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   Top Seven Hikes in Marin County
All hikes are excerpts from the book, Hiking Marin, 141 Great Hikes in Marin County. These 7 selected hikes are just a glimpse of the wonderful hiking available. For Top 7 Beaches, Wildflower Areas, View Spots, Waterfalls, Birding Spots, see the book "Hiking Marin: 141 Great Hikes in Marin County".

1. Pt. Bonita Trail in Marin Headlands
Distance: 3.7 miles
Shaded: 10%
Elevation Change: 350'
Hiking: 9
Difficulty: 4 Can be very windy.
When to Go: Good anytime. Often great weather in fall and winter.
This hike explores the beach, coastal area and old military fortifications from Rodeo Beach to Pt. Bonita. Great views along the coast.

2. Ring Mountain Trail
Distance: 2.8 miles
Shaded: 10%
Elevation Change: 700'
Hiking: 10
Difficulty: 6 Rocky and rutted areas.
When to Go: Best on clear, calm days in March to May for flowers.
This climb up the grassy slopes of Ring Mountain provides some of the best views and wildflower displays in the bay area.

3. Coast and Steep Ravine Trails on Mt. Tamalpais
Distance: 7.0 miles
Shaded: 60%
Elevation Change: 1600'
Hiking: 10
Difficulty: 8 Steep in places.
When to Go: Good anytime, best in winter and spring.Parking fee.
This strenuous, but spectacular hike, starts out on coastal hills at Pantoll, then descends to Stinson Beach and returns along scenic Steep Ravine.

4. Kent Trail along Alpine Lake in Marin Municipal Water District
Distance: 5.2 miles
Shaded: 70%
Elevation Change: 800'
Hiking: 10
Difficulty: 8 Steep and rocky in places
When to Go: Good anytime, best in spring. Parking fee.
This is an exhilarating hike along the conifer shores of Alpine Lake, up through a redwood forest, emerging onto a ridge with good views.

5. Old Quarry Trail to Top of Mt. Burdell
Distance: 5.5 miles
Shaded: 70%
Elevation Change: 1400'
Hiking: 8
Difficulty: 8 Steep and rocky in places.
When to Go: Best in spring when the hills are green.
This is the best hike for exploring Mt. Burdell. It offers great views, magnificent oak trees and a visit to a rock quarry.

6. Sky Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore
Distance: 6.9 miles
Shaded: 80%
Elevation Change: 1300'
Hiking: 10
Difficulty: 7 Steep downhill.
When to Go: Excellent anytime, best from March to June.
This is the best and easiest hike to Inverness Ridge. It provides great views, forest vegetation, good berries and spring wildflowers.

7. Lighthouse and Chimney Rock Trails at Point Reyes
Distance: 1.2 and 1.6 miles
Shaded: 0%
Elevation Change: 400' and 100'
Hiking: 10
Difficulty: 3 Wind and fog likely.
When to Go: Best in early January for whales and again in March-April for everything.
These are two short exhilarating hikes. The lighthouse offers whale watching. Chimney Rock has the best wildflowers on the coast. Great views in both locations (if it's not foggy).

  


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