Our 5 Favorite Family Hikes in Marin

July 16, 2017

Tennessee Valley Family Hike Marin

We often get asked what our favorite hikes for families are in Marin. To be honest there are so many amazing hikes that sometimes it's hard to narrow them down, so we sat down and compiled a list of our top 5 family hikes in Marin.

We chose these particular hikes because they're easy for everyone in the family, relatively short, and are just a short drive from anywhere in Marin.

Tennessee Valley Family Hike Marin

Tennessee Valley

This easy out-and-back hike through coastal hills near Mill Valley includes a trip to the beach and plenty of chances to spot wildlife! Hike it or bike it—it's popular either way.

Rush Creek Open Space Preserve Family Hike Novato

Rush Creek Open Space Preserve

This open space preserve near Novato features trails that wind around wetlands and oak forests. It's a favorite with hikers, bikers, and equestrians. Bring your binoculars to look for birds!

Bear Valley Trail Point Reyes National Seashore Family Hike

Bear Valley

The Bear Valley Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore passes through a shaded forest with a burbling creek running alongside. You can hike it all the way to the Pacific Ocean but we find that an out-and-back trip to Divide Meadow is perfect for families. Have a picnic before or after your hike and don't miss the visitor center.

Phoenix Lake Marin Family Hike

Phoenix Lake

This lake right outside of Ross is one of the most popular spots for a hike in central Marin. Parking can be a bit of a challenge on weekends, but it's worth it! See if you can spot river otters playing in the lake.

Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve Family Hike Marin

Ring Mountain

Hike up the hill to this open space preserve in between east Corte Madera and Tiburon for amazing views of Marin and San Francisco, as well as amazing wildflowers in the spring. Climbing on Turtle Rock is always a popular activity!

Runners Up!

There are so many great family hikes in Marin that narrowing them down to five is pretty tough. We thought it would be fair to include our top five runners-up, too: the Verna Dunshee Trail on Mt. Tam's East Peak, Sky Oaks and Lake Lagunitas, the Turtle Back Nature Trail at China Camp State Park, Olompali State Park in Novato, and Point Bonita Lighthouse in the Marin Headlands.