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Best trails in San Rafael

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Looking for a great trail near San Rafael, California? AllTrails has 39 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 San Bruno Mountain State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like McNee Ranch or Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area. Ready for some activity? There are 24 moderate trails in San Rafael ranging from 2.3 to 9.5 miles and from 9 to 1,876 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 San Rafael
Top trails (39)
#1 - Terra Linda - Sleepy Hollow Ridge Trails
San Rafael, California
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
The Terra Linda Open Space Preserve holds a wonderful collection of trails and adventures waiting to be explored. A great location to spot butterflies and birds, keep your eyes out for Golden Eagles.Show more
#2 - Big Rock Ridge Trail
Lucas Valley Preserve
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
Take the Big Rock Ridge trail to explore sections of the Lucas Valley Open Space Preserve. This hike feature nice views and meanders through a mixed range of elevation and biomesShow more
#3 - China Camp State Park Loop
China Camp State Park
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 4 h 14 m
China Camp State Park Loop is a 8.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Rafael, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of aShow more
#4 - Oak Ridge Trail and Bay View Trail
China Camp State Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
Please note this trail requires a hiking permit ($3) and a parking pass ($5).Show more
#5 - Big Rock Loop
Loma Alta Open Space Preserve
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
Big Rock Loop is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Rafael, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
#6 - Blackstone Canyon Trail and Queenstone Fire Road
Marinwood Open Space
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 5 h 50 m
The trail climbs more than 1500' and provides 360 degree views of the Bay Area including Mt. Tamalpais, SF, Mt. Burdell, the Sonoma areas and the Bay waters from Napa to the Richmond-San Rafael BridgeShow more
#7 - Bay View Trail to Shoreline Trail Loop
China Camp State Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
Bay View Trail to Shoreline Trail Loop is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Rafael, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a nShow more
#8 - Lucas Valley Loop Trail
Lucas Valley Preserve
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 32 m
Fun little hike just off of Lucas valley road in Marin. The first mile is a heart thumper. You'll find a 360-degree panoramic view at the top.Show more
#9 - Back Ranch Meadows
China Camp State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 49 m
A multipurpose trail popular with local joggers around a valley containing one of China Camps Camping areas. A great place to sneak in some exercise after work. Segments of the trail look down into thShow more
#10 - Terra Linda Divide Trail
Lucas Valley Preserve
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
Terra Linda Divide Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Rafael, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountaShow more
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