Our 5 Favorite Family Hikes in Marin
We often get asked what our favorite hikes for families are in Marin. To be honest there are so many amazing hikes that sometimes it's hard to narrow them down, so we sat down and compiled a list of our top 5 family hikes in Marin. We chose these particular hikes because they're easy for everyone in the family, relatively short, and are just a short drive from anywhere in Marin.
Tennessee Valley, Mill Valley
This easy out-and-back hike through coastal hills near Mill Valley includes a trip to the beach and plenty of chances to spot wildlife! Hike it or bike it — it's popular either way.
Rush Creek Open Space Preserve, Novato
This open space preserve in Novato features stunning views, spring wildflowers, an aptly named Hidden Lake, and grazing cows. The trailhead on San Andreas Drive offers several different choices for hikes, from easy to challenging.
Bear Valley, Point Reyes National Seashore
The Bear Valley Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore passes through a shaded forest with a burbling creek running alongside. You can hike it all the way to the Pacific Ocean but we find that an out-and-back trip to Divide Meadow is perfect for families. Have a picnic before or after your hike and don't miss the visitor center.
Point Bonita Lighthouse
Point Bonita Lighthouse stands sentinel over the Golden Gate, where it's warned ships of the hazards of the Marin's rugged coastline for over 150 years. A trip to the lighthouse is a fun family outing and a highlight of a visit to the Marin Headlands. The half-mile walk to the lighthouse is easy and fun, and kids love the tunnel and the bridge, as well as the lookouts along the trail where you can watch a large colony of harbor seals as they swim and sun themselves on the rocks.
Ring Mountain, Tiburon
Hike up the hill to this open space preserve in between east Corte Madera and Tiburon for amazing views of Marin and San Francisco, as well as amazing wildflowers in the spring. Climbing on Turtle Rock is always a popular activity!
Marin Family Hike Runners Up!
There are so many great family hikes in Marin that narrowing them down to five is pretty tough. We thought it would be fair to include our top 5 runners-up, too: Indian Valley Open Space Preserve in Novato, the Verna Dunshee Trail on the top of Mt. Tam's East Peak, Sky Oaks and Lake Lagunitas, the Turtle Back Nature Trail at China Camp State Park, and Phoenix Lake in Ross.
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