Cross Marin Trail rests near California’s scenic Point Reyes area, just a short distance from the Bay Area. The trail is popular because of its scenic views of the coastal woodlands and Kent Lake. It lies on the site of the former Northern Pacific Coast Railroad, which was famously used to transport redwood lumber, dairy, and other agricultural products. A relatively level asphalt trail, it makes for a pleasant hike through the forest, and it is just over five miles to the end of the trail, making it over ten miles out-and-back. Cross Marin Trail is not only pawpular among locals and visitors; dogs love it too!
When you begin your hike at the southernmost point of the trail, you will find a woodland environment with redwood trees and the Lagunitas Creek nearby. As you head north, the first landmark you will pass is a wooden bridge over the creek where you might be able to sight some silver salmon or beavers.
The next waypoint on the trail is Samuel P. Taylor State Park. This park spans nearly 3,000 acres, and it is a fantastic location to explore in its own right. Further on, you will encounter a picnic area, and three miles into the trail, you will find restrooms. Just over two miles of trail remain from this point, and as you reach the northern endpoint you can branch off into the nearby trail networks if you want to keep going!
As with any trail, make sure you adhere to its guidelines and follow good trail etiquette while you are visiting. Dogs are required to remain on-leash at Cross Marin Trail, and you will need to bring bags to clean up after your canine companion.
You are sure to enjoy your hike through the majestic redwood forests of Cross Marin Trail, and your waggy friend will love it too!