Blithedale Ridge Fire Road

Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve, California

Elevation Gain917ft
Trailhead Elevation656ft
Elevation Min/Max640/1150ft
Elevation Start/End656/652ft

Blithedale Ridge Fire Road

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. This trail connects with the following: H Line Fire Road, Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail, Corte Madera Fr Rdg Fr Road, Blithedale Rdg Fr Road, Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Fire Road and Indan Fire Road.

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Hiking Marin: 141 Great Hikes in Marin County (Marin Press LLC)
Don & Kay Martin
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"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."
Best Hikes With Dogs: San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Jason Fator
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"This is a hike where you wouldn’t expect it."
Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Thom Gabrukiewicz
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"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."

Blithedale Ridge Fire Road Trip Reports

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Love this trail. My friend and I hiked it... we did get lost a couple of times, but we spent a beautiful day out here. The hike is invigorating. Some good hills which gets your heart rate up. The scenery is gorgeous and unexpected through this neighborhood trail. We went through redwoods, shaded and open areas. A good range here. This is a dog friendly trail and when on the fire roads your dog can be off leash. There is a great deal of brush, meaning this is tick country. I pulled a tick off of my dog underneath his chin.
Make sure your dog's flea and tick meds are current and up to date, as this will help on that. Otherwise, what a wonderful hike. Well worth it.

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Trail Information

Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve
Nearby City
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
Marin County Open Space District
Local Contacts
USGS San Rafael
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