Take a Hike! A Summer Hit List

Big Rock Ridge Trail, San Rafael

Short but steep in places, this 3.7 mile loop out in Lucas Valley has some stunning views up and down Marin County from the ridge and toward West Marin. Can be shadeless and very warm during summer months so come with a hat and plenty of water.

 Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve, Tiburon

Views of San Francisco, San Quentin and much of Southern Marin from this gentle approximately 2 mile loop. Park off the side of the road on the back side of Paradise Drive near Marin Country Day School.

Tennessee Valley Trail, Mill Valley

Take Tennessee Valley Road to the end and park in the large lot. Easy 3.6 mile out to the beach and back (no dogs). If you’re feeling ambitious and have a bit of time (like 4 hours) , take a right onto the Fox Trail up to Coyote Ridge where it connects with Coastal Trail and take Coastal down to Muir Beach where you can grab a pint at the Pelican Inn and catch an Uber back to the start of your adventure.

Pantoll to Mountain Theatre to West Point Inn

Park at the Pantoll parking lot (get there early as it fills quickly on weekends). Take the Pantoll to Rock Springs with fabulous forever city views. Follow Rock Springs trail and past the Mountain Play amphitheater toward the West Point Inn. Take a breather at the West Point Inn and enjoy the panoramic views toward the East Bay and the City before taking Matt Davis trail back to Pantoll. A 5.6 mile loop. This one can be a huffer and varies between single track and fire roads.

King Mountain Trail, Larkspur

Just up from downtown Larkspur is this beautiful trail off the Citron Fire Road. Make it a 3.3 mile loop or add on at the signed junction of Ladybug Trail which will take you downhill into Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve and Dawn Falls. Some glimpsing views of Larkspur, Corte Madera and the Bay.

Alto Bowl, Camino Alto and Horse Hill Preserve, Mill Valley

Just off Camino Alto (go up Overhill Road) as you are driving to Corte Madera is the Camino Alto trailhead. Esay, mostly flat 3 mile loop. Lightly shaded through Bay and Redwood trees. Very dog friendly. You can also add on Alto Bowl and Horse Hill from Camino Alto for additional mileage.

Bon Tempe Lake Loop, Fairfax

Drive through Fairfax and go up Bolinas/Fairfax Road and take left at Sky Oaks Road (sign for Lake Lagunitas). Park at the Sky Oaks trailhead. About a 4 mile loop alternating between fire roads and single track through wooded areas hugging the lake. Delightful.

 Matt Davis/Steep Ravine Trail, Stinson Beach

Park just behind the Stinson Beach Fire station (Belvedere Avenue) and start your zig zag ascent through shaded forest up to open meadow and the most spectacular views of across Tam and to San Francisco toward Pan Toll parking lot. Look for the sign for the start of the Steep Ravine trail and follow it until it hits Dipsea Trail and stay on it until it brings you back to the beginning. Approximately 7.3 mile loop. Give yourself a pat on the back at the end.