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

Beautiful hike; most of it is shaded which is nice on a hot day, steady elevation, easy parking and easy to follow. One thing though is there are no bathrooms so plan accordingly :)

It was a cool short hike.

Great for trail running

Parked near the end of Rowland Blvd, so no fees and easy to find the trail. No water in July, but plenty of shade. Might have heard a coyote howl a couple of times. Our dog loved it.

Exactly what I was looking for. This trail says 4.2 but I ended up stretching it to 5 by taking a few extra paths. It says hard difficulty but the sections that are steep can be bypassed via the road/driveway that leads to some stables. speaking of stables, watch your step on this hike. This trail area are also used by horse riders. it's not a big deal and the trail is wide enough to easily avoid any droppings.

This was a good one and I'll be back to explore the other routes for sure

Short but nice trail

Nice view

Loved this loop. Steady elevation gain w/no super steep areas, lovely shade through stands of oaks and redwoods. Easy parking along the side of the road where pavement turns to dirt. A bit of a hidden gem.

What a surprise! Equal to the best trails in Marin and Sonoma counties. Misty day, but a great showcase for the Redwoods and ferns that dominated the trail. Will be hiking the trail again on a hot, sunny day just to enjoy the contrast.

Fun, good climb, narrow in spots.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Lots of y’all grass, watch out for ticks, and rolling hills. The climb was easy and nothing to strenuous.

loved it! beautiful and shady. it was a gradual climb to the top so not too bad. the trail at times gets pretty small. but a beautiful place!

hiking
2 months ago

Took the dogs around the lower loop, “lower” being relative at 1200 ft... lol. Great gradual hike with well maintained switchbacks. The Redwoods coming down over the mountain into the Novato valley are a great treat to eventually see on your way to the top. Looking forward to doing the upper loop next time!

This was so moderately perfect!!!!! Gorgeous! Everything is in bloom. Wonderful hike

Nice loop trail. Use it a lot. The trail that goes off half way has the prettiest views but best to double back once you hit the end at the neighborhood. LOTS OF TICKS this year.

Very easy and mostly shaded! Nice little creek at the northern part of trail. Love the history lesson before the walk. Great for little ones! If mosquitoes are attracted to you, do not forget the bug repellent! Lol

hiking
2 months ago

Super hot are dry but fun. Does have a steep climb in the beginning.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail with great views! The trail was well marked, we followed the map in the post and had no problems using the trail markers. There is some wildlife on the trail, we saw a coyote. Enjoy!

hiking
3 months ago

The waterfall was amazing and cooooold. I went with my dog and there were many friends for him to play with. The only downside was the amount of people, however that’s with all beautiful hiking trails. 10/10 I would recommend heading on down there when the waters running.

walking
3 months ago

Lovely little valley! Easy walk and dog friendly. The falls is actually signed as Buck Gulch Falls.

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of greenery. Waterfall is best after rain. By 11 am lots of people on a Saturday.

The trail was pretty easy to find and navigate. Our Golden puppy brought back 6 ticks!

Perfect springtime moderate level hike with a variety of terrain. There was a small creek, a little waterfall, plenty of beautiful moss covered trees, and some killer views from the top of the Jack Burgi trail (that is where you’ll find wildflowers). Every horse and dog on trail was happy and friendly. And despite being moderately trafficked, we still spotted deer tracks and bear scat!

Beautiful day with a lovely waterfall and a great view atop one of the side trails. Good incline. Was easy even with a little muddy conditions.

Lots of creeks and a small waterfall. Very dog friendly. Need a day permit to park, which you can purchase onsite.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, took a picture of the map located at the trailhead, well marked easy to follow directions, shaded with big trees for majority of the hike. Muddy today but no big deal, still enjoyed this quiet hike.

birding
4 months ago

Beautiful hike, great views when you get to the top - it was a clear day and we could see the Bay, bridges and city. We also saw turkey vultures, red kites, woodpeckers, and even a couple of newts in addition to the fluffy cows! A great hike, especially for spring or fall when it's not too hot.

4 months ago

A nice walk with lots of birds and butterflies. Find a bathroom before you get there. We found no facilities. The visitor center was not open Sunday, 2/25/18. Lots of historical buildings and a few teepees would keep kids busy exploring. We’ll go again. The views are lovely.

Seriously steep incline to get up, and equally steep on the way back down. But gorgeous forest and incredible views when you get to the top!

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