Hike the Dawn Falls Loop

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This hike showcases the natural Beauty of Marin County, revealing what happens to the often dry California landscape when ample moisture settles into the earth. Lush ferns and forest line the trail that takes you to a rare Bay Area feature--a waterfall.

Hike down into the Baltimore Canyon for an in-depth exploration into California nature. Deeper than the rolling hillside and hoisted ridgeline trails, the Dawn Falls Loop will show you what Bay Area nature looks like when it's saturated. Rather than the usual woody, hardy vegetation that speckles the hills, this trail is bursting with lush ferns and mossy trees.

It's best to do this trail when the rains have already set in--most likely mid-October through spring. Wear adequate hiking boots as the trail may be muddy.

Photos: Jeff Archer, Deb Etheredge

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Rain coat
  • Layers
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Autumn, Winter

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

2.2 Miles

Features:

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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