Cross Marin Trail

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Ashleigh S.
San Francisco CA
4.0 stars
Perfect Afternoon Getaway from SF
My boyfriend and I headed out to bike the Cross Marin Trail last weekend to check out the fall colors that run along the western stretch of Marin's Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Just 30 miles from San Francisco, it's a perfect afternoon getaway!

The flat, railroad grade, paved trail parallels Lagunitas Creek for 4.5 miles (one-way), passing through the heart of Samuel P. Taylor State Park. The trail is shaded by redwoods and lined with Douglas fir, tanoak, huckleberry, ferns, hazelnut, and large maple trees. 

To reach the start of Cross Marin Trail, from US 101 in Marin County, exit San Anselmo/Sir Francis Drake. Drive about 15 miles west on Sir Francis Drake Blvd., continue 3.5 miles past the sign for the Samuel P. Taylor State Park campground entrance; turn right at Platform Bridge Rd. and park on the west side of the road. The paved bike path begins on the same side of the road. The trail is 4.5 miles one way - asphalt for three miles and dirt for the last 1.5 miles. Turnaround at Shafter's Bridge or lock up your bikes and do some exploring on foot - there are numerous hiking trails like the South Creek Trail or Barnabe Trail that jet off of the Cross Marin Trail and are known to have incredible views.

You could also cross the bridge at the campground and head west on the South Creek Trail. Go for a mile to check out the old paper mill established by Taylor after the Gold Rush. 

*Tips: This trail is people, kid, dog, horse, and bike friendly. We saw a man walking his dog while riding his horse. Pretty impressive :o) 

If you have time to grab some eats after your ride, head about 5 miles further north to Point Reyes Station and stop in at the Pinecone Diner-they have the best banana pancakes in the world (breakfast is served until 3pm)! Or stop at the Station House Cafe for dinner - their food is amazing and they have a beautiful outdoor patio. Great for a little carb loading after a nice ride.
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