Best Trails Near San Rafael CA

San Rafael has 40 trails in the vicinity, including 24 hiking trails and 13 for mountain biking. These trails range from 0.25 to 38 miles in length. The longest trail in San Rafael is Point Reyes National Seashore Waterfalls a well-known trail measuring 38 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Ridge Fire Trail Loop, China Camp Loop and China Camp and Marin Islands Reserve. Trails.com member Ryan M. recently completed San Pedro Peninsula.

More information on the best trails in San Rafael can be found below.
  • China Camp Loop

    8 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    This is a quick trek into the woods. Enjoy well-maintained singletrack through the hills along San Pablo Bay. Ride toward the ridgeline and follow the contours to China Camp Village. This picturesque ...
    •  1.5 - 2 hours
    •  11.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a quick trek into the woods. Enjoy well-maintained singletrack through the hills along San Pablo Bay. Ride toward ...

  • Mount Tamalpais

    2 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    Visible throughout the Bay Area, the long spine of Mount Tamalpais constantly beckons the hiker with a few recreational hours to spare. Read on for an excellent taste of all the mountain has ...
    •  4-6 hours
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Visible throughout the Bay Area, the long spine of Mount Tamalpais constantly beckons the hiker with a few recreational hours ...

  • Blackstone Canyon Trail and Queenstone Fire Road

    1 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    These two hikes start out in small, lovely Blackstone Canyon. The longer hike climbs to a fire road on Big Rock Ridge offering great views.
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    These two hikes start out in small, lovely Blackstone Canyon. The longer hike climbs to a fire road on Big Rock Ridge offering ...

  • San Pedro Peninsula

    1 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    A scenic tour around the San Pedro Peninsula on an excellent paved road with few cars. A good ride to take on a hot summer's day when you can enjoy swimming at McNear's Beach, about the halfway ...
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    A scenic tour around the San Pedro Peninsula on an excellent paved road with few cars. A good ride to take on a hot summer's ...

  • China Camp State Park / Bay View Loop

    1 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    While the park is fairly small, only 1,476 acres, the trails are a blast to ride. The singletrack and fire roads wind through forests of manzanita, bay, live oak and madrone, and through grassy ...
    •  4.7 miles
    •  Guide

    While the park is fairly small, only 1,476 acres, the trails are a blast to ride. The singletrack and fire roads wind through ...

  • China Camp Shoreline - Ridge Loop

    1 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    For mountain bikers, China Camp State Park can be considered an exception in the state park system because nearly all trails here allow bikes. It’s a small park, only 1,512 acres, but if you ...
    •  10.5 miles
    •  Guide

    For mountain bikers, China Camp State Park can be considered an exception in the state park system because nearly all trails ...

  • China Camp Shoreline

    1 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    Bordered by oak-studded hillsides, this bird-filled marshland opens to the broad expanse of San Pablo Bay. Marine Mammal Protection Act applies. Popular John F. McInnis County Park provides a ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    Bordered by oak-studded hillsides, this bird-filled marshland opens to the broad expanse of San Pablo Bay. Marine Mammal ...

  • Bayview - Miwok Fire Trails

    1 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    This pleasant hike circles above the campground and picnic area in China Camp visiting small forested ravines. Good views. Heavy bicycle traffic likely weekends.
    •  5.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This pleasant hike circles above the campground and picnic area in China Camp visiting small forested ravines. Good views. ...

  • China Camp State Park

    1 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    In the late 1800’s, Chinese immigrants living in San Francisco suffered many indignations caused by the prejudice that was prevalent there at that time. Many of them relocated across the bay ...
    •  2 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    In the late 1800’s, Chinese immigrants living in San Francisco suffered many indignations caused by the prejudice that was ...

  • McInnis Park - Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds

    0 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    This hike climbs a small hill in McInnis Park for great views, then skirts wildlife ponds in Las Gallinas Sanitary District. Good birding.
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike climbs a small hill in McInnis Park for great views, then skirts wildlife ponds in Las Gallinas Sanitary District. ...

  • Shoreline - Turtle Back Island Trails

    0 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    This mostly level hike explores the northern part of China Camp, including Turtle Back Island. Good wildflowers from February-May. Bicycles likely on weekends.
    •  3.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This mostly level hike explores the northern part of China Camp, including Turtle Back Island. Good wildflowers from February-May. ...

  • Gold Hill - San Pedro Ridge - Aquinas Fire Road

    0 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    This hike climbs up a fire road behind Dominican College to the ridge above China Camp offering great views. Lots of bicycles on weekends, includes 1.5 miles of quiet streets.
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike climbs up a fire road behind Dominican College to the ridge above China Camp offering great views. Lots of bicycles ...

  • Loma Verde - Pacheco Valle Ridge Trails

    0 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    This hike climbs a ridge to circle Pacheco Valle. It offers oak woodland hills and great views north, south and east. Part of hike on streets.
    •  4.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike climbs a ridge to circle Pacheco Valle. It offers oak woodland hills and great views north, south and east. Part ...

  • Big Rock Ridge - Luiz Fire Roads

    0 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    Bring binoculars and climb up the south-facing slope of Big Rock Ridge to a hilltop offering magnificent views in all directions. Can be windy. Some poison oak.
    •  4.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Bring binoculars and climb up the south-facing slope of Big Rock Ridge to a hilltop offering magnificent views in all directions. ...

  • Miwok - Oak Ridge - Shoreline Trails

    0 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    This is the best hike for exploring China Camp State Park and the historic village area. It also provides good views and spring flowers. Bicycles likely. Poison oak possible.
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This is the best hike for exploring China Camp State Park and the historic village area. It also provides good views and ...

  • Main Civic Center to China Camp

    0 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    This one-way hike climbs to the Nike site on San Pedro Mountain to offer breathtaking views east, then winds down to China Camp. Some bicycles possible.
    •  5.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This one-way hike climbs to the Nike site on San Pedro Mountain to offer breathtaking views east, then winds down to China ...

  • China Camp and Marin Islands Reserve

    0 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    The convoluted shoreline of this 1,500-acre park stretches 3 miles along rocky bluffs backed by rolling hills of thickly forested oak woodland, offering panoramic views of San Pablo Bay and the ...
    •  1-10 miles
    •  Guide

    The convoluted shoreline of this 1,500-acre park stretches 3 miles along rocky bluffs backed by rolling hills of thickly ...

  • China Camp State Park: Shoreline Trail and Oak Ridge Loop

    0 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    This ride is a loop comprised almost entirely of fantastic, switchbacky singletrack that pops in and out of incredible oak-dominated forest. Rather than fight the weekend parking-lot havoc that ...
    •  2–3 hours
    •  6.01 miles
    •  Guide

    This ride is a loop comprised almost entirely of fantastic, switchbacky singletrack that pops in and out of incredible oak-dominated ...

  • China Camp State Park

    0 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    Most of this ride is on wide, smooth singletrack. A few sections are lightly to moderately technical. Long and legal singletracks are rare in Marin County, and these are sweet! They were built ...
    •  2 hours
    •  11.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Most of this ride is on wide, smooth singletrack. A few sections are lightly to moderately technical. Long and legal singletracks ...

  • Ridge Fire Trail Loop

    0 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    This loop takes you from the San Pablo Bay to a ridge overlooking the San Francisco Bay. This time, there are some fire roads mixed in with the singletrack. Parking fee on weekends.
    •  5.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop takes you from the San Pablo Bay to a ridge overlooking the San Francisco Bay. This time, there are some fire ...

  • Unamed

    0 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    Unamed is a hiking trail in San Rafael, California. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 89 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 421 feet.
    •  0.4 miles

    Unamed is a hiking trail in San Rafael, California. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 89 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...

  • Luz Ranch Fire Road

    0 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    Luz Ranch Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Rafael, California. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 804 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total ...
    •  0.8 miles

    Luz Ranch Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Rafael, California. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 804 ...

  • Cemetary Fire Road

    0 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    Cemetary Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Rafael, California. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 232 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  0.7 miles

    Cemetary Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Rafael, California. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 232 ...

  • Nunes Fire Road

    0 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    Nunes Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Rafael, California. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 146 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  0.8 miles

    Nunes Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Rafael, California. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 146 feet ...

  • Sun Valley Trail

    0 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    Sun Valley Trail is a hiking trail in San Rafael, California. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 133 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 502 ...
    •  0.8 miles

    Sun Valley Trail is a hiking trail in San Rafael, California. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 133 feet altitude. Traveling ...