Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

hiking
7 days ago

Nice short trail. As you can see on the map, there are lots of fire roads that can be mistaken by the trail.
If you want a better workout, do it counterclockwise (steeper going up that way). There's some peculiar historical information about the area. Also, lots of turkey vultures flying by the tower on top (taking advantage orographic lift).

Nice trail. Dogs on leash, hiking and horses. Bikes are only allowed on the fire road- not the majority of the loop.

It was a cool short hike.

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.

Nice view

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.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

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.

birding
5 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.

hiking
6 months ago

Good hike. Great for family time and adventure.

trail running
6 months ago

Came here on the way back to SF from Santa Rosa, where I was seeing a girl I really likeee.
She made me some overnight oats and I had some Dutch Bros Coffee, thus was feeling pretty charged up to get outside - hence my decision to check this place out. Just recently bought a new pair of trail running sneakers as well, so this seemed like the perfect spot to keep breaking them in and thankfully it didn’t dissapoint. If you’re looking for an intense hike - this isn’t the place...but if you want a solid, well marked and flat 4ish mile trail that has a lot of beautiful scenery (woods, marshes (maybe its a lake?), and birds if you’re into that sort of thing) - this place hits the spot. You can easily extend to 5-6 miles as there are a couple additional paths/trails around the halfway point or you can do the back part of the loop a couple times. Regardless, super enjoyable even though there was some muddiness on the path (thank you Rain Gods). My pup Diego loved it as well, as he got to meet a lot of other cute and I’ll admit ugly dogs on the trail since it was super dog friendly. Parking is really easy as you can park next to the entrance or in the parking lot across the street. Best part is how easily accessible the trail is right off 101 at exit 463. Would def come back for another run or chiller “hike”.

walking
8 months ago

Super easy, mostly flat, and beautiful. Great place to get out and take some pictures!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail with great views of the mountains and Novato below. Great for dogs too!

on North Levee Trail

hiking
9 months ago

This trail is a little gem. Parts are open whilst others are tree covered and nicely shaded--a great respite when it's warm. There are also a number of interesting side-trails meandering through the forested area. For the majority of this hike, the trail follows a wetland, teeming with a variety of waterfowl. If you are a birder, bringing binoculars will be worth the weight and handsomely rewarded. We also encountered a deer seemingly unconcerned by our presence and several other hikers reported seeing a coyote near the trailhead. My visit was on a weekday and it was not busy by any means. I have since returned for another and longer (2.5 hours) hike. This trail can easily be done in sneakers. I brought my dog on both occasions and I am glad I brought water for both of us as significant portions of the trail are still exposed to the sun. I also brought a lunch as there are many nice shaded places to relax whilst overlooking the wetlands and mountain vistas.

hiking
9 months ago

This was a great trail nice elevation gain. This would be perfect for a spring or fall hike. Not much shade, but great views.

hiking
10 months ago

The trail was quiet but quite hot and dusty. I took several of the off road trails to keep cooler

hiking
11 months ago

Would class this as easy-moderate. Uphill about half way, then downhill on the return journey. Nice scenery.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Great for a short hike or not enough time for a longer hike.

Monday, July 10, 2017

No waterfall in July. Only for two weeks after it stops raining, said some helpful locals.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I drove all the way out here to find out it was on campus and I'd have to pay for parking. I like to hike because it's free. I just wish it had been mentioned in the description before I hoofed it up here without money. :(

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dewarf Oak trail easy picturesque.

What amazing hike. It was beautiful, challenging and completely worth it!! Highly recommended.

Monday, May 01, 2017

The hike was pretty. Some sections are closed due to flood so you cant actually do the loop. Beware of ticks! One section of the path is overgrown. Our dog did not roam off trail and we still ended up pulling over a dozen ticks off her.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

really beautiful... birds, water, oaks, wildflowers...lovely!

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