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Best trails in Novato

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Looking for a great trail near Novato, California? AllTrails has 30 great hiking trails, 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 Angel Island State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve or Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area. Ready for some activity? There are 18 moderate trails in Novato ranging from 1.6 to 9.6 miles and from 6 to 1,633 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 Novato
Top trails (30)
#1 - Big Trees Trail
Indian Tree Preserve
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
Big Trees Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Novato, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optionsShow more
#2 - Deer Camp Fire Road, Old Quarry and Michako Loop
Mount Burdell Preserve
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
From the Novato Valley, this oak-studded mountain rises 1,558 feet to a summit which offers breathtaking views of the entire Bay Area. Along the way, visitors pass through lush grasslands and impressiShow more
#3 - Fairway Falls Trail
Ignacio Valley Preserve
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 38 m
A kid friendly trail, this easy hike to nice seasonal waterfall will give you a taste of what Ignacio Valley Preserve has to offer. Approximately 1 mile out and back.Show more
#4 - Schwindt, Indian Valley, and Waterfall Trail Loop
Indian Valley Open Space Reserve
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
Note: A day permit is required to park - permits can be purchased onsite.Show more
#5 - Michako Trail, San Carlos Fire Road, and Middle Burdell Fire Road Loop
Mount Burdell Preserve
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
Michako Trail, San Carlos Fire Road, and Middle Burdell Fire Road Loop is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Novato, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated Show more
#6 - Chicken Shack and Big Rock Ridge Road Loop
Pacheco Valle Open Preserve
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
Hike on the Ridge between Loma Verde Open Space Preserve and Pacheco Valle Open Space. This trail offers stunning vistas and chance to enjoy the beautiful open space. Take Chicken Shack Fire Rd. to BShow more
#7 - Big Rock from Redwood Highway
Pacheco Valle Open Preserve
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 6 h 25 m
Big Rock from Redwood Highway is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Novato, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers aShow more
#8 - North Levee Trail
Novato, California
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
Note: This trail occasionally closes due to flooding in the area.Show more
#9 - Miwok to Upper Mt Burdell Trail
Olompali State Historic Park
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 51 m
Miwok to Upper Mt Burdell Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Novato, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily uShow more
#10 - Schwindt, Witzel, and Pacheco Pond Tail Loop
Indian Valley Open Space Reserve
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
Note: A day permit is required to park - permits can be purchased onsite.Show more
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