Best Trails Near Fairfax CA

Fairfax has 48 trails in the vicinity, including 37 hiking trails and 13 for mountain biking. These trails range from 0.1 to 58.1 miles in length. The longest trail in Fairfax is Samuel P. Taylor State Park to Half Moon Bay State Beach a well-known trail measuring 58.1 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Alpine Lake Trail, Two Lakes Trail and Mount Tamalpais East Peak Trail. Trails.com member Stephen T. recently completed Mount Tamalpais East Peak Trail.

More information on the best trails in Fairfax can be found below.
  • Bon Tempe Lake Trail

    1 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This is the best of the three lake hikes. It passes through wooded and open hillsides that provide good wildflowers and great views. Some mud after heavy rains.
    •  4.1 miles
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    This is the best of the three lake hikes. It passes through wooded and open hillsides that provide good wildflowers and great ...

  • Lake Lagunitas to East Peak

    1 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This hike climbs to the top of Mt. Tamalpais for great views, then loops back to Lake Lagunitas past streams and secluded forests. Lots of bicycle traffic on weekends.
    •  10.2 miles
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    This hike climbs to the top of Mt. Tamalpais for great views, then loops back to Lake Lagunitas past streams and secluded ...

  • Alpine Lake Trail

    1 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This area is managed as part of a 24,000-acre watershed that brings drinking water to 246,073 people in Marin County, but you could have fooled me—the sprawling area includes five lakes stocked ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5.2 miles
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    This area is managed as part of a 24,000-acre watershed that brings drinking water to 246,073 people in Marin County, but ...

  • Kent Lake - San Geronimo Ridge

    1 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This hike, all on fire roads, circles above Peters Dam to explore Kent Lake and San Geronimo Ridge. Good local views, some spring flowers. Some bicycles on weekends.
    •  6.6 miles
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    This hike, all on fire roads, circles above Peters Dam to explore Kent Lake and San Geronimo Ridge. Good local views, some ...

  • Cascade Fire Road - Cascade Falls Trail

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This hike explores Cascade Canyon and Cascade Falls west of Fairfax. Most of the hike is along creeks. Great flowers in spring. Cascade Creek may be impassable.
    •  1.7 miles
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    This hike explores Cascade Canyon and Cascade Falls west of Fairfax. Most of the hike is along creeks. Great flowers in spring. ...

  • Colier - Northside - Kent - Stocking Trails

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This strenuous hike, best for experienced hikers, offers cascading creeks, redwoods, views north and a challenge not to get lost.
    •  6.7 miles
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    This strenuous hike, best for experienced hikers, offers cascading creeks, redwoods, views north and a challenge not to get ...

  • Pumpkin Ridge - Bon Tempe Trails

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This hike explores the rolling hills north of Bon Tempe Lake. Good views, oaks and wildflowers along the open and wooded ridges. The trail can be crowded with grasses.
    •  2.8 miles
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    This hike explores the rolling hills north of Bon Tempe Lake. Good views, oaks and wildflowers along the open and wooded ...

  • Lakeview Road to Pilot Knob

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This is a good hike through mixed forest, climbing to Pilot Knob for great views, then passing the largest madrone tree seen anywhere. Some bicycles.
    •  2.2 miles
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    This is a good hike through mixed forest, climbing to Pilot Knob for great views, then passing the largest madrone tree seen ...

  • Lake Lagunitas Fire Road

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This is a level hike on roads around the lake with mosses, redwoods, oaks and great views across the lake to Mt. Tamalpais. Good birding. Some standing water after heavy rains.
    •  1.8 miles
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    This is a level hike on roads around the lake with mosses, redwoods, oaks and great views across the lake to Mt. Tamalpais. ...

  • Kent Trail - Rocky Ridge Fire Road

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This is an exhilarating hike along the conifer shores of Alpine Lake, up through a redwood forest, emerging onto a ridge with good views. Steep and rutted in places.
    •  5.2 miles
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    This is an exhilarating hike along the conifer shores of Alpine Lake, up through a redwood forest, emerging onto a ridge ...

  • Taylor - Concrete Pipe - Bullfrog Forest Road

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This is a pleasant hike, mostly along fire roads, through open and wooded areas offering a wide selection of wildflowers and local views. Bullfrog road can be boggy with bikes likely.
    •  3.2 miles
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    This is a pleasant hike, mostly along fire roads, through open and wooded areas offering a wide selection of wildflowers ...

  • Cataract - High Marsh - Kent Trails

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This is a strenuous, but spectacular, hike in the most remote section of Mt. Tamalpais. Wonderful pools, waterfalls and conifer forests. Steep and rocky in places.
    •  8.6 miles
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    This is a strenuous, but spectacular, hike in the most remote section of Mt. Tamalpais. Wonderful pools, waterfalls and conifer ...

