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

Very nice, but Barbara Springs trail is difficult going downhill.

Love this trail. It’s beautiful, mostly covered for rain or sun, dog friendly. Not a lot of parking but otherwise delightful.

Gorgeous and fantastic for pups.

Great hike! Perfect to enjoy the fall weather and color change. I’m new to the area so thanks to all the previous comments for the tips!

If you’re going on a holiday or Sunday, i recommend parking downtown on Magnolia. The parking is free and it’s only a short walk to Piedmont and trailhead. Beautiful hike. Some steep parts but doable.

This is a pretty trail with mellow elevations and beautiful views. Also a lot of different trail options along the way.

Great hike. I'm glad we had cell service or I think we would have gone off trail pretty easily. The last part of the loop is a steep decline that will leave your thighs a little wobbly.

Reasonably easy trail with beautiful views and tranquil forest. There are a couple of steep parts but it’s a great beauty per unit of effort hike and is super close to SF. On the way back (left part of the loop if you look from the start) if you accidentally get off trail it becomes super steep downhill but doable. Finish off with a meal at a Pizza Picco to have a perfect NorCal day

This is a beautiful trail, but if you are running, be warned that there are no stairs on the descent and the dirt is very loose.

Hi, we live in the house at the top of the gravel drive on Piedmont Rd. Do make sure that you don’t drive past the small dirt parking area at the foot of the drive as the only way to turn around is to back into our garage and it’s usually full. To try back out is pretty scary!

The trail and the falls are a real treat. Dogs love it and you’ll get a glimpse of Janis Joplin’s house from the rear and one of Jerry Garcia’s first homes after he hit the big time. It’s an enchanted place and if your fortunate you may see one the spotted owls. They are an endangered species and we are fortunate enough to have one the few habitats where they still thrive.

It’s a great trail for just about anyone. Families, kids, older people, younger people and dogs all love it! Have a beautiful hike as we love to watch all the happy folks walking past our house before and after their adventure!

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is great! From the programmed location in this app walk down until you see the main sign, instead of staying right on the main trial like everyone else look for the small trailhead for Barbara Springs trail if you want a nice booty hike straight up! Once you hit the fire road turn right and follow the trail until you see the trail marker for Dawn Falls trail on the right. A nice less traveled alternative

8 months ago

Very nice! Limited street parking. Most of the trail is in the woods, although at the top there are some more open stretches with fabulous views. On your way down, don’t miss the Barbara springs trail, it’s easy to just walk past it and leave the loop. Some steep parts, and also a pretty little waterfall. Creature sitings: woodpecker, spiders, other hikers, and bikers.

Enchanting, cozy, ancient.

Great trail, VERY limited parking so go early or on weekdays. Pretty flat until you hit a few steep switchbacks shortly before the falls. The falls were just trickling today but it’s gorgeous in the canyon with the redwoods, ferns, and moss so still worth it. I did the loop up past the falls to the left, it switchbacks up to a wide fire road which also had some great views of the tree covered hills and the bay. Finished my loop by coming down the Barbara Springs Trail which was very steep & would be tough if muddy.

It’s easy with kids, our son who is 4yo has been able to hike all the way and back. Parking can be a bit tricky, we had to park 5min away from the entrance.

hiking
10 months ago

Very nice hike on a sunny day. Trail was mostly dry, with a few small muddy spots. Wild flowers beginning to bloom.

hiking
Friday, October 27, 2017

Great trail I've done many times. As an alternative loop , you can continue on Dawn Falls Trail where it crosses Crown Road, continue up (it's steep!) Dawn Falls to then go left on Hoo Koo e Koo Trail which is lovely. Once on Hoo Koo e Koo, you are essentially heading in the same direction as Crown Road only you have more elevation and better views. Hoo Koo e Koo will then cross Blithedale Ridge Fire Road where you head left, down the hill, up the hill, then intersect and head left on H Line back down to rejoin Crown Road. It is the same loop but takes you higher and off Crown Road for much of the time.

This trail has some amazing views and is very well maintained. Not overly crowded for a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Most of the trail is shaded which makes for a very nice hike. Good elevation gain but not too strenuous as the majority of the trail uphill is switchbacks.

We got super lost despite frequently checking the map and ending up nearly doubling the hike to get back to the car, but it was beautiful. Great views and nice tree coverage from sun. Moderate uphill to the top- good workout but not overly strenuous. I parked near the trail head, there's room for about three cars and only one was there even on a Sunday afternoon. However also plenty of parking on the street about a quarter mile below the trail head as well.

Neat 1.5mi loop hike along some narrow paths if you take your first R into the hill from the fire road. Moderate, my 8yr old did fine. Take a picture of the map when you first walk in to reference later.

This is a great trail to take refuge in the cool redwoods and Bay Laurels on hot days. It is magnificent after a good rain when the water is running well through the creek and waterfall. This trail also connects to other trails including Hoo Koo I koo and King's Mountain.

This place is extremely beautiful. Obviously there aren't any falls at the moment, not even a trickle of water but the hike itself and the redwood trees are still a site to see. My group actually started at the end of Madrone which is the beginning of the loop, so we skipped that long mile of walking behind backyards. If you're lucky you'll find parking like we did right next to the trailhead. We started late at 3:30pm and ended at 5:45pm but the sun was still up. The map is super helpful. The last trail you get on which is that Santa something...is a very steep downhill and the leaves make it slippery. Definitely will come back in the right season for the falls though! Loved it!

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Great trail through a redwood forest. As other reviews mentioned, it passes people's backyards for the first mile or so. Doesn't feel intrusive though, they are on the other side of a creek for the most part. There are some cool houses and part of the fun was seeing those. Other reviews were correct about the confusing 'no entry' sign near the parking lot, seems like everyone just ignores that. Saw 2 rangers, plan for dog leash rules to be enforced. The trail as shown in the app has several turning points that aren't well marked, we had to turn back a couple of times. Saw a decent number of people, but it wasn't crowded.

Fantastic shady hike

trail running
Sunday, April 23, 2017

There is a small dirt road and limited parking. You will see a sign saying stop but go just ahead and you'll find parking. I recommend running first towards Dawn Falls then hitting the switchbacks up then loop back around following fire trail. Keep an eye out for your trail marker heading back down. Pretty steep descent take it slow. Then you'll reach the trail you started on and follow it and the creek back towards your parked car. Super shady and creek runs well during rainy season. Dawn Falls itself is a very impressive little waterfall but does dry up quickly in late spring. Great trail with elevation gains. Cool redwoods, covered forest, water features and well paved fire trail. 5 mile balloon loop trail.

Low key and chill

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

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