I took a beautiful, leisurely bike ride today on a path that is ideal for those who love to ride but aren’t up for hills or mountains. The Cross Marin Trail from The Inkwells to Platform Bridge Road is a completely traffic-separated trail that is virtually flat, as well as being either paved (about half of it) or hard-packed clay and gravel for a smooth (enough) ride along the beautiful length. It runs along Paper Mill Creek through Redwood groves and along stretches of more open Oak covered hillsides. It is a perfect bike ride for children who need a traffic-free, level path that is also surrounded by nature.
The Cross Marin Trail sits on the bed of the old North Pacific Coast Railroad, which ran from Sausalito up the coast to the Russian River. Freight and passengers traveled this line from 1874 to the mid-1920’s. Part of the Trail runs through Samuel P. Taylor Park, which is great because there are clean bathrooms right next to the Trail, and the western end lies in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. These two parts are the paved sections of the Trail.
You can park at either end, but the parking lot near the Inkwells is temporarily closed. So, you have to drive a bit west of the lot and park along the side of the road. At the Platform Bridge end there is also off-road parking along Platform Bridge Road and on Taylor Park Road.
– the east end of the trail at Inkwells Bridge OR to
– the west end of the trail at the Platform Bridge/Platform Bridge Road (map)
Dogs: Must be on leash