Sir Francis Drake Bikeway

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Trail Distance: 5.3 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr+
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: No
Description
Sir Francis Drake Bikeway is a 5.3 mile, point to point trail that's also known as the Cross Marin Trail. You can easily change how long the walk is by turning around whenever you'd like. You have to walk back as far as you walk in, so customize your walk for what works best for you and your dogs. There's no dedicated parking for the trail. Pull off the road near the trailhead (where Upper Campground and Taylor Park Road meet) and park for the day. 


You'll meet plenty of other people on this popular trail. Your dog is required to be on leash, and you'll want to hold it firmly. This isn't a great trail for dogs who are too shy, or those who know they can catch that bicycle if you just give them the chance! It is a bikeway, and many of the people you'll encounter use it as such. It's also something of a commuter trail; because it crosses city streets, locals use it to get around. You can avoid most of the crowds if you don't walk it at rush hour, but there's no guarantee that you'll have it to yourself. 

This hike is a great beginner hike. It's long enough (especially if you go the full 5.3 miles out and back!) to be a challenge. It's most flat, however. It used to be a rail line, and though trains can cross mountains, flatter is better. Since then, the trail has been paved over. It's black asphalt all the time, making for an easy walking surface for humans. Keep an eye on the temperature, though. Black tops can heat up on bright days, so take care to walk your dog in the grass if the road's too hot. Off the path is where you'll see the wildflowers, too--provided you're there in season! 

Sir Frances Drake Bikeway is furrific fun! 

Trail Features
Easy Incline
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Californian ticks are known carriers of Lyme disease. A vaccination can help protect your dog, but you should do your part too. Check your pet for ticks when you're done with your hike. Wearing long pants can help you avoid picking up a parasitic passenger yourself!
Address
Taylor Park Road
Lagunitas, CA 94938
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Address
Taylor Park Road
Lagunitas, CA 94938
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset