Baltimore Canyon in Larkspur was once Janis Joplin’s backyard. Her “estate” (at 380 W. Baltimore) borders on this dreamlike hike. It’s especially enchanting now after this winter’s downpours. Dawn Falls leaps 20 feet into Larkspur Creek which courses through the heavenly art direction of redwoods, bays, madrones and everywhere, ferns. It’s a Sierra Club calendar come to life.
Drive to Madrone Avenue across from Lark Creek Tavern (formerly Inn) and, since this is a neighborhood with limited parking, leave your car by the playground and walk to the trail. Baltimore Canyon (named after a lumber company that once operated there) is only 2.2 miles and mostly flat. At the Falls, the Geezer recommends you take the switchback up to thefire trail where the Bay views are jaw-dropping.
Dogs on leashes are ok.