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Bald Hill Hike





by Transit & Trails


Wildlife Sightings

by iNaturalist


Length: 4.25 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: Halfday
Created by jackson

Good for:
  • Birding
  • Views
  • Wildflowers
  • Forests and Woodlands
  • Grasslands
  • Birding


With an elevation of 1,141 ft, Bald Hill towers above central Marin County, providing spectacular views of Mt. Tam, the San Francisco Bay and Mt. Diablo. The trail begins at the Phoenix Lake parking lot in Ross, CA. From there take Phoenix Lake road up and around the reservoir to Worn Spring Road. Worn Spring road is a wide fire road that begins to wind above Phoenix Lake. As the trail ascends you begin to walk beneath a canopy of bay and oak. Beneath these trees many birds such as robins, Varied Thrushes, and Chickadees reside. After about a quarter mile the forest clears into rolling hills. In spring clusters of irises, shooting stars and poppies can be seen along the trail. If you are lucky you may see a coyote lurking in the grasses off of the trail. The top of the hill is relatively steep and the trail is somewhat loose in summer months.

Once you have reached the top, one has a 365-degree view of the surrounding bay area. I enjoy hiking Bald Hill in the mid afternoon so I can watch the sunset behind Mt. Tam. The hike is a little more than four miles out and back with an elevation gain of approximately one thousand feet. Bring sturdy shoes, a hat, layering and ample water/ food. Bald Hill is also great for Mtn. biking and horseback riding. A water fountain is located at the base of Worn Springs Rd. Getting there: From 101 North, take exit 450B toward San Anselmo, merge onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd., continue on Sir Francis Drake for approximately 4 miles, turn left onto Lagunitas Rd. and continue for about a mile, finally take Dibblee Rd. until you reach the Phoenix Lake parking lot.



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