Explore the most popular trails near Bolinas with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."

4/21/2018. Took the long way there and back for 13.5 total miles. Everything is so green right now, plus tons of wildflowers. This hike is tough to beat.

Loved this trail where fresh water meets salt. Absolutely beautiful! Bucket list ✔

4/8/2018 must go now, flowers in full bloom, water fall is huge after this rain season

Lengthy but calm. Views are so incredibly worth it. Go on a weekday and start before 10am. My favorite hike to date. Will be returning.

Bring a picnic, friend, swim suit for the lake and enjoy!

Beautiful and fun! Best hike so far

Took the short cut to the falls and the long way back. great hike!

Love it here so much. Just saw a bald eagle fly across my car very close range on the way to this hike from Bolinas, in the lagoon. Loads of poppies are popping right now. Amazing, special place. I also found a whole, giant abalone shell at the beach but threw it back

amazing hike, start early to avoid the crowds

take the short cut to the falls. It's well worth it

One of the best hike in the bay and the reward in the end of your hike is spectacular!

Well worth it. The way down to the falls, at the rocky area is a bit intense, as there are alot of loose small rocks and pebbles that can easily cause a slip, but there is a rope that helps. There is other ways to get down to the falls via different hiking route and walking on the beach to the falls. Plenty of shaded areas, if you start at Palomarin, you will get great views of the lake, ocean, and waterfall at the end.

Very fun! But to get to the falls, follow he mysterious rock arrow into bushes on the pathway.

The hike itself was beautiful. it had it all, there was forest, greenery, great views, a waterfall, and bit of rock climbing.

This is a great hike and beautiful views

First time hiker! What an awesome trail. As mentioned, the path off to the waterfall can be easily missed. We missed it and ended up on ocean lake loop trail only to find a coyote that made us turn around. On the way back around we saw the arrow and went down the path. I REFUSE TO BELIEVE EVERYONE IS MAKING IT DOWN THESE ROCKS TO THE WATERFALL! We started our hike around 8am so we had the entire trail to ourself. The rocky cliff at the end is steep and can easily be your demise. The rope is very helpful, however as a 30 year old man in decent shape, I had a difficult time getting down to the beach and an even more difficult time climbing up. The rocks must have changed over the years because it is definitely not safe (unless I’m just that much of a beginner) either way I enjoyed myself! Not sure if I’ll try climbing down again. It has to be another way.

Fantastic trail! Gorgeous views of the coast and an incredible waterfall at the end for more nimble hikers who can make it down the bluff.

This trail is heavily travelled but very easy to miss. There is a small arrow like shape made of rocks on the left side of the trail about 4ish miles in. If you reach a bench at a lookout you’ve gone too far.

Amazing hiking. And a small rock climbing was a amazing experience.

Great hike, amazing sites, if windy can can get cold, and watch out for rouge waves!!

Nice hike. Rock climbing at the end was the most exciting part of this hike :P

Lot of elevation and rock climbing at the end of the trail, the view was amazing and it’s worth the hike. Lot of people on the trail though. Parking is small and tough, be prepared.

rough trail towards the end of the hike near waterfall but worth it.

Getting started early is a must - the parking lot at the trailhead is fairly small and this is one of the more popular hikes in the area, so it fills up really quickly. Beware the poison oak, and there’s a bit of rock climbing near the end to actually get to the falls. Otherwise a beautiful day hike!

Got there at about 1pm, right as the first crowd was leaving, got great parking. Timed perfectly for a picnic at the beach, and sunset from the top of the ridge about one-half mile in. FYI: There is a dirt road for about a mile before the trailhead. Potholes

This is by far my most favorite trail. For 8.8 miles, you get everchanging views (ocean, forest, lakes), weather (overcast, clear and sunny), and terrain so that you’re constantly stimulated all the way to the end where there’s a tricky steep descend to get to the beach. But oh is it worth it!

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