Mill ValleySausalito Multi-purpose Path is a convenient connection between neighborhoods, schools, shopping, restaurants and a skate park. There is also an adjacent dog park: Mill Valley. Between the skate and dog parks, on a nice day there can be all kinds of excitement and an assortment of aerobatic displays by both man and beast, alike, to enjoy. The short dirt section at the north end is just a minor neighborhood connection and can easily be omitted if you are riding a bike or skating. Otherwise, the trail is mostly asphalt and turns to concrete as the trail approaches the southern end, which parallels a fairly busy roadway.
Overall, the trail gets a good mix of cyclists, walkers, joggers and skaters, so brush up on the rules of the trails before you begin. You can also access the trail by way of the ferry in Sausalito, making it possible to connect with other opportunities in San Francisco and Marin County. You could even rent a bike in San Francisco and take the ferry to Sausalito. This can make for a great day of exploring the region.
Although the trail is rather short, it and the nearby shoreline and art galleries are all worth exploring. The best feature of the trail is its views of the bay, where it passes through a scenic wetland marsh. You will see many species of birds here, including the marsh wren, brown pelican and maybe even a raptor, if you are lucky. Be sure to enjoy the houseboats of Sausalito when you cruise by. Parking is available at many of the adjoining business areas and at Sycamore Avenue. The trailhead has a public restroom.
Parking and Trail Access
To reach the parking at Sycamore Avenue, take US 101 and exit at East Blithedale Avenue. Take East Blithedale Avenue west to Camino Alto and turn left (south). Take Camino Alto to Sycamore Avenue and turn left (east). Parking is available at the end of the road.
This trail provides the only bicycle and pedestrian connection between Sausalito and the rest of Marin County. So this trail gets lots of cyclists of all speeds.
The trail passes through some tidal mudflats and wetlands. Lots of birding opportunities. ...
Short and Hot
This is a very popular trail with pedestrians. The pavement is a bit rough and it is wide out in the open, so would be hot on a sunny day in the summer. I was happy to do this trail, but wouldn't go out of my way to do it again.