5 Fantastic Fall Family Hikes in Marin
Fall offers some of the finest weather of the year in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area, so make sure you take some time to hit the trail and take in a hike before the weather turns cold and wet. The coastal areas in Northern California are particularly nice in the fall, and are often warmer and clearer than inland. (Photo: Rush Creek, Novato)
Here are 5 of our favorite fall family hikes in Marin:
1. Rush Creek Open Space Preserve
This open space preserve near Novato features trails that wind around wetlands and oak forests. It's a favorite with hikers, bikers, and equestrians. Bring your binoculars to look for birds! Find out more here.
2. Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve
One of the MCOSD's jewels, Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve, is a fantastic place for a family hike at any time of year. Located in the foothills of Mt. Tam between Kentfield and Larkspur, this 193-acre preserve offers some of the best scenery in Marin, and is relatively easy to get to, making it a convenient place for a day hike with the kids. Find out more here.
3. Tennessee Valley
The Tennessee Valley trail is one of Marin's most popular spots for outdoor recreation, and a favorite with hikers, cyclists, and trail runners of all ages. This easy 3.4-mile out-and-back hike has its halfway point at Tennessee Cove, home to a beautiful beach that's a perfect place for a picnic or mid-hike break. It's manageable with an offroad jogging stroller, too. Go during the week or in the mornings to avoid weekend crowds in the parking area. Find out more here.
4. Bear Valley at Point Reyes National Seashore
The Point Reyes National Seashore part heaquarters near Olema boasts not only an educational visitor center, but several wonderful hikes for all different levels. Learn about the Bay Area's seismic history on the Earthquake Trail, hike to the reconstructed Miwok village Kule Loklo, or learn about the area's natural history on the Woodpecker Trail. You can also walk to a horse farm or try out a longer hike on the Bear Valley Trail. Bonus: The weather out here is often sunny and warm in the fall. Find out more here.
5. Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds
Located near McInnis Park in San Rafael, this system of trails at the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District offers plenty of opportunities for family-friendly hikes and bike rides. Bring your binocular—there are plenty of birds and other wildlife to look for while you're there. Find out more here.