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Best trails in Bolinas

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Looking for a great trail near Bolinas, California? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Tamalpais State Park or San Bruno Mountain State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like McNee Ranch or Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Bolinas ranging from 3.3 to 17.4 miles and from 160 to 1,696 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Bolinas
Top trails (14)
#1 - Cataract Falls Trail
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
NOTE: During times of increased fire danger due to weather conditions, MMWD will close the Mt. Tamalpais watershed to vehicle traffic and suspend land use permits. Please call the watershed closure information line for the latest updates: 415-945-1195 The watershed remains open to the public, with some restrictions, for recreational use daily from sunrise to sunset. The recent county health order prohibits vehicles and parking at the watershed, with the exception of people with disabilities who have the required disability placards or license plates for their vehicles. Parking for those with disabilities is available at our Sky Oaks parking lot. While the watershed remains open, visitors must comply with social distancing requirements of at least 6 feet. All volunteer programs that take place on the watershed have been canceled until further notice. Cataract Falls is one of the most popular falls trails in Marin County within the San Francisco Bay Area. This is a great hike with scattered cascading waterfalls along the entirety of the trail. The trailhead is located off of Bolinas Fairfax Road, just past Alpine Lake. The falls are reached by Cataract Trail starting from Bolinas Fairfax Road. The trail follows Cataract Creek north. The trail shortly starts to climb uphill through a shaded forest and crosses the flowing creek several times. You will eventually reach Laurel Dell picnic area. If you continue on the trail past the picnic area, it will start to descend towards the upper falls. At the junction of Helen Markt Trail and Cataract Trail there is a nice pool where you can stop, take a break, and enjoy the great views. Although this is a short hike, it has a decent amount of elevation gain and is a good workout. If you wish to extend your hike, you can also start from the Rock Spring Trailhead. The best time to visit is after rainfall when the waterflow is heavier.Show more
#2 - Alamere Falls via Coast Trail from Palomarin Trailhead [CLOSED]
Point Reyes National Seashore
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Length: 13.8 mi • Est. 6 h 53 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info. Please note: As of July 20, 2020, the road to the parking lot is closed by the Park Service for the foreseeable future, making it a 6 hour hike to the falls from the closed gate, access to this trail with motor vehicles is blocked. Alamere Falls is a tidefall waterfall that flows into the ocean in Point Reyes National Seashore, northwest of San Francisco in Marin County. This popular Bay Area coastal hike can be reached via the Coast Trail from the Palomarin Trailhead. The parking area can be accessed at the end of Mesa Road outside of Bolinas. The trail offers great views of the Pacific Ocean - including the Farallon Islands on a clear day - as well as Bass and Pelican lakes. This is a well-marked coastal trail to Alamere Falls. When you get to the falls walk just past the top fall, cross over it and down to the other falls. Beach access is on the right down a manageable but unstable cliff. Do not attempt to go down during high tide as the shale rock is slippery and rogue waves can drag visitors into the surf. Long pants and sleeves are recommended as Poison Oak does grow along the trail. The trail is maintained by the National Park Service so check out one of the visitor centers for additional information. Be careful not to miss the optional unmarked shortcut trail to the falls. It's about 4 miles up. There's a little rock climbing involved at the end. The climb down to the falls is not maintained by the National Park service. It can be very dangerous. Please be cautious and wear the correct clothing and shoes. Many people get hurt and have to be airlifted out because they can not make the hike back out.Show more
#3 - Teixeira, Ridge and Olema Valley Trail
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 57 m
#4 - McCurdy Trail
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
Hike up the McCrudy trail to Bolinas Ridge for stunning views and sunsets.Show more
#5 - Glen Camp via Alamere Falls
Phillip Burton Wilderness Area
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 7 m
This is a backpacking route that goes from the Alamere Falls parking area, to Alamere Falls, then continues along the beach to. Then the route cuts back inland and eventually reaches Glen Camp. If you wish to not hike along the beach, you can continue along Ocean Lake Trail or Coast Trail instead.Show more
#6 - Coast Trail to Bass Lake [CLOSED]
Point Reyes National Seashore
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 57 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info. This trail is currently closed due to the Woodward Fire: https://www.nps.gov/pore/index.htm NOTICE: Please note that as of June 2020 Mesa Road may be closed due to construction for major road improvements until July 2020 and access to this trail with motor vehicles is blocked. You can still park at the gate then walk to the trailhead, which will add about 3 miles each way. Hike along the stunningly beautiful Coastal Trail and cool your feet in Bass Lake.Show more
#7 - Coast Trail to Wildcat Camp [CLOSED]
Point Reyes National Seashore
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 5 h 40 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info. Please note that as of June 2020 Mesa Road may be closed due to construction for major road improvements until July 2020 and access to this trail with motor vehicles is blocked. A beautiful hike along the coastal bluffs to the serene Wildcat camp Take the Coastal trail for the entirety of the Hike. Return via the way you came.Show more
#8 - Coast Trail: Palomarin Beach to Limantour Beach [CLOSED]
Point Reyes National Seashore
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Length: 15.6 mi • Est. 7 h 46 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info. Please note that as of June 2020 Mesa Road may be closed due to construction for major road improvements until July 2020 and access to this trail with motor vehicles is blocked. Backpacking the Coast Trail in Point Reyes from the Palomarin Trailhead to Limantour Beach. The trip can be done in two or three days depending on how slow you want to take it. Nearly the whole trip follows closely to the coast. Near the beginning their are a few lakes that are accessible from the trail. Alamere Falls is a great place to stop along the way and does not require a very long hike off the main trail.Show more
#9 - Palomarin Beach Trail [CLOSED]
Point Reyes National Seashore
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 48 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info. Please note that as of June 2020 Mesa Road may be closed due to construction for major road improvements until July 2020 and access to this trail with motor vehicles is blocked. Palomarin Beach Side Trail. Show more
#10 - Lake Ranch Trail [CLOSED]
Point Reyes National Seashore
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 23 m
Due to fire activity, this area is CLOSED to public access as of August 2020. See park page for more info. Please note that as of June 2020 Mesa Road may be closed due to construction for major road improvements until July 2020 and access to this trail with motor vehicles is blocked. Hike around Ocean Lake via the Ocean Lake Loop From the Palomarin Trail Staging Area take the Coast TrailShow more
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