Hiking Vacations in Novato, California

Novato is the ideal destination for a hiking vacation or an active weekend out in nature. With soaring redwoods, striking bay views, and over 3,600 acres of open space to explore, it’s easy to step out into some of Northern California’s most beloved hiking countryside.

Novato also makes it easy with award-winning hotels to suit every budget, and dining options that range from health-conscious and organic to hearty comfort food.

Throughout the year, families visit Rush Creek Trail, to spot rare migrating birds; and to Indian Valley Preserve, to enjoy the waterfall and hike meandering trails through coastal redwoods. Meanwhile, Mount Burdell offers everything an experienced hiker could ask for, with three routes to its 1,500 feet elevated ridge where you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of the Bay. A stay in Novato is a great way to explore the great outdoors.

Whether you’re looking for family-friendly hiking fun, or more challenging mountain trails, Novato’s open space provides a variety of hiking trek options suitable for a range of abilities.

Mount Burdell

Mount Burdell has a wide range of trails for all abilities and breathtaking views of the bay and the surrounding hills. No matter which trails you choose on Mount Burdell, as you hike you will be serenaded with bird calls.
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Indian Tree Preserve

Secluded Indian Tree Preserve offers 230 acres of hilly open space trails to hikers and those on horseback (*closed to cyclists). The trailhead meanders through grasslands on the valley floor and fern-filled coastal woodlands up to towering Redwood groves.
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Big Rock Ridge

This trail spans the ridge-line connecting Lucas Valley on the northern end of San Rafael to Novato, and at its peak is the second highest point in Marin County. The scenic Big Rock Trail is a moderate climb with 360-degree panoramic views of the Bay Area and beyond.
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Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

Indian Valley Open Space Preserve is a popular outdoor destination that offers a multitude of hiking trails. The main path is a level fire road that winds along the valley floor following a small seasonal creek with several smaller trails branching off the main fire road and climbing into the surrounding hills through wooded chaparral.
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Muir Woods

Amazing California redwoods await just a short trip from Novato. The trees’ ages range from 400 to 800 years and are up to 250 feet tall. There are numerous trails which take you between the redwood trees and past California big leaf maples, tan oaks, and Douglas fir.
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Rush Creek Preserve

Rush Creek Preserve is an excellent location for bird watching and has over 190 regularly occurring species to view, including Red-winged Blackbirds and Sandpipers.
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