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It’s a great hike. Steep in various areas.
A pretty good workout too!

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!

1 month ago

Come it was our first time, and it’s a great hike. It was about 4 miles in all, and the first part is steep, and it’s a bit slippery going back down, It’s good to have a hiking poles. The views are beautiful, and the loop on top is mostly level, and in a redwood and oak forest. Really peaceful. Dogs off leash are allowed on the fire trail going up, but on the loop need to be leashed, and it is enforced. Hike took us about two hours, going a pretty easy pace

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.

3 months ago

Note that if you search "King Mountain Loop Trail" on Google Maps, it'll take you to the trailhead out at Ridgecrest Road, where it's much more out of the way and harder to find parking. Regardless, it's still a charming loop trail. We went counter-clockwise and covered about 3/4 of the loop before taking the Citron Fire Road down to the start/end trailhead designated on AllTrails. The fire road provided a beautiful view of Marin with a steep downhill incline. The loop part of the trail is fairly easy and well-shaded under consistent tree cover. However, the trail gets narrow at parts and has a lot of rocky ground and uneven roots. Also be on the lookout for poison oak. We saw some lizards and even a curious deer, but no other animals (still, heed the coyote warning signs)! We were also pleasantly surprised to find ample cell phone service for our map apps. Dogs are allowed, and bikes are not. Enjoy the beautiful, varied plant life and views of Marin throughout. Not crowded at all, even on Labor Day.

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.

on King Mountain Loop Trail

4 months ago

The first part of the hike on the fire trail is steep and rocky. The King Mountain Loop is a nice trail through Madrone, Redwood and manzanita is beautiful with sweeping views of the Bay at the top. Recommend this hike!

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.

Prepare for a steep, hot start! My legs hurt for days after this one. The good thing is that it's only steep for a little bit and then flattens out and winds through shady trees.

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!

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.

8 months ago

Very Nice short hike with a solid incline at the beginning. You can street park in the residential area near the trailhead. The first part of the hike (before it forks) is pretty steep but after that it’s mostly flat-ish, minus a bit of stairs near the summit. Pretty trees and (on a clear day) a stunning view of Marin! Took us about 2 hours to complete but we stopped a lot and walked fairly slow. Saw a few other hikers along the way. The app says 3.3 miles but my recording says we went 3.9 miles. I would definitely do this one again!! Could be a great workout if you power walk/jog this trail.

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.

9 months ago

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

Fabulous views- Steep at points, then easy walking. Not a lot of parking in area, good for locals. Shortish trail, accessed from top of Skylark as well.

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.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Nice narrow path loop. Easy to moderate.

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.

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