Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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
1 month 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
1 month 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

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

hiking
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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.

hiking
3 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
3 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.

3 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!

Excellent trail. Easy parking and safe feeling. Was hoping for a view to the south to see SF on summit, but mostly valley views, arguably more pretty anyways. Shady, so really good for warm days, but can be really cold feeling on colder days (62 today but felt way cooler in woods), so wear many layers if it’s below 65.

Moderate rating is accurate - steepish sections but trails are very easy to follow and well maintained. Did it in about two hours. Lots of horse manure when we went, easy for humans to dodge, no big deal, but may become frustrating if you are navigating your four legged friends who always wanna sniff around it the whole way.

Like all hiking treks, check for ticks at the end. Noticed one heading for open skin after I got into my vehicle, caught him though, no sucking on me sucker!

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous! cant believe Ive lived so close and never gone. They do close the gates at 5pm, unlike other parks, so make sure to calculate your time especially if you want to do the upper ridge. Second favorite part of this hike was the shade. 2/12 I needed and long sleeve and a light jacket. But I could imagine how refreshing in the summer this hike would be. And all the pictures are right on

hiking
4 months ago

great trail easy to follow!

hiking
4 months ago

Steeper than we thought, beautiful area. Good parking.

Good hike. Great for family time and adventure.

Great trail with moderate switch back to the to the peak. Good work out with great views of the valley below.

Go when it’s a little foggy

trail running
5 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”.

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