Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

7 days ago

Nice hike! Awesome view! My husband and I did it last week

Scenery: 2
Views: 3
Difficulty: 3
Crowds: 2
Shade: 3

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

Scenery: 2
Views: 2
Difficulty: 1
Crowds: 2
Shade: 2

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

Nice loop with well marked trail

27 days ago

Nice trail lots of shade not too steep and very safe even OK for the older kids

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29 days ago

Great easy trail. Very user friendly for all ages. I'm pretty fond of this little hidden gem right in my backyard so to speak. I've been coming here for years. Once you come to the bridge .. you have the option to go right ( it will take you past the Bugelia Semetary on your left and you will end up on Atherton Ave. Stay right and follow the road and it will take you back to where you parked. ) If you go left at the bridge and keep following the fire road it will take you to the end in the Bahia Subdivision. Feeling Energetic ?. ..still easy ... Take the right at the end of the trail and go UP the hill(paved) and down .. passing Novato Horsemans and the Semitary. Once you pass the Semitary there will be a trail on your right .. that takes you yet again past the Semitary over the bridge and turn left to take you past the water and back to main parking. Hiker friendly, biker friendly, Dog friendly , child friendly and horse friendly. Very peaceful and the estuary is beautiful. On a warm day .. it gets baking out there. So bring a hat and water . Enjoy !!!

Definitely NOT moderate. This trail is HARD. Super steep incline and decline. The map also takes you on to private property,which probably explains why most of the track is not maintained. Only try this trail if you are looking for a serious hiking challenge. The upside was the terrific views at the top & cooling shade through most of it.

Not easy like marked I would rate this as hard do not attempt unless you are a true hiker.
Lots of exposed sunlight bring sunscreen and lots of water.
If you are looking for a brutal workout this is the trail for you.
It’s about 2 hours up to the antenna towers mostly up hill the entire time.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike, no spectacular views. The historical placards were interesting to read. Beware - use insect repellent. I’ve never gotten bug bites from my many many hikes, but I came away from this hike with five nasty bug bites.

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1 month ago

Nice and shady - beautiful redwoods and firs.

The first mile is really steep on most undeveloped and narrow trail. Watch your footing as leaves and loose dirt make trail slippery. Decided to take fire road back down to prevent falls.

Great hike during summer bring good amount of water. 92 degrees at the end of hike.

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).

This is a very nice hike if you want no one on your trail, is a great workout and very peaceful time. The trail is not much shaded so take enough sun protection and a nice hat. Also it gets really hot during summer daytime and so bring enough water. The walk through the neighbourhood isn’t very nice - you don’t go on a hike to see how rich Marin people live. But overall it’s a great workout abs I’ll do it again in spring.

Partially rating this so low because it’s marked here as Easy which both my friend and I thought was false. It should be more like Moderate due to the incline of at least the first good stretch of road and trail. If you’re not in decent physical/cardio shape, and don’t have a key to open the first gate to Chicken Shack Fire Road, this will not be an easy start.

hiking
2 months ago

What a great trail, you get a workout and a learning experience all in one trip. Good for all ages picnic benches under the trees if you want to bring lunch, all around good site

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

This is a long winding trail that I took by mistake, I did not see another human the whole trip very peaceful (and on a Saturday) lots of small critters running around and a few good views. I would not attempt this trail in the rainy season or on a bike. luckily I found a short cut at the picnic benches at the top on the way back that saved me well over an hour.

hiking
2 months ago

Went in mid-June with my husband and small dog. Falls were just a trickle, but the hike up was pleasant with a slight incline. The path was fairly rocky the last quarter mile and a bit uneven for my husband who had to use a walking stick for stability. I wouldn't classify this as an "easy" hike as described, but definitely doable. No benches or picnic tables, but they do provide dog waste bags, and parts of the trail you can have your well behaved pup off leash. Oddly for a Saturday, there were hardly any people, which was nice... not loud. I would consider coming back possibly in fall or spring.

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

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.

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