What’s Best: Three lakes pocketed into evergreen forests of the north Tamalpais watershed, fed by numerous streams and visited by a variety of wildlife. Parking: From Hwy. 101 take San Anselmo-Sir Francis Drake Blvd. exit and proceed west on Sir Francis Drake about 6 ml, past San Anselmo.
At Fairfax, veer left on Broadway, to center of town, and turn left on Bolinas Rd. Continue about 2 ml, to near 799 Bolinas Rd, and turn left uphill on Sky Oaks Rd, toward MMWD’s Bon Tempe Lake and Lake Lagunitas. Go almost 1 ml. to Sky Oaks Ranger Station. Note: Entrance fee charged. For Bon Tempe Lake hikes: Turn right about .25 ml. beyond entrance station and go another .5 ml. on Bon Tempe Rd. Park on left at bottom. For Lake Lagunitas hikes: Go straight from entrance station, following Sky Oaks Rd. about 1.5 ml. to large parking lot at Lake Lagunitas. Agency: Marin Municipal Water District.
Bon Tempe Lake hike to: Alpine Lake-Hidden Lake loop (5.5 ml.); Hike: Lake Lagunitas hikes to: Lake Lagunitas shore loop (1.75 ml.), Pilot Knob loop (2 ml.)