Dawn Falls
2.2 miles     200 ft
26 Mar 2011

A gorgeous, fully shaded, short hike adjoining Larkspur Creek that flows with water after thunderstorms.

Location: Baltimore Canyon Open Space PreserveBlithedale Summit Open Space Preserve

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Trail Maps

» Official Trail Map by MCOSD: Great map showing various trails and mileage information.


Route in brief: From Madrone Avenue trailhead, follow Dawn Falls Trail for 0.5 miles to a bridge that marks the intersection with Ladybug Trail. Continue along Dawn Falls Trail for 0.6 miles to reach Dawn Falls. Return by same route.


  1. The entire route is shaded. Dawn Falls Trail meanders next to Larkspur Creek. The trail was quite muddy but walkable. After thunderstorms, the creek flows with lots of water.
  2. Yelp reviews for Dawn Falls: Getting to the base of the falls is possible but tricky. There is no trail that leads you to the base.
Dawn Falls Trail

Location: 434 Madrone Avenue, Larkspur, CA 94939 . Parking area is not visible in Google Maps.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Corte Madera, take the Paradise Dr/Tamalpais Dr exit west on Tamalpais Dr, turn right at Corte Madera Ave (becomes Magnolia Ave), and turn left at Madrone Ave (becomes Valley Way). Trailhead is at the very end. of Madrone Ave.

On the official MCOSD trail map, the trail head is supposedly next to 'Water Way'. In March 2011, I could not find any road called 'Water Way'. I followed Madrone Avenue all the way to the trail head.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: None (last visited: March 2011)

Capacity: Parking is in residential areas — free but tight. Several signs advise you to park only in designated areas marked by white lines on roads. If you cannot find parking close to the trail head, you may try parking in side streets — there is a mishmash of lanes and side roads close to trail heads.

Latitude: 37.931463     Longitude: -122.550524

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