  • Old Sled - Old Vee - Carson Falls Trails

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This hike involves steep climbing, but offers great views and lots of creeks and waterfalls, including Little Carson Falls, the tallest in Marin.
    •  6 miles
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    This hike involves steep climbing, but offers great views and lots of creeks and waterfalls, including Little Carson Falls, ...

  • Carson Falls and Oat Hill Fire Road

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    Both of these out-and-back hikes offer great views. The first hike visits the tallest waterfall in Marin, the second hike explores the ridges. Many bicycles on weekends.
    •  11.4 miles
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    Both of these out-and-back hikes offer great views. The first hike visits the tallest waterfall in Marin, the second hike ...

  • Azalea Hill and Pine Mountain Trails

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    These two out-and-back hikes explore the Pine Mountain area south of Fairfax. They offer interesting chaparral and great views. Lots of bicycles likely.
    •  4.8 miles
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    These two out-and-back hikes explore the Pine Mountain area south of Fairfax. They offer interesting chaparral and great ...

  • Deer Park Fire Road - Canyon - Six Points Trail

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This hike along roads and trails explores the hills and canyons west of Bald Hill offering great views, dark forests and lovely wildflowers. Can be muddy or dusty and has bicycle traffic.
    •  3.7 miles
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    This hike along roads and trails explores the hills and canyons west of Bald Hill offering great views, dark forests and ...

  • Deer Park Fire Road - Yolanda Trail

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This is a good wildflower hike that begins in a canyon, then climbs the north slopes of Bald Hill. Great views of Mt. Tam and Bolinas Ridge. Some bicycle traffic.
    •  3.3 miles
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    This is a good wildflower hike that begins in a canyon, then climbs the north slopes of Bald Hill. Great views of Mt. Tam ...

  • Bolinas Ridge Trail: Bolinas Ridge Out-and-Back

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    Bolinas Ridge Trail is a long, point-to-point affair that spans the just more than 11-mile gap between Fairfax-Bolinas Road to the south and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to the north. The ride ...
    •  3.5–5 hours
    •  22.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Bolinas Ridge Trail is a long, point-to-point affair that spans the just more than 11-mile gap between Fairfax-Bolinas Road ...

  • Mount Tamalpais State Park: Northern Loop—Rock Spring Road to Eldridge Grade via Bon Tempe Lake Trail

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    Starting from East Ridgecrest Boulevard, this ride follows a rocky descent down the Lagunitas Rock Springs fire road to Alpine and Bon Tempe lakes, circling back on the far side of the lakes ...
    •  2–3.5 hours
    •  15.19 miles
    •  Guide

    Starting from East Ridgecrest Boulevard, this ride follows a rocky descent down the Lagunitas Rock Springs fire road to Alpine ...

  • Samuel P. Taylor State Park to Half Moon Bay State Beach

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    Between Samuel P. Taylor State Park and Half Moon Bay State Park sprawls the Bay Area, a dizzying conglomeration of cities that includes San Francisco and a dozen satellites. As this is the first ...
    •  58.1 miles
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    Between Samuel P. Taylor State Park and Half Moon Bay State Park sprawls the Bay Area, a dizzying conglomeration of cities ...

  • Deer Park - Repack Loop

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    A steep and rutted fire road takes you down Repack, legendary trail of the first mountain bike race. Unfortunately, there is no pickup truck to take you to the top these days. You have to earn ...
    •  1.5 - 2 hours
    •  12.2 miles
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    A steep and rutted fire road takes you down Repack, legendary trail of the first mountain bike race. Unfortunately, there ...

  • The Lakes Loop

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    Year-round, this is a beautiful ride up the lower north side of Mount Tamalpais. The fire road passes through shaded oak woodlands and redwood stands on the protected watershed of the Marin Municipal ...
    •  1 - 2 hours
    •  11.9 miles
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    Year-round, this is a beautiful ride up the lower north side of Mount Tamalpais. The fire road passes through shaded oak ...

  • Samuel P. Taylor State Park / Barnabe Peak Loop

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This is a great date ride. If you happen to be involved with your riding partner and you're looking for a romantic ride, this is it. While you may encounter a few technical challenges, mostly ...
    •  6.9 miles
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    This is a great date ride. If you happen to be involved with your riding partner and you're looking for a romantic ride, ...

  • Bolinas Ridge

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This ride has just about everything a person needs to be happy: cool redwoods, wide open grasslands, great views, neat rocks, long climbs doing double duty as long, sweeping downhills, and a ...
    •  22.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This ride has just about everything a person needs to be happy: cool redwoods, wide open grasslands, great views, neat rocks, ...

  • Pine Mountain Loop

    0 Reviews

    Fairfax, CA

    This ride is almost as famous as Repack; nobody raced here, but it's one of the original mountain bike loops in the area. Those early folks seem to have had a penchant for rocks and loose surfaces. ...
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    This ride is almost as famous as Repack; nobody raced here, but it's one of the original mountain bike loops in the area. ...