Marincello Trail

Marin Headlands (GGNRA), California

Elevation Gain686ft
Trailhead Elevation219ft
Elevation Min/Max219/898ft
Elevation Start/End219/219ft

Marincello Trail

Marincello Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Marin County, California. It is within Marin Headlands (GGNRA). It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 219 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 686 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings. This trail connects with the following: Miwok Trail and Bobcat Trail.

Marincello Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"With great views and relatively easy climbing, these trails offer great hiking or horseback riding. But it’s for mountain bikers that This will probably set the teeth of some hikers and equestrians on edge, given that multi-use trails are notoriously contentious in Marin County, but the loop that tours the ridges of Tennessee Valley and the Gerbode Valley is a fabulous mountain bike ride. The trails twice climb—and, more thrillingly, descend— more than 600 feet from valley floor to ridge. Long and moderate, the terrain will engage any hardy fat-tired aficionado. Of course, the trails present the same challenges and rewards to hikers and equestrians, along with fabulous views, the opportunity to watch soaring raptors in autumn, and brilliant wildflower displays in spring."

Marincello Trail Reviews

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We took our horses out on this loop for a change of scenery. The scenery was great! Although the lower trails to the beach were crowded for the holiday, this loop was not as there are some reasonable climbs involved. As 90% is fire road it's not technical, but a good place to get cardio going. There's pretty good visibility for other trail users and bikers and hikers alike were very polite about trail sharing. The last part, a single track where bikes can go uphill (we were going down), was mildly technical - some bridges and some rocks. All in all a good multi-use trail which is likley to stay pretty dry in winter.
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Ran this loop 21 August 2005 beginning at in TN Valley. Runners will find the initial climb up Marincello enough to get the blood pumping so that you can enjoy the reward of the rolling, winding downhill of the Bobcat Trail. From the low point where the Bobcat and Miwok meet the real climb begins. Here the Miwok relentlessly rises with a mellow slope punctuated by a couple of steeper sections. Finally, the Old Springs trail branches off to the left and winds across wood bridges until the loose drop back to the TN Valley. Trail is in great shape and shared by hikers, bikers (a couple of cyclo-cross guys too) and horses. I run this trail often (2 times a week) and was shocked to see so may flowers still in bloom and to encounter a rattle snake sunning midtrail on the Miwok up hill. A good, easy run 1 - 1.5 hrs or 2 with mellow walk breaks DJW

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Trail Information

Marin Headlands (GGNRA)
Nearby City
Marin Headlands (GGNRA)
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Local Contacts
USGS Point Bonita; Golden Gate National Recreation Area Map; Marin Headlands Map and Guide to Sites, Trails and Wildlife
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Oct 2018