Blithedale Ridge Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Marin County, California. It is within Mount Tamalpais Watershed, King Mountain Open Space Preserve, Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve, and Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 656 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 917 feet. Knob Hill (elevation 935 feet) can be seen along the trail.
Blithedale Ridge Fire Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"Bring binoculars and camera for this roller-coaster hike along Blithedale Ridge offering stunning views of Mt. Tam and Marin. Lots of hills and some bicycles."
--Don & Kay Martin, Hiking Marin: 141 Great Hikes in Marin County (Marin Press LLC).
"This is a hike where you wouldn’t expect it."
--Jason Fator, Best Hikes With Dogs: San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
"This is a hike where you wouldn’t expect it. Nestled in the developments and neighborhoods is a trek that features remote trails through forest of native trees—mixed hardwood and conifer and some redwoods, too. Six trails lead into this open space, where Dawn Falls is a perfect destination if rains have fallen recently. Best yet, dogs are allowed on all six trails. Start on the other side of the gate and go up on an old fire road called Two Tanks, which climbs from the trailhead along a babbling stream. Here, you’ll be shaded under tan oaks, redwoods, and bigleaf maples. The climb continues after you turn right onto Corte Madera Ridge Road at about 0.8 mile. From here, you’ll make a left at Huckleberry Trail, which as the name implies, heads through a thicket of evergreen huckleberries."
--Thom Gabrukiewicz, Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
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