Rodeo Beach

Favorite Fall Hikes

October 3, 2022

Fall is a great time to explore Marin's natural beauty. With the summer crowds gone, Marin becomes a fantastic place to gather with friends and family, and enjoy our wonderful October weather. Here are five of my favorite hikes and nature destinations. 

Rodeo Beach (photo above)

Rodeo is located at the end of Bunker Road, off the Alexander exit in Sausalito. There is a lot to see and do. The headlands trails date back to Miwok settlements. There is the Marine Mammal Center, numerous bunkers and batteries leftover from WWII, the Bay Area Discover Museum, Marin Headlands Art Center, and Cavallo Point Lodge, just to get started. The main attraction, though, might be the beach itself.


Rodeo Beach is popular for surfers, beach combers, bird watchers, and hikers. Bring the family for a picnic and enjoy a tranquil afternoon with the sun and sounds of the surf. Numerous trailheads including the Lagoon trail, Tennessee Valley trail, and the Coastal trail are all accessible from the main parking lot. There is also a picnic area with tables and grills. 

Nicasio Valley Pumpkin Patch    

pumpkin patch
What fall would be complete without finding the perfect pumpkin, and carving jack o'lanterns with the family? At the Nicosia Valley Pumpkin patch you will find a traditional pumpkin patch in the heart of Nicosia Valley, with live music, children’s music on Sundays, face painting, hay rices, a petting zoo, picnic areas and more. You can also reserve a tent for parties, field trips or special events. 

Tomales Bay Tail

elk in the field
Taking only about an hour to complete, this 2.5 mile loop near Pt. Reyes Station is a perfect quick getaway. Tomales Bay and surrounding areas feature some of the best of Marin’s pristine natural beauty, and tranquil hiking. Fog, isolated wind-swept shores, sunshine sparkling on the bay, herds of elk, all make for a dream-like experience. After your hike you can visit one of many local oyster farms and enjoy a picnic with friends and family. 

Bon Tempe and Lagunitas Lakes Trail

Bon Tempe lake
Located near Fairfax, this is a 6.1 mile loop that takes just over 2 hours to complete. Or you can stop along the way and enjoy beautiful vistas and peaceful quiet in nature. (Photo Credit)

DipSea Trail

woman on a hilltop
From the plaza in Mill Valley, this hike can take you all the way to Stinson Beach. It winds through Mt. Tamalpais, and is a great opportunity to experience nature, and also get to to see some amazing homes and architecture tucked into the redwoods.