Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Good Hike. Some steep downhill to start then a single track along the watershed. Bring some bug spray. Big deer flies along the whole trail.

Great hike, but echo the comments on mileage... my Fitbit said we did 13.1 miles, which when you expect 8.6 was a slog at the end. We went clockwise which meant we took the brutal cataract stairs down, instead of up. I think either direction would be an enjoyable hike though!!

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1 month ago

There are so many beautiful trails around here that this one is just totally lackluster in comparison.
I would rate this trail as moderate, not easy. The climbs are not unsubstantial.
Majority of trail is a totally exposed fire road; no shade at all. I did this hike at 8:30 in the morning and it was still extremely hot.
Falls area was pretty, as was a brief forested area 3/4 of the way into the hike, but that was about it.

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2 months ago

Hiked up from the school clockwise. If you’re looking at the school there is a wooden fenced trail to the left which goes behind the school. From there you can find several trails.

Trail is pretty steep with switchbacks for the first 30 minutes or so.

Saw about 20 lizards in the first mile or so.

The first mile has some tall grasses so make sure to wear pants.

The trail itself was great - could use some better signage though.

Hiked clockwise around Lagunitas and then Bon Tempe. Hiking time 2 hours.

This is one of my favorite hikes I have been on! It’s so quite and peaceful. I would 10/10 recommend going on this hike. However the is characterized as easy and I feel like that depends on the trail you pick, but some of the trail a moderate.

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3 months ago

Positives:
-good exercise with the incline on the way out and the way back.
-beautiful views
-waterfalls are always a treat
Negatives:
-we went on a nice spring day with a high temp of ~70, it was very warm with direct sun and only a small portion of the trail in the shade
-traffic through Fairfax was a nightmare. Took us an hour from Novato to get to the trailhead
-no bathrooms, few places to step off the trail with privacy

This was really nice for getting back into the swing of hiking. midweek, saw about 7 people. the falls are still strong and worth seeing as of today. good for contemplation. liked the little moments of opening up. hiked up a bit past the falls, too which was nice for a climb and peek above the trees.

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3 months ago

The majority of the hike is open air with no shade. Once you get to the tree line cover it’s a pretty hike. The Falls still had water. I would recommend once you see the first waterfall continue hiking down and around. The really pretty view is further down with multiple pools and falls. The dogs on leash rule is real. Park rangers peruse the area and will issue citations if caught off leash with your fur friends. The trail is also rocky in the beginning.

3 months ago

Great trail. Like many others in the area, fairly shaded. I went clockwise and there was a steady 30 minute climb before leveling out. Not hard. Easy to join other trails and venture out. Trust the map, it's right. There are a couple of times you'll question it.

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4 months ago

Easy enough hike, uphill then downhill, waterfall at the end is a nice treat! Beautiful views at the top!

Came in mid-March and it was a great hike. Damp all around and the river and falls were in full force.

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4 months ago

Solid hike! Surprisingly solid views of Oakland, an unidentified lake, and sweeping hills along the way. Waterfall was weak while we were there but keep going down afterwards for a walk among some big trees

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5 months ago

Watch your feet. Almost stepped on rattler in middle of fire road. Very comfortable rocks at falls for lunching....

What a beautiful trail. I did the complete 2 lake loop. Most of the trail is undercover of the beautiful forest with views of the lake. I really flat kind of rolling with a couple short hills. Trail surface is pretty hard pack. But there is places that roots and rock mess with balance. The only restrooms are porta potty’s. They were very clean the day I was there.

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5 months ago

Beautiful vistas! Lovely views of Mt Tam and tree lines ridges. The first part of the trail (fire road) can be busy with bikers but eventually the trail splits off so it's just hikers. The parking area is tucked back in a neighborhood and the trail head is tricky to find. Overall, the biggest challenge was lack of trail/directional signage. We were confused at several points and even missed the trail back to the parking lot, ending up somewhere in the neighborhood. We'd def go back to this hidden gem but were disappointed at the inconsistent signage.

Gorgeous trail. Not too crowded on pretty Saturday. Don’t forget to pay for parking *$50 ticket for me!*

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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.

Don't get fooled by the "short" mileage, this is the most challenging "sub-10" hike I've ever done. The climb up to the Laurel Dell picnic site is rough especially on a hot day. Make sure to pack a lot of water since there is no water fountain on the trail. Stocking Trail is a fully exposed fire road so I recommend you do this loop clockwise so you at least hike the last couple miles in the shade. We also saw a big rattle snake on Kent Trail a little bit before the Van Wyck creek.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

save yourself the time & don't do this trail as there is no water seen running through here. extreme disappointment & I'll consider giving this an updated review if I decide to check this place out during a different season.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

Not enough water this time of the year. A very short and easy one. The waterfall doesn't have much water. Won't do it again. However the neighborhood is a very relaxing and pretty one definitely envy people who live here.

One of the best flat hikes you can do in the area. The trail hugs tightly against the beautiful lakes virtually the whole way. Be one with nature already.

This is truly a lovely trail around a serene lake, or lakes, if you include Bon Tempe. Narrow 1-person trails meander through tall forests full of gorgeous flora and fauna.

4/5 for confusing trail signs. Choose a trail name and stick with it.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Definitely go after it rains-- there's hardly any water otherwise! This is also a more challenging hike than this page makes it seem. The first mile or so is mostly uphill on a fire road with no shade. BRING MORE WATER THAN YOU THINK YOU NEED FOR AN "EASY" 4 MILE HIKE. Especially on a warm day. I ran out about half way through and boy did that suck. The trail down to the falls is nice and shaded, but coming back up it's a decent incline. Also, because no one seems to know this, YOU CANT (AND SHOULDN'T) GO INTO THE POOLS AT THE BASE OF THE FALLS. It's all protected-- endangered frogs breed there. Nonetheless, it was a nice hike! There's also a decent amount of Poison Oak along the trail so beware.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

The first couple of miles are breath taking with all the waterfalls! the rest of the trail is a butt kicker! lots of step ups and steep downs.

Beautiful trail, took about 3 hours to get to cataract falls. you're covered by the forest canopy 90% of the time. will be doing this one again

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mostly level hike around two lakes in the Marin watershed. Beautiful water and mountain views around Bon Tempe. Easy hike. Scenic.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Question ; we want to hike this Saturday 3/18 is there a spot to meet friends and hike from there ? So we don't have problems with parking ?

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