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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, trail 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 Sonoma Coast State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area or Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve. 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
#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 impressive forests that contain some of the finest (and oldest) specimens of oak and bay trees in Marin. From the gate off of San Andreas Dr, take the Deer Camp Fire Road then take the Cobblestone Fire Road to the highest point along the trail. Complete the loop by taking Old Quarry Trail to San Carlos Fire Road, then Michako Trail to return to the trailhead. Show more
#3 - 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
#4 - 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
#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
#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
Note: Users have reported that the southern half of the loop is closed on Monday- Thursday until November 2020. 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 Big Rock Ridge Rd.Show more
#7 - 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
#8 - Miwok to Upper Mt Burdell Trail
Olompali State Historic Park
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 51 m
#9 - Big Rock from Redwood Highway
Pacheco Valle Open Preserve
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 6 h 25 m
#10 - Olompali Trail
Olompali State Historic Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
Explore this easy loop in the Olompali State Historic Park. Hike through grassland and oak woodland. This loop connects the Miwok and Lower Mt. Burdell trails. Olompali comes from Coast Miwok words meaning southern and village or people. Researchers believe that Olompali was one of the largest villages in what is now Marin County.Show more
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