Dawn Falls Trail

Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve, California

Elevation Gain822ft
Trailhead Elevation121ft
Elevation Min/Max97/652ft
Elevation Start/End121/121ft

Dawn Falls Trail

Dawn Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Larkspur, California. It is within King Mountain Open Space Preserve, Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve, and Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 121 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 822 feet. This trail connects with the following: Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail, Southern Marin Line Road, Ladybug Trail, Barbara Springs Trail and Piedmont Trail.

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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"This seasonal waterfall lies in a secluded canyon shaded by stands of redwoods. Dawn Falls may be the goal, but Mount Tamalpais, Marin County’s Sleeping Lady, is the dominant feature on this hike. Views of the summit dominate at the outset, and even as the nose of the Lady slips from view, the dense oak and laurel forest that makes up her gown is all-encompassing. The falls are tucked along Larkspur Creek in one of the mountain’s deep green folds, fed by seasonal rainfall and dry by midsummer. Begin by walking along the wide Southern Marin Line Fire Road, which curls south into the 196-acre Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve. The woods that cling to the steep hills are second growth; the old growth was harvested near the turn of the twentieth century to provide lumber for a burgeoning San Francisco." Read more
Best Hikes With Dogs: San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Jason Fator
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"A dark canyon filled with redwoods, and a trail that culminates at a lovely little waterfall, all in a 2-mile round-trip? You are probably asking, “Where do I sign up?” The answer to that question is to head for Baltimore Canyon Preserve near Corte Madera in Marin County and take the hike to Dawn Falls." Read more

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Trail Information

Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve
Nearby City
King Mountain Open Space Preserve
Marin County Open Space; (415) 507-2816; www.marincountyparks.org
Local Contacts
USGS San Rafael CA; Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve map available online
Local Maps

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Dec 2018