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Waterfall Hike in Novatos Indian Valley Open Space

waterfall at Indian Valley Open Space in Marin

{JANUARY 2023 NOTE: Stay safe. Wait until storms have passed before hiking any trails, and before heading out be sure to check official websites for updates on trail status, closures, hazards, etc. Expect muddy and slippery trails, and exercise caution and good judgment.}

Love your dog? Love waterfalls? Get the best of both on this easygoing hike hidden in Novato. Indian Valley Open Space Preserve is tucked behind the College of Marin campus, and those who discover it are in for a treat. Indian Valley Fire Road is a wide dirt path that cuts through the center of this tranquil park. The trail parallels a creek. The quiet beauty of this park and its surrounding open space attracts hikers and four-legged fur-friends alike.

Even if you don’t have a dog, this is a great place to visit. Side trails veer off to the west, with Waterfall Trail being the most popular. Easily reach the park’s seasonal 20-foot waterfall within a 1.25-mile one-way walk.

To make it happen, park at College of Marin’s furthest lot. For the short hike, stay to the right of the ball fields and continue on the Indian Valley Fire Road. Look for the Waterfall Trail on the left within about half a mile. Take this up to the waterfall and return the way you came. The waterfall after rains is an absolute gusher, rushing down the canyon wall, wide and wondrous and making a splash.

Indian Valley waterfall hike Novato

Indian Valley waterfall hike Novato

dog hiking in Novato

Indian Valley waterfall hike Novato

Park at the furthest parking lot at the College of Marin, which does not require a permit (map). Dog-friendly!

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