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Best trails in Fairfax

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Looking for a great trail near Fairfax, California? AllTrails has 53 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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 San Pedro Valley County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 29 moderate trails in Fairfax ranging from 1.3 to 45.4 miles and from 104 to 2,434 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 Fairfax
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#1 - Cataract Falls Trail, High Marsh, Kent Trail, and Helen Market Trail
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 5 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 Cataract Creek Trail offers a perfect excuse to play hooky from work or spend a vacation day in the woods. The creek's waterfalls provide a spectacular anchor for a 7-mile loop through the scenic lands of the Mount Tamalpais Watershed. The loop includes scenic vistas stretching to the Pacific Ocean, narrow single-track into the wooded hillsides into forests of young redwood and Douglas fir. Marin County has over 500 miles of trails; these are among the best.Show more
#2 - Kent Trail to Stocking Trail, Rocky Ridge Fire Road
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 43 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 Beautiful trail with great variety, lots of steps and views of the lakes to enjoy. Hard on the feet and knees so be prepared!Show more
#3 - Carson Falls Trail
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
This trail is mostly on fire roads. Go from the parking area on the Pine Mountain Trail. Then take a left on the Oat Hill Trail. After about 150 yards, there will be a small single track trail on the right. Take this trail, and you'll dip down into a shady set of switchbacks. After about a quarter of a mile you will arrive at the falls. Then return the way you came. The small single track trail down to the falls does not allow bikes. Show more
#4 - Kent Lake via Candalero Canyon Trail Loop
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
#5 - Carson Falls and Pine Mountain Trail
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 26 m
Please note: it is reported the segment of this loop from the lake to Azalea Trail is closed for restoration. Continue past this split until you reach the Azalea Trail.Show more
#6 - Bon Tempe Lake and Cataract Falls Loop Trail
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 5 h 29 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 From the Bon Tempe/Alpine Lakes parking lot head up the hill and across the levee on the right. Keep right at the split and continue on the Kent Trail alongside Alpine lake. Stay to the right and continue on the Helen Markt Trail which will intersect with the Cataract Trail at the top of the falls. you can go down the Cataract a quarter mile or so to see the falls and then come back up to the top. Continue south on the Cataract trail. There will be a number of stairs to get to the intersection of the High Marsh Trail. Take a left on the High Marsh Trail and keep to the left at all of the intersections until you reach the Stocking Trail. Make a right on the Stocking Trail and follow it until it dead ends onto the Rocky Ridge Fire Road. make a left and follow Rocky Ridge all the way back down to the levee where you head back to the parking lot. Show more
#7 - Lake Lagunitas
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 46 m
#8 - Cascade Falls via High Water Trail
Cascade Canyon Preserve
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 43 m
This is a short and easy hike to a waterfall. It is a good place for a family to go with the kids. The waterfall is best after rain during the winter and early spring. Parking can be tricky though so try and get there early or go mid-week. Show more
#9 - Bon Tempe and Lagunitas Lakes Trail
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
#10 - Alpine Lake via Helen Market Trail
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
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