Explore the most popular trails near Corte Madera 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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Really pretty and peaceful but the steep inclines and declines were hard on my knees - I attempted to run this trail and walked 25% of it. Might attempt again on a good knee day

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

1 month ago

Wow ok I really loved this one! It’s not too rigorous and goes up and down in little waves as opposed to all up one way and all down the other way. Nice wide trail with gorgeous trees, grass, flowers and mountain/valley views. We got dropped off bc there isn’t really parking up there. You need to walk to the end of summit drive (a steep climb) and the trail starts up there at the top. Overall including walking along the street, it was 5 miles out and back. Creature sitings: caterpillars, butterflies, lizards, birds, doggies, hikers, and bikers.

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.

really pretty views, wish the trail was longer.

11 months ago

Bouldering too!

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.

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.

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

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!

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!

views are fabulous

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Shady. Fun alternate route from/to CM middle ridge/escalon Fire road off Camino Alto. Some tree trunk obstacles.

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

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.

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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.

1 month ago

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