of the trail. Easy hike great for interval training. Repeated again on Friday Jan 9th- 50 minutes , Jan 6th did Buzzard hill at IV for 90 minutes.Sat Jan 10th - switchback for 60 minutesFriday Jan 16th with Katherine - 45 min Wed Jan 21- longer hike up switchback to fence- 90 minutes, Thur Jan 22- Clarke Melone loop- 45 minutes, Monday Jan 26th - 45 min Friday 30th - interval training to Roy Orbison music- 50 minutes. - 8 times during Jan 2015.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Jan 3rd - flat walk thru Indian Valley Preserve - 45 minutes

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Not challenging terrain at all.

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