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Best trails in Fairfax

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Looking for a great trail near Fairfax, California? AllTrails has 51 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 Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area. 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: As of August 2020, the road to the trailhead may close if there are safety concerns. Please check with the park before visiting to check for most up to date road conditions. 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.Show more
#3 - Carson Falls Trail
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
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. 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. The trail to the lower section of the falls is closed as of February 2019. Hikers can still get to the falls.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
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.Show more
#5 - Carson Falls and Pine Mountain Trail
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 26 m
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. 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 - 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
#7 - Lake Lagunitas
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 46 m
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.Show more
#8 - Alpine Lake via Helen Market Trail
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
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.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
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.Show more
#10 - Camp Tamarancho Loop
White Hill Open Space Preserve
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 5 h 16 m
The Marin Council and Boy Scouts of America operate Camp Tamarancho in the hills above Fairfax. Tamarancho trails are some of the more challenging in the Bay Area, and tons of fun. This loop is very popular with mountain bikers and is located in the heart of the birthplace of mountain biking. This loop is considered by many to be the best single-track riding in the Bay Area and is not recommended for beginners. It features rock gardens, tight switchbacks, groves of redwood trees, and Endor, the first flowtrail built in the Bay Area. Starting in downtown Fairfax, this route climbs to the start of the classic 6-mile loop which includes many technical climbs, a newly constructed flow trail and many fun descents. You can ride the loop in either direction but during peak hours it's strongly advised that you ride in a clockwise direction. Please note that riding on this trail requires a day pass permit which costs $5. Permits are available at local Fairfax bike shops, or you can go to www.boyscoutsmarin.org to purchase a pass online. Show more
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