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Barnabe Fire Road

Intermediate/Difficult

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3.4 mile 5.4 kilometer point to point
65% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,217' 371 m
Descent: -1,009' -307 m
High: 1,424' 434 m
Low: 208' 63 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

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This wide fire road provides access to the wonderful views of Barnabe Peak.

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Runner Notes

This road has a steady ascent and an even steeper descent.

Description

Barnabe Fire Road starts from the midsection of the Cross Marin trail and can be traveled in either direction. Begin with a steep trek up a hillside to gain the ridge. The grade eases but remains even as the trail ducks in and out of forested areas and grassy fields.

If you've made it this far, it would be a shame not to take in the stupendous views from Barnabe Peak, so it is highly recommended that you visit Barnabe Peak's summit via the short out-and-back towards the radio and fire observation towers. From the summit, you'll marvel at the panorama that includes views of Mount Tamalpais, Bolinas Ridge, Mt. Diablo, Lagunitas, Tomales Bay, and Point Reyes. In case you're curious, Barnabe Peak is named after (the explorer) John Fremont's mule who, once he was retired, frequently escaped from Samuel P. Taylor's farm to ramble this area.

When you're finished admiring the views, retrace your steps back down the ridge on Barnabe Fire Road (sometimes labeled "Riding and Hiking Trail"). Pass the junction with Bill's Trail and continue steeply downhill, pausing when needed to rest your legs! The trail moves steadily through open, nondescript fields scattered with coyote brush, but watch for wildflowers in the spring. Barnabe Fire Road ends at the junction with Gravesite Road.

Note: bikes and horses are also allowed on this trail.

Flora & Fauna

Bay trees, Douglas fir, madrone, live oak, buckeye, hazelnut, poison oak, and wildflowers (in the spring).

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Looking north from Barnabe Fire Road in Samuel P Taylor Park
Mar 24, 2015 near Lagunit…, CA

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