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We often walk the Dawn Falls trail with our dog and make different loops, having always assumed the ladybug trail was quite steep. We are glad we gave it a try and added on the King Mountain Loop. Walking in mid April and there were scattered wild flowers. The trail is in good shape, with ladybug climbing steadily but at an easy incline. The king mountain loop is a narrower but easy to follow trail. One section has a series of stairs but otherwise generally easy terrain. Walkers in front of us encountered a rattle snake and we heard it rattle off back into the grass. Coyotes were howling as well. This place is a great outdoors oasis but so close to home and easily accessible. Parking at dawn falls trailhead area is always tough on weekends, and this time we were almost a half mile down the road. For those who like Dawn Falls, give this add on a try! It brings different ecosystems and views in.

1 month ago

well marked, very pretty, fun for my 3.5 year old.

Beautiful hike. Kid and dog friendly. Nice size creek, especially this season with all the rain. Beautiful shaded hike. Parkinh is very limited.

Great hike for someone with dogs! It’s mostly covered by trees and redwoods scattered all throughout the trail. A wonderful little stream meandering through most of the trail and in light of the recent rains, there was actually quite a bit of water running across the falls! The trail itself was great, mostly dirt, with some steps, rocky areas, and a few washouts which were no doubt a result of all the rains lately, but overall pretty easy to moderate I would say.

Be advised, this trail is more like 5.2 miles (tracked with Strava) round trip from where AllTrails says it starts and parking is SUPER limited. We didn’t really know what to expect with parking, but we arrived around 10am on a Saturday at the trailhead and got super lucky to snag the final spot. We did see quite a few people on the trail and it was quite clear that there are other areas where you could park and pick up the trail from.

We hiked this on Presidents’ Day. There is hardly any parking near the trailhead so be prepared to add another mile onto your hike walking to and from your car. We experienced Lots of microclimates and the falls were gushing. Some trees down and debris on the trail but overall not too bad after the storms we had. Be especially careful on the Corte Madera part of the trail. It’s like a river running through there right now making it difficult to find the actual trail. All in all a great hike that ended up being 10 miles.

beautiful trail with the redwoods around and the stream following the path. it was a little muddy after the rain but not too bad

great trail and watefall

2 months ago

We returned to do this hike during wet season. Awesome! The stream was flowing and everything was covered in a bright green moss. We like the steep uphill half way through that gets the heart pumping. There’s also a number of other trail options to extend the hike as we did. There’s limited parking (neighborhood) so you might have to walk a little.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Great hike you can do if you don’t have a lot of time. Steep incline to get to the loop but then pretty flat for most of the way.

Awesome hike with my kiddos this morning (4 and 6 years old). Our pup loved it too!

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

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!

6 months 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.

7 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

8 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.

11 months ago

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!

Sunday, April 01, 2018

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

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