Trail: THE SHORT CUT – Cal Park Tunnel – Larkspur Ferry to San Rafael


Have you ever wondered how to get from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal to San Rafael? Use the Cal Park Tunnel! Watch the video and check out the short, flat and easy way to get from Larkspur to San Rafael.

Distance from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and Larkspur Connection: 2.30 miles; Marin Crossroads: 10.52 miles; Distance from Sausalito: 14.54 miles; Distance from San Francisco Ferry Building (see Golden Gateway Trail): 24.35 miles

Elevation Gain on trail: 157 feet

Difficulty: Whether you are heading home after work, or are going to China Camp to ride, using the Cal Park Tunnel is a short and easy route to make your way to San Rafael from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal.
-Elevation Map for the Route provided by MapMyRide.com
Originally a tunnel constructed in 1884 for lumber and freight trains, the Cal Park Tunnel closed over twenty years ago. It was reopened in June 2010 to pedestrians and bicyclists as part of the North-South Greenway as the most direct route between the Larkspur Ferry Terminal to San Rafael.
The directions in the video will take you from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal to the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and 2nd Street in San Rafael.  This intersection opens the routes to China Camp and Sir Frances Drake Boulevard toward Nicasio and Point Reyes Station.
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3 thoughts on “Trail: THE SHORT CUT – Cal Park Tunnel – Larkspur Ferry to San Rafael

  1. Pingback: China Camp | WE LIKE TO BIKE

  2. Hi, this would be great except the video shows the biker starting in some location OTHER than the ferry terminal! I come out of the ferry terminal and am confronted with a huge parking lot, a raised causeway that looks promising but seems to head the wrong direction, some sidewalks, and a congested intersection near freeways. Have no idea how to get to the cozy bike path that is the beginning of this video.

    • The video begins on the bike path west of the Ferry Terminal. If you go to 0:40 of the video, you will see the entrance to the Ferry Terminal at Sir Francis Drake. You will also see the bridge in the background.

      When you get off the ferry, make a right and go towards the bridge over Sir Francis Drake, but DO NOT go up the bridge, instead keep on the path at ground level to the right of the bridge until it ends in a “T”. Then make a left and a hundred yards down is the entrance to the Ferry Terminal and where the video is at 0:40. Hope this helps.

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