Baltimore Canyon Preserve

A 193-acre preserve with a secluded canyon and cascading waterfall.

Rangers Recommend

  • Don't miss 30-foot Dawn Falls when it's running strong.
  • Cross a footbridge over Larkspur Creek, an important tributary of the Corte Madera Creek watershed.
  • Towering redwoods are the relatives of 1,000 year old giants that grew here before European settlers began logging in the 1800s.
  • Diverse woodlands and chaparral include Douglas firs, maples, and madrones. In winter, mossy trees are magical. In summer, trails are cool and shady.
  • See the remnants of an old quarry, where blue basalt was taken for a dam and other projects back in time.
  • There's a bit of rock history here. Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia both lived in homes near the Dawn Falls Trail.
  • Connect to fire roads that traverse the north slopes of Mount Tamalpais. You can also travel through to King Mountain, Blithedale Summit, or the charming town of Larkspur.
  • Dogs are welcome. Dog must be leashed on trail, and under voice command on fire roads, with leash readily available.

Naturalist Notes

  • Parts of the creek run year-round. Watch for steelhead and California giant salamanders.
  • Trail plant (Adenocaulon bicolor) is abundant in some locations. The arrow shaped leaves were used to mark paths through the woods.
  • Look for wildflowers in spring, especially near Hoo-Koo E-Koo Trail.
  • Pileated woodpeckers are common in the main canyon.
  • To protect sensitive wildlife species, some trails are subject to seasonal night closures. Observe trail closure signs.
  • Check out the iNaturalist field guide. Add your own observations.

Activities

biking
Bike
dog on leash
Dogs On Leash
dog voice
Dogs Voice Control
hiking
Hike
horse
Horseback Riding

Know Before You Go

  • Stay on roads and trails to preserve sensitive ecosystems and to avoid trespassing on private property.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. Trails can be muddy during the rainy season.
  • Bring water.
  • There are no restrooms at this location.
  • Steer clear of poison oak.
  • After an outing, check for ticks.