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

hiking
3 days ago

I hiked this trail and it is amazing. Definitely not 8.5 miles. I clocked 10.7 miles, so be prepared. Lots of it is shaded. You will see frequent changes in the ecosystem. This is a mountain biking trail and I was the only hikers I came across.

beautiful hike with varying terrain- lake, forrest, “desert”- gorgeous. not what i would i consider “easy” with stairs and inclines not totally steep, but there is a significant elevation gain. you can see san pablo bay at one point. fantastic!

Our dog got bit by a rattlesnake on this trail today. It’s beautiful, but please be careful!

Not an “EASY” hike. Loved it, but its far too technical to be EASY with either a steep sun-drenched grade up a fire road if entering the loop to the left, or a shady, but technical and long up-and-down single track if entering from the right of the split. IMHO, I’d head left and get the climb out of the way early in the hike and then enjoy the walk as you head toward the reservoir filled with really great views.

Great trail. Lightly trafficked this past Sunday. Fairly easy terrain. Lots of ticks. Found at least 12 of them on my pup. It’s tick season, not much I can do about it.

I loved the differing terrain on this hike. I agree with other reviewers, it felt a little more difficult than an “easy” hike considering how many stairs were involved...one of the best hikes I’ve been in the Bay Area!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Awesome

hiking
3 months ago

One of the best locations for many great trails! The best way to get here is going to the 'Mt Tamalpais Watershed' where you pay an $8 parking fee. There is no attendants but a pay machine that you can pay cash or card. Very convenient. There is a porta-potty if you have to go.

Unfortunately, there is no available map for your use. Good thing I used AllTrails' the know where to go exactly! There is plenty of parking even on a weekend but the parking is on gravel. This hike sees both ‘Bon Tempe lake’ and on the other side is ‘Alpine Lake'. The trail we took, took us to both.

Actually, this trail was awesome to take even if to me this was considered moderate and NOT easy; about 5+ miles loop. It takes you to many small waterfalls and rivers, big trees, large logs, bridges and stairs were killer! Don't come here if you've partied the night before. I totally regret it as it was killer on my body! Hahaha...

Some trails can be deceiving but you have to go through rocks, bridges and water beds so make use of those waterproof hiking shoes! Because of the waterfalls, water puddles and lake, beware of ticks! There is a lots of them but you can avoid by wearing long pants and socks if you can. Check your clothes before entering your car.

Most of the trail is shaded but towards the end was open space. Many of the trails are very narrow for one person. I believe this is one of the most beautiful most scenic trails I have gone through so far.

I would definitely come back here to do it again! It's a great workout! The lake is beautiful and pictures don't do justice compared to being there.

Fun loop trail. Easy quick get away.

Be aware that the trail is closed at Carson Falls - a posted sign says trail closed due to hazardous conditions. This hike is in a beautiful area but the trail map needs to be edited and updated for accuracy. I deleted my recording due to trail map errors and will record an alternate route next time.

Nice loop trail with great views and some shade.

hiking
10 months ago

I picked this hike since it was dog friendly and on the shorter side though with a view of two lakes. Overall it was a good hike with some nice scenery though a couple more moderate sections with inclines. After, we drove to the Bon Tempe dam and after seeing the scenery there I wish we took the extra time to hike around that lake instead. However, for a less than 3 mile hike that is dog friendly and scenic, I recommend this trail.

A nice travel with good vantage points and a the chance to see some wildlife.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Took two 5-year-olds, and we all loved it. They kept stopping to look at things, and we had lunch by the lake, so it took us 6 hours to complete! We saw wild turkeys, deer, giant hawks, and more. Beautiful views! Will definitely return. Little town near the entrance to the trail was super charming and looked like it had some great dining options. Will stop there for dinner afterward next time.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Make sure to put on sunscreen as there are no shades for the first 1.2 miles. Just like what another reviewer mentioned, Liberty trail was not clearly marked and looked like it hasn't been used often lately. I had to check my GPS to make sure we're still on the right trail. Lots of bugs along the trail: make sure to spray bug repellant. I would go back here in spring when it will be cooler and more water at the falls.

walking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Lovely, easy walk around the lake. Beautiful scenery. Easier to start on the shady side route (right at the fork).

hiking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Was on our way to Cataract Falls, but found this instead at the road closure. It was absolutely beautiful especially after new rainfall.

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Beautiful trail. We did the loop lots of interesting components wild flowers, views, lakes, streams, quaint little foot bridges, changes in elevation and terrain all in all lovely.

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

My family and I found this wonderful trail in April of 2016 when we couldn't get to Cataract Falls due to a rock slide closing the road. But we were happy we found this gem. And the fact that it was raining when we hiked it made the falls just that much more amazing. The views were amazing and it was decently challenging. Be on the lookout for the poison oak! There was quite a bit. And as an added bonus: Salamanders!

Great work out! A lot of waterfalls. Took advantage after the rain.

So beautiful! Great variety of up and downhills. The weather was beautiful during February and not too hot! It had just rained a lot and the waterfall was full and gorgeous

hiking
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Great hike - as Erika stated - road closed at golf course however that was ok bc far less people (as in one) for the first few hours - the views up Pine Mountain road were amazing - falls were nice but as you can see from the pictures you cant get that close - do yourself a favor, go down the little carson trail for a few minutes, really pretty - little muddy at Old sled road at the bottom, if I had to do it over again I would have done an out and back. Happy trails

hiking
Monday, January 16, 2017

I did the loop a week after great storm. Some of path literally become stream and need extra judgment to pass. You need proper hiking boots to do this trail in wet muddy winter walk. it was pretty chilly and foggy morning but once we reached the alpine lake the view just amazing.

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

The road to the trail head was closed to cars at the golf course, leading to a pleasant 1.3 mile walk along the Fairfax-Bolinas road to the Azalea Hill Trail Head. We enjoyed the exercise and views on the way up to Pine Hill on the Pine Hill Fire Rd, and the beauty of Carson Falls after the big rains. On the way home we took the 1 mile Old Sled Rd back to the Bolinas-Fairfax road. The Old Sled Road included some rough terrain, but was free from people and lead us through a variety of environments and along a rushing stream. It also allowed us to create a loop out of the hike. The Old Sled Rd trail head is on the Bolinas Fairfax Rd, around 2.5 miles from the golf course where we parked. Since the road was closed (maybe this is the case on the weekends?) it was a nice walk on the road back to the car. This is a great hike for a sunny winter day!

hiking
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

This is a beautiful easy hiking trail, a lot of shade and not too long. You can make it longer if you want well maintained btw.

we extended and took the fire road to nail trail before meeting up with little carson falls. portions of this hike are amazing - liberty trail and nail peak were both beautiful, interspersed with some fire road hiking. Also a quick hike along bolinas faifax road is required to link up the reservoir trail and liberty. The waterfall is gorgeous right now.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Great maintained trails. Little poison oaky but not bad. My dog loved it, we went up to Kent Trail, it was a beautiful hike, just wished we could dive in that pristine water!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Lovely hike with my dog.

mountain biking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Excellent. Good mixed of technical, climbs with switchbacks and rolling downhills.

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