SF Bay Area - North Bay Running Guide

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Bay Area runners are truly spoiled with the riches of the North Bay. Thanks to generous donors, there are large swaths of protected land that run from Pt. Reyes all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. The views are as breathtaking as the climbs – it’s hard to do even a short run on these trails without epic views that make your quads forget what you just put them through. That said, out-and-back runs to the beach or along bike paths along the Mt. Tam watershed offer more mellow adventures.

SF Bay Area - North Bay Cycling Guide

Top Running Routes in SF Bay Area - North Bay

  1. Marin Headlands

    • Distance 8.4 mi
    • Elevation 1,912 ft

    The Marin Headlands boasts some of the most spectacular sights in the Bay Area. Those tenacious enough to run nearly 1,000 feet to the top of the Headlands will be rewarded wit...

  2. Ninja Loop

    • Distance 11.5 mi
    • Elevation 2,266 ft

    This loop through the Marin Headlands starts at the parking lot on the northwest side of the Golden Gate Bridge off of Conzelman Road, providing the most convenient access point...

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  4. Northside Loop

    • Distance 8.3 mi
    • Elevation 1,143 ft

    The beauty of the Northside loop is that it follows the contours around the top of Mt. Tamalpais so you never encounter any insurmountable climbs. Instead you will experience g...

  5. Double Dipsea

    • Distance 14.2 mi
    • Elevation 4,298 ft

    The Dipsea Trail has become legendary because of the famous Dipsea Race, the oldest trail race dating back to 1905, which starts in Mill Valley and finishes in Stinson Beach for...

  6. Phoenix Lake

    • Distance 11.9 mi
    • Elevation 1,725 ft

    Launching from the charming small town of Ross, this route explores the beautiful lakes that lie on the north side of Mt. Tamalpais. There is very limited parking at the trailh...