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

hiking

views

walking

nature trips

forest

trail running

birding

no dogs

wild flowers

wildlife

kid friendly

river

mountain biking

dogs on leash

waterfall

beach

Mill Valley, California Map
VIEW FULL MAP

did the loop once last spring it is more like 12 miles the fall are alot better after a heavy rain

hiking
8 days ago

Easy, beautiful hike.

great forest trail down into Muir woods. pay attention to trail markings and gps. We got side tracked a couple miles but worth the detour! pretty moderate especially bc of the length. took about 4hrs with 9ppl @ ~23min/mi.

Really enjoyed this route! I see a variety of descriptions here, some of which don’t match up with my experience....

Middle Peak Fire Road; Lakeview; International; Upper Northside; Eldridge Grade Fire Road

If you go counterclockwise on the loop, it’s towards the easy end of “moderate” - I felt like the whole trail went down or level, but somehow I magically ended up where I started (meaning the climb was so subtle it didn’t really register). Steepest climb on my route was hike the highway back to my car in the east peak lot.

You do need to pay attention to your route though! There are several unmarked trails that can easily lead you off course. And in future, I’ll start from the International trailhead instead of the east peak lot/middle peak fire rd.

Most of the views everyone talks about are on the Eldridge Grade portion and at the trailheads/parking spots. Beautiful trek through madrone and oak woodlands to redwood groves at Collier Spring. I hiked it after a decent storm so there was a lot of downed limbs on the trail. And I had it entirely to myself for everything but the last mile when two mountain bikers passed by on the fire road.

Did this loop on the way back to Stinson Beach after summiting the East Peak. Went from PanToll Ranger Station, down Steep Ravine and up the DipSea trail to return back at the PanToll Station. Certainly a fun loop, but i must say Steep Ravine is my favorite part still. The bridge that connects the DipSea Trail to the Steep Ravine leads to an insane section of stairs that doesnt break for what felt like 150 steps. And these are steep. After you summit the stairway to death it leads to a much flatter section of single track that seems to follow the hills. When i went today, it was extraordinarily misty so i could not see what laid beyond, for all i know it offers views of the ocean. However, the Steep Ravine trail has a couple set of stairs that are brutal but not deadly, and a small ladder to climb. Other than that its a beautiful steady climb following a small creek, which was flowing today and has quite a few waterfalls to check out! There are a few switchbacks, allowing you to truly check out the old ferns surrounding you. If you only get to take one of the trails, Steep Ravine is my go-to, but this loop was a fun addition to my day!

Beautiful, more moderate than difficult. Lots of bike traffic but still a great experience.

Coming back down Miller Trail is a treat. Steep, Wet, Moist, Moss, Ferns, creek. Very cool little unknown return trail. Worth checking out. We love it.

Added Loop 7.1 Miles - Arrived at the trail head at 6:45am Saturday morning. 34 degrees out. First mile was cold but once we started climbing it was fine. Look at my photos, super smoky from the fires up north. Only passed a few people today. Probably the cold weather and the smoke, not quite sure but had the place to ourselves. Look at my track we added a bit at the end. My Fitbit says 8.5 miles, Alltrails app says 7.1. Anyway great 3 hour workout, hike. Great when you can beat the crowds. Love this hike.

1 month ago

We took this trail after Canopy-Lost-Fern Creek trail. This trail passes Cathedral Grove, Bohemian Grove and Founders Grove. This trail is popular for public even children and elderly.

It was good morning hike. We started about 9 am and finished by 11:30 am. There was a sign post showing Lost trail, but someone broke it and we thought we missed the trail, but my hunch was correct and came back from Panoramic Hwy and corrected the sign temporarily and told ranger to repair the sign post.

Started at 8am on a misty and dense Saturday. We found parking in the lot - keep in mind you have to pay $7-$10 for your permit. The trail started leveled ground, then midway it was incline and after it was steep. We ended at the exit, which led to a street and cars parked alongside. Decided to hangout at Stinson Beach for a while before hiking back.

Overall, this trail requires you to have stamina and endurance to keep going forward. Other than that, it was very scenic and I would do it again.

It's actually 7 miles from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach. I did this up and back Oct 20, 2018 from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach. I even touched the ocean. I had over 15 miles of hiking before it was all done. Great hike that has so much varied terrain and even multiple climates.

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoy this hike and the beautiful views. It was hard for me because of all the stairs and steps this hike had but overall it was beautiful!

Great trail with a huge diversity of terrain!

Start early and make sure to wear layers. I started the hike counter clockwise to end at the beach. I got sunshine, to rain and dense fog which you can't see 8 ft ahead of you. It was an amazing trail to hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty. Get there early for a parking spot.

scenic driving
2 months ago

It’s so beautiful. I love this place.

My favorite backyard hiking area! Easily end up with 15-20 miles. Coastal scenery is top notch, especially sunrise/sunset hikes. Lots of challenging hills to choose from. Great day hike

Had a great hike. The best park was getting away from the crowded areas and exploring the woods.

Mostly on the road .... not many car however and the narrowness of the road did make it’s way lively wooded areas.

Absolutely beautiful but start early! A lot of stairs and bring layers as the weather changes quickly throughout the hike!

Not much of a view. Crowded. Trees are dying and falling down. Steep and badly maintained. Go elsewhere.

hiking
2 months ago

Recorded route is shorter than mine. I recorded 8 miles to the beach.

Beautiful! Amazing trees!! Great hiking trail and so close to SF that it gives you a great day hike worth the time. We’re visiting from Va. and had to visit this beautiful area.

I did this trail but started at alpine lake took the trail counter clockwise, the trail up winds in and out of large beautiful trees and many creek crossings, and waterfalls. nice wooden bridges to keep you from getting wet even during rainy seasons. Once you get to the top, the trail loses its beauty and other hikers disappears going down.
There is a creek crossing just past the lake that you might run into trouble during rains there is no bridge.

hiking
2 months ago

It’s a good entrance to get to the other larger trails without needing to go where all the tourists enter. The entrance can be a little hard to find, but just look for the tiny signs.

Load More