Place

Cross Marin Trailhead

A paved trail leads underneath an overpass. Tall trees border both sides of the trail.
The northern access to the Cross Marin Trailhead.

NPS Photo / A. Kopshever

Quick Facts

Parking - Auto, Trailhead

Located outside of Point Reyes National Seashore in the Lagunitas area, this flat and wide gravel trail (with some paved sections) that parallels Lagunitas Creek and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is a great family-friendly outing. It is also an easy bike path with an almost imperceptible grade. This trail goes in and out of the shade through Douglas fir and redwood groves and in the winter, salmon may be seen spawning in sections of Lagunitas Creek by Samuel P. Taylor State Park. On-leash dogs and horses are allowed on this trail.  

This 3.9 mile out-and-back trail is also known as the Sir Francis Drake Bikeway, and is built on the old roadbed of the former North Pacific Coast Railroad.  

Suggested Routes From This Trailhead

Cross Marin Trail: 3.9 miles (6.3 km) roundtrip, easy – bikes, dogs, horses permitted 

Regulations

  • Bikes are permitted on the Cross Marin Trail. 

  • On-leash pets are permitted on the Cross Marin Trail. 

  • For more information on horses and pack animals, please visit our horseback riding webpage

  • Drones are not permitted. 

  • Please only travel on authorized trails, respect posted signs and practice Leave No Trace principles when recreating in the park. 

Parking

To reach the southern trailhead from US 101, exit on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Head west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard towards Lagunitas. Near Samuel P. Taylor State Park is a small parking lot with a one-hour time limit. There are various places to pull off and park along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard without time limits. There is a parking fee in Samuel P. Taylor State Park. 

 
To reach the northern trailhead, Take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard past Lagunitas. Drive past the intersection of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Platform Bridge Road, crossing over a concrete bridge. Shortly after crossing the bridge you see an unmarked road on your right. Turn right on this road then turn left and park on an abandoned concrete street. Walk toward an old bridge. The trail entrance is marked with a large sign that says Cross Marin Trail